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How To Make a GREAT Deli Sandwich

Updated on September 25, 2014

Bite into this deli sandwich and prepare to be delighted!

These deli sandwiches are delicious. I've heard many people say they are the best deli sandwiches they've ever had. They are toasted with mozzarella cheese and filled with fresh deli ingredients of each customer's own choosing.

In our town people are happy to pay around five dollars for deli sandwiches like these. (I'm sure in a larger city people would gladly pay more.)

These deli sandwiches are great for fund raising booths. If you're planning to open a restaurant, you could add them to your menu.

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Assemble your deli sandwich ingredients

...before you start.

Before you start you'll need to assemble the ingredients you want on your deli sandwich. I make each deli sandwich to order -- everyone chooses to have or hold any of the ingredients.

I've seen some weird combinations! Some people asked for extra this or that. One man always wanted everything with added jalapenos. Another woman wanted only meat, cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce and lots of pickles on her deli sandwich. We always wondered if she was pregnant. (She wasn't.)

Here's what to offer on your deli sandwiches:

White or Bavarian freshly baked bread roll (Bridgeford) or alternatively, a french roll

Mozarella cheese (with added cheddar on a few types of sandwiches: veggie or ham)

Mayonnaise - or a vegan mayonnaise substitute

Mustard - I like organic stone ground mustard.

Onions - white or yellow onions are fine.

Lettuce - whatever type of lettuce you love most.

Tomato - sliced thin.

Olives - sliced black olives.

Pepperoncinis - spicy hot!

Pickles - ordinary dill pickle slices.

Meat choices: Canadian bacon aka. "ham", salami, roast beef, pastrami, turkey, and fajita chicken strips.

For vegetarians: avocado and alfalfa sprouts

Warming up bread - yes, this is a warm bread deli sandwich... great recipe!

You will be surprised how much better a deli sandwich is with warm bread.

Slice the bread roll and sprinkle it with grated mozarella cheese. If you're having a veggie or ham deli sandwich, add some cheddar. Or don't. Remember, this deli sandwich is to be made to match your preferences.

Place the sliced bread on a cookie sheet and put it in a hot oven until the cheese is melted. It tastes especially good if you let the mozarella toast just a little.

Next... Mayonnaise and Mustard - ...the basic condiments for a deli sandwich.

Spread mayonnaise on both slices of bread and add a little mustard to the top half.

The Top Half of your Deli Sandwich

...add deli sandwich ingredients in this order.

On the top half of the bread sprinkle chopped onions. Then make a pile of shredded lettuce and on top of that add two thin slices of tomato.

The Bottom Half of Your Deli Sandwich

...add deli sandwich ingredients in this order.

On the bottom half of the bread put about eight to ten sliced olives. On top of that sprinkle shredded pepperoncinis, and on top of that place about six pickle slices.

Next add the deli meat of your choice, or avocado if you want a veggie sandwich.

If this is a veggie sandwich, add sprouts on top of the avocado.

Put Your Deli Sandwich Together


You can wrap your deli sandwiches in plastic to go, or place them on a plate with toothpicks to keep the pieces in place. Finish by offering a bag of chips on the side.

Healthy Deli Sandwiches

The deli sandwich cookbook - ...a deli cookbook to inspire you!

The Great Deli Cookbook: An Adventure No Equaled in Modern Gastronomy
The Great Deli Cookbook: An Adventure No Equaled in Modern Gastronomy

Do you love deli? Why not cook deli style at home? This cookbook will give you some helpful inspirations.


How to Make a Deli Sandwich

Your deli sandwich comments are welcome... - Hope you enjoy your deli sandwich!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I'll take one pastrami and one turkey, please. You can put them on any kind of wheat bread painted with a little of that stone-ground mustard. Cushion the meats in lots of lettuce and thinly-sliced tomatoes. OK, now how much do I owe you?

      Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Hazelton 3 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      This sandwich making tips are terrific. I have to try your style of deli sandwich making.

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      Wow , you have put on a super lens. I just love to experiment with my sandwiches and this info of yours has helped in a big way. Thank you for sharing this lens with us.

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      RedHotCard 4 years ago

      Pickle tip for deli sandwiches. Buy the long sliced dills. Buy Famous Dave's dills. Swap some of the pickles and let cure for awhile. Use the long sliced pickles out of the Dave's jar. Dave's have sweetness plus heat and it works great. Add one of Dave's spears to your sandwich plate.

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      speedbuggy 4 years ago

      deli sandwiches are something I can never get enough of. They are so good and I like to try different combos to see what kind of sandwiches I can come up with when I'm hungry. I will definitely be trying the way you recommend the next time I make one... thanks for making such a great lens!

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      RedHotCard 4 years ago

      I'm an "old" widower and use my sandwich grill 4-5 times a week! Hard to re-open sandwich to add lettuce, though. Melted cheese interferes. Favorites are Philly beef and cheese and Cubans.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like deli sandwiches, reading this lens made me want one, great lens

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      MusicMadness LM 4 years ago

      Just reading about deli sandwhiches makes me hungry. I don't eat much bread lately since I've gone Paleo, but I have no hesitation about eating all the good stuff in between.

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      NejaLovely 4 years ago

      I am obssesed with sandwiches!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      deli sandwich! are reallly yumiiiiieeeeeeeeeeee......good job!!!!

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      There is an art to making a truly terrific deli sandwich and this lens is making me hungry. Nicely done.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Slurp, this sandwich lens is awesome, because it shows you the hidden techniques and items behind a good sandwich! I didn't knew there were so many items!

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      Short_n_Sweet 4 years ago

      Yummy lens!! Looking forward to eating a deli sandwich:-)

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      Who doesn't love a good deli sandwich!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There is nothing better than a good ol' deli sandwich! I am so hungry for one right now!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm finding SO many food ideas on Squidoo! :-)

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @racingdatabase: This really is a great site for cooking ideas and recipes of all kinds.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @boblewis87: Sounds good!

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      boblewis87 4 years ago

      I eat this sort of Delli few times a week. I put little more vegies, butter, and extra cheese. It's delicious.

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      racingdatabase 4 years ago

      Great lens and brilliant ideas. I'm finding SO many food ideas on Squidoo! :-)

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