Celebrate Hoagie Day

National Hoagie Day Hoagie Rolls ~ These sturdy oval rolls can handle plenty of sandwich toppings without falling apart or getting soggy.  The oval shape is perfect for making individual sandwiches without having to cut or fold the meats or cheeses, and the lettuce, tomatoes, and anything else just perch on top waiting to please your palette. According to Domenis Vitiello, professor of Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the hoagie originated in Pennsylvania.  He claims that Italians working at the World War I era shipyard in Philadelphia, known as Hog Island, introduced the sandwich by placing meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread.  This became known as the “Hog Island” sandwich; hence, the “hoagie”.

The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizen’s Manual claim that twentieth century street vendors called “hokey-pokey men” sliced long loaves of bread in half and stuffed them with antipasto salad, and sold them as “hoagies” during the Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta H.M.S. Phinafore opening in Philadelphia in 1879.

Another explanation also arises from the early twentieth century.  The Italian community in South Philadelphia described a destitute person as “on the hoke.”  Deli owners would give away scraps of cheese and meats in an Italian bread-roll known as a “hokie”, but the Italian immigrants pronounced it “hoagie.”  {The above information was found at National Whatever Day.}

So…this May 5th, while others are celebrating Cinco de Mayo, let’s celebrate National Hoagie Day by making hoagie sandwiches.

Hoagie Rolls ~ These sturdy oval rolls can handle plenty of sandwich toppings without falling apart or getting soggy.  The oval shape is perfect for making individual sandwiches without having to cut or fold the meats or cheeses, and the lettuce, tomatoes, and anything else just perch on top waiting to please your palette.Although not the traditional long hoagie loaves, these sturdy oval rolls can handle plenty of sandwich toppings without falling apart or getting soggy.  The oval shape is perfect for making individual sandwiches without having to cut or fold the meats or cheeses, and the lettuce, tomatoes, and anything else just perch on top waiting to please your palette.

Making hoagie rolls aren’t much different than making any other kind of roll, but they do need some water spritzing during the baking cycle to give them a bit of a crusty top.  Give these delicious sandwich rolls a try ~ you won’t be disappointed.

Hoagie Rolls ~ These sturdy oval rolls can handle plenty of sandwich toppings without falling apart or getting soggy.  The oval shape is perfect for making individual sandwiches without having to cut or fold the meats or cheeses, and the lettuce, tomatoes, and anything else just perch on top waiting to please your palette.

Hoagie Rolls

* Depending on the size of roll you want this recipe yields 9-11 rolls.
Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients:

4 – 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water
3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

For baking: a pan, 1 cup hot water, a spray bottle filled with water

Directions:

1. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the warm water, oil, yeast, and sugar, and mix well.
2. Add the salt and 2 cups of flour, and mix well.
3. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, uncovered.
4. Add the remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until you make a soft dough that does not stick to the sides or bottom of the mixing bowl and just barely sticks to your fingers when touching it.  {You probably won’t need to use all 4-1/2 cups of flour.}
5. Spray a bowl {or your mixing bowl} with cooking spray, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and allow to rise until double {about 1 hour}.

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6. Divide the dough equally and shape into balls.  {I make 9 rolls and the dough weighs out to be about 3.9 ounces each.}
7. Roll the balls to make ovals and then place them on parchment, Silpat, or lightly greased baking sheets.  {I use two baking sheets.}
8. Cover lightly with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray and allow to rise until almost doubled {about 30 minutes}.
9. Put a pan {I use a jelly roll pan} on the bottom oven rack.
10. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
11. Slash the tops of the rolls lengthwise, 1/8-1/4″ deep.
12. Put one pan of rolls in the oven, pour 1 cup of hot water in the pan on the bottom rack, and close the oven door.
13. Thirty seconds later, spritz the tops of the rolls with water, close the door and bake for 5 minutes.
14. Spritz again, and bake for 5 more minutes.
15. Spritz one more time, and bake for another 5 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are golden brown.
{Total baking time is 15-17 minutes.} {Repeat baking instructions for the other pan.}

 

You should now have delicious rolls that look similar to these:

Hoagie Rolls ~ These sturdy oval rolls can handle plenty of sandwich toppings without falling apart or getting soggy.  The oval shape is perfect for making individual sandwiches without having to cut or fold the meats or cheeses, and the lettuce, tomatoes, and anything else just perch on top waiting to please your palette.

When they have cooled you will probably make a delicious sandwich that looks similar to this:

Hoagie Rolls ~ These sturdy oval rolls can handle plenty of sandwich toppings without falling apart or getting soggy.  The oval shape is perfect for making individual sandwiches without having to cut or fold the meats or cheeses, and the lettuce, tomatoes, and anything else just perch on top waiting to please your palette.

