Italian Hoagie Dip

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4.81 from 122 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

This Italian Hoagie Dip recipe is one of the best recipes I have in my arsenal.  It makes an appearance at every single party and the bowl is always wiped clean.

 Italian Hoagie Dip with a stripped napkin.

The Italian Dip recipe is layers of Italian meats and cheese, topped with a tangy, Italian herb spread and garnished with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and peppers.  It’s a flavor explosion! Who invented the hoagie? Here is more information about this sandwich.

Here are some other appetizers that you might like to make.


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What We Love About This Italian Subs Recipe

It’s one of those dishes that has people begging for the recipe.  I’m just letting you know that now, so you can be prepared if you take it to a party.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  • 20 Minute Meal: Such a hearty dip it can replace a meal.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: A crowd pleaser for any party or game night.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-fat, low -sodium cold cuts or cheeses.
 Italian Hoagie Dip on a crostini.

Ingredient Notes for this Italian Sub Sandwich Dip

  • Pepperoni:  Chopped into bite-size pieces.
  • Roast Turkey Breast: Diced into small pieces
  • Genoa salami: Diced into the same size as the other meats and cheeses.
  • Ham: Deli ham chopped into pieces.
  • Provolone cheese chopped into small pieces
  • Onion:  Finely diced.
  • Iceberg Lettuce:  Shredded and chopped.
  • Banana Peppers: For a bit of heat, finely chopped (optional).
  • Tomato:  Seeded and chopped.
  • Mayonnaise: Any brand you have on hand.
  • Olive Oil: A good olive oil.
  • Italian Seasoning Mix: See the link for the recipe or buy at the grocery store.
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: Again, just to give a little heat.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Hoagie Spread

These are the basic steps for making italian hoagie spread. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREPARE

First, chop all your ingredients to a uniform size and then in a large bowl, combine the deli meats and cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato and banana peppers.

STEP 2: DRESSING

Next, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, olive oil. oregano, basil and pepper flakes.Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the meat mixture and stir to combine.

STEP 3: SERVE

Finally, serve with baguette slices or crackers.

Italian Hoagie Dip with a stripped napkin.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Prepare ahead of time by chopping all the ingredients and keeping in airtight containers until ready to assemble. The dressing can be prepared ahead of time too.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store veggies separate from the dip until ready to serve so that the dip will be optimally fresh.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE LOW CARB?

Use a keto or low carb mayo along with crackers that are low carb such as a cauliflower cracker.

CAN DIFFERENT MEATS AND CHEESES?

Of course you can use different meats and cheeses in this recipe.For example: Prosciutto.
Pancetta.
Capocollo
Soppressata
Gorgonzola
Pecorino Toscano
Fontina
Mozzarella

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, this is a real party pleaser so make as much or as little as your gathering necessitates.

MAKE THIS ITALIAN HERO DIP WITHOUT MAYONNAISE?

Really, the mayo adds a cream element to the dip but you can simply use an Italian Dressing, red wine vinegar and oil with oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper.

WHAT IS A HOAGIE?

A long sandwich, also known as a hero, grinder or sub. Find out more about hoagies here.

Side view of the dip.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Olives: Kalamata or black olives are wonderful in this recipe.
  • Short cut tip: Have your local deli cut your cold cuts in hunks and then dice the meats to the size you wish.
  • Variation tip: Omit the peppers if you have people who do not enjoy spicy things. Or if they like peppers add some pepperoncini too.
  • Chips: Tortilla Chips or Sun Chips are a great alternative to crackers or bread.
  • Peppers: Roasted red peppers,pepperoncini peppers, pickle such as a dill pickles are a nice addition to this dip.
  • Bread Bowl: Serve in the center of the bread loaf. Or slice hoagie rolls into smaller sized pieces and toast with a little garlic and olive oil.

