Philly Italian Hoagie
This recipe is for an authentic Philly Hoagie, not a sub, hero, or whatever Subway or whomever tries to sell you.(with the exception of Wawa, they can make a Hoagie).
I grew up in the Philly area and as a kid ate a lot of hoagies. I say Philly but really mean the Delaware Valley which is greater Philly, and is a place of many neighborhoods. Most of them had a hoagie shop (serving hoagies, cheese steaks, etc ) The best hoagies are not in Philly itself (forget Pat's, etc), you need to go outside of the city to find them. With the help of my uncle who traveled all around the area as a painting estimator, and who was in most of the neighborhoods at one time or another, and hence hoagie shops, I learned what a truly good hoagie is and how to make them. We discussed it often.
A key, indeed a fundamental part of a true Philly hoagie is the roll, most often made by Amoroso’s in Philly. Amorosso’s delivers their rolls all over the Delaware Valley, and also ships them frozen throughout the US. It defines a Philly hoagie, and is the essence of a cheese steak too. Its the main reason I don't even bother to make hoagies here in Vermont, the bread sucks, nough said.
Wikipedia claims a hoagie is just another form of sub sandwich. WRONG. If you are in the Philly area, go to Phil and Jim's in Chester PA, off of Rt. 352. You will see what I mean. They make it fresh, slice the meat right in front of you, all the best ingredients, Amoroso's rolls, the true deal. Enjoy.
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