 Enjoy the deliciousness of the humble sandwich.

In closing, here are some really odd May national days:
6 ~ No Diet Day {hooray}
8 ~ No Socks Day
9 ~ Lost Sock Memorial Day
10 ~ Clean Up Your Room Day
11 ~ Twilight Zone Day
13 ~ Frog Jumping Day
14 ~ Dance Like a Chicken Day
16 ~ Sea Monkey Day
17 ~ Pack Rat Day
18 ~ No Dirty Dishes Day
19 ~ Be a Millionaire Day
22 ~ Buy a Musical Instrument Day
23 ~ Lucky Penny Day
24 ~ Escargot Day
25 ~ Tap Dance Day & Towel Day

Happy May!

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26 Responses to Celebrate Hoagie Day

  1. Trish - Mom On Timeout May 2, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Now this is a recipe I need to have! The rolls look delicious – pinned!

    • Lori May 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      If you’re like me, one can never have too many great bread/roll recipes. I’m glad you think these look delicious. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

  2. Maureen May 3, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    Will be trying these ones! Here in Canada Hoagies are known as submarine sandwiches (or subs for short)! May 5th is my Mom’s birthday and I am hosting, so I think some of these just might be on the sandwich tray.

    • Lori May 3, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      Yea. We call them subs, too, or hoagies. Let me know what else is on your menu. You are an amazing cook ~ your creations always look so delicious.

  3. Carol May 3, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    YUM! These look amazing.

    • Lori May 3, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      They are delicious. Give them a try and let me know how you like them.

  4. Leilani May 3, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Lovely! Interesting history.:)

    • Lori May 3, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      Thank you, Leilani. I, too, found the history of the hoagie to be interesting.

  5. Adelina Priddis May 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    I love random holidays, lol! I think I’m more on board this hoagie day than Cinco De Mayo anyways. Thank you for the bit of humor (Lost Sock Memorial Day, lol!), and for sharing this recipe at Foodie Friday.

    • Lori May 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

      You and me, both. I’m not into Cinco de Mayo at all. And I love the random holidays ~ they are so fun {and funny}. Thanks for hosting your link party.

  6. Barbara May 4, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    There’s something in the water in Philly that makes hoagie rolls special. Nothing can touch Amarosa rolls. YUM! Or a soft pretzel bought from a street vendor. Making myself hungry! Just got Tastykakes down here in FL. I’ve been in FL more than 1/2 my life & still miss Philly food. Will definitely be celebrating Hoagie day!

    • Lori May 4, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

      You’re making me want to take another trip to Philadelphia for the yummy food. We’ll be celebrating, too. Have a great weekend.

  7. Kim May 4, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    The hoagies look perfect. You are an amazing baker!

    • Lori May 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      Thanks, Kim. I don’t think I’m an amazing baker, I just make what I like and somehow it turns out. 🙂

  8. Marlene @Nosh My Way May 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    You’ve got some great looking hoagie rolls. Thanks for sharing them on Foodie Friends Friday.

    • Lori May 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

      Thanks, Marlene. I’m coming on over to your blog to see what you have. With a blog name like Nosh My Way I’m sure you have lots of yummy creations.

  9. Krista Low May 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    I love making homemade bread and rolls, I will have to try out this recipe! I like the fun list of celbrations at the end. I had no idea they even existed 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

    • Lori May 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      I know; I didn’t either. It’s fun, though, having funny celebrations. I’m going to come see what good things you have on your blog.

  10. Daniela May 8, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Now, that’s something I didn’t know about my fellow compatriots!! enjoy your hoogie rolls : they look delicious 🙂

    • Lori May 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      Thank you, Daniela. Glad you enjoyed the information.

  11. Rita May 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    These hogie buns look so yummy! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try them out!

    • Lori May 10, 2013 at 12:54 am #

      Thanks for hosting your link party. Let me know how you like them.

  12. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such May 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    I had no idea about this day….plus I was partied-out from MayTheFourth…taking note for next year, and all the other random days you listed :o)
    Your hoagie rolls look wonderful- stopping by from Wonderful Food Wednesday, have a great week!

    • Lori May 9, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks, Kim. Haha. I just took a look at your blog and I see why May 4th partied you out. Next year you can celebrate back-to-back these two fun days.

  13. Heather May 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi Lori. Stopping by from Fluster’s blog party. These hoagie rolls look so good! Great job!

    Have a beautiful day.
    Heather

    • Lori May 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      Thank you so much, Heather. I hope you have a lovely day, too.

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