What to Serve with Italian Hoagie Dip

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Italian Hoagie Dip with a stripped napkin.
4.81 from 122 votes

Italian Hoagie Dip

Yield: 8
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
This easy Italian Hoagie Dip recipe is one of my family’s all-time favorite recipes.  It has everything that an Italian Hoagie has on it but it’s chopped up and served as a dip.  Every time I make it, it gets devoured! 
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound sliced pepperoni, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 pound deli turkey breast, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 pound deli Genoa salami, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 pound deli ham, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 pound deli provolone cheese, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup hot banana peppers, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the deli meats and cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato and banana peppers.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, olive oil. oregano, basil and pepper flakes.
  • Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the meat mixture and stir to combine.
  • Serve with sliced baguette or crackers.

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Expert Tips

  • Add Olives: Kalamata or black olives are wonderful in this recipe.
  • Short cut tip: Have your local deli cut your cold cuts in hunks and then dice the meats to the size you wish.
  • Variation tip: Omit the peppers if you have people who do not enjoy spicy things. Or if they like peppers add some pepperoncini too.
  • Chips: Tortilla Chips or Sun Chips are a great alternative to crackers or bread.
  • Peppers: Roasted red peppers,pepperoncini peppers, pickle such as a dill pickles are a nice addition to this dip.
  • Bread Bowl: Serve in the center of the bread loaf. Or slice hoagie rolls into smaller sized pieces and toast with a little garlic and olive oil.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 988mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dip, football game party, hoagie

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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45 thoughts on “Italian Hoagie Dip”

  1. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic recipe that is truly addicting to eat! We’ve made this as a side for picnics, the main dish for pool days, and meal prep for work lunches. We omit the peppers, but follow the recipe the rest of the way. We like to pair it was baguette slices and Frito scoops! Definitely try this recipe – it’ll become a hit at your house and parties too!

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  2. Love your website and easy recipes – just saw you on Home and Backyard – plan to try many of these recipes.
    Thank you

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  3. 5 stars
    It’s New Year’s Eve and your Hoagie Dip is being requested AGAIN! Thank you for this great recipe. The first time i made it they went wild for it. I love it. This is definitely an East Coast recipe. Once again Thanks again.Barb

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  4. I’m going to try this for a Christmas party but was wondering if you have ever put it in a bread bowl? You know, like a rye boat with pieces of bread around it?? I was thinking a nice loaf of Italian bread maybe? Appreciate your thoughts!

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  5. 5 stars
    Three cheers for this excellent recipe! This Hoagie Dip was perfect for game night. Once this tasty dip hit the appetizer table, it didn’t stand a chance of lasting past the half hour mark. It was gobbled up right away. Next time I will reserve some of the dip for us girls before the guys consume it all!

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  6. 5 stars
    I am all about taking a regular meal and making it into a dip. With 3 boys (plus a husband), I am a bit ashamed to say we have “snack night” more often than we should. I swear to all that is Holy, there is some type of sport on TV every night!!

    Anyway, I got sidetracked. I really just came on here to tell you thank you so much for this super yummy recipe. I was able to provide something different for (yet another) sporting event on television and still sneak veggies into my family!

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    • Breaded Tomatoes

      1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
      1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
      1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
      1/4 cup milk
      4 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
      2 tablespoons olive oil
      1/3 to 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

      In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, onion, Parmesan
      cheese, salt and Italian seasoning. Place milk in another bowl. Dip
      tomato slices in milk, then coat with crumb mixture. In a large skillet,
      heat oil. Fry tomato slices for 2 minutes on each side or until golden
      brown. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

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  7. 5 stars
    How far ahead can I make this? I figure it would be good to make ahead for the flavors to meld, but I don’t want the lettuce and tomato to get funky? I have made it before and LOVED it, but served it right away. Thanks!

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    • You can definitely make this dip ahead of time – it’s great to let the flavors meld together. I would not add the lettuce or tomato until you’re ready to serve though. I usually prepare them and store them separately and add them right before serving.

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  8. I really enjoyed the segment on WNEP channel 16 Home and Backyard Hoagie Dip , & White pizza dip. I’m going to. try both Looks delish. Thank you

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  9. Hi there….I think it may have been me passing around the hoagie dip at Harborfest. My husband has a boat at Wright’s Landing (PrimeTime).

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    • Lol! I’ll bet it was you! My parents used to keep their boat at that marina (Little Bitty). We talked about that hoagie dip for days! I had to figure out how to make it! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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