Copycat Kmart Sub Recipe - The Food Hussy (2024)

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Back in the day, Kmart had restaurants in the back and this Kmart sub recipe takes me back!!! My Grandpa would always indulge me with their wonderful sub sandwich. Every bite was a taste of my past! Plus – it’s loaded with 3 meats, cheese and tons of veggies!

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What You Will Love About Kmart Sub Sandwich

Besides the nostalgia of the restaurant, the blue light specials and my Grandpa cutting his hot dog with his pocket knife (ew) and sharing some co*kes with me – this wonderful K-mart Sub recipe is delicious! Layered with ham, salami & bologna – one layer of cheese and then LOADS of fresh veggies – I’ve eaten this sub sandwich every day this week!

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Kmart Sub Sandwich Ingredients

  • Super soft sub rolls – this is probably the hardest part – finding the right long sub roll!
  • Meats
    • Salami – preferably WITH the peppercorns – 2 slices salami per sandwich
    • Bologna – Kmart used Oscar Mayer but I went with Kahn’s from the deli counter because it’s my favorite – 1 slice bologna per sandwich
    • Honey Roasted Ham – Oscar Mayer Honey Loaf Ham here as well – back in the day – Oscar Mayer was sort of the only game in town! 1 slice ham per sandwich
  • American Cheese – Kmart used Kraft cheese slices – I went for Land O’Lakes because it’s the best!!!!! 2 cheese slices per sandwich
  • Veggies
    • White onion – sliced sliver thin
    • Lettuce – shredded iceberg of course!
    • Tomato slices – super thin
    • Banana peppers – the yellow sweet mild banana pepper rings add an amazing and tangy crunch
    • Dill pickle – thinly sliced
  • Mustard – French’s yellow mustard is the only condiment because it these sandwiches were sitting out in the store
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How to Make K-mart Sub Sandwich

This sandwich is all about the layers!!! Here’s how to make it:

  • Slice all of your veggies ahead of time – so then all you’re doing is layering.
  • Slice your meats in half as well – this way you’re not folding them and they fit lengthwise in that long sub bun
  • Open the bun but don’t tear the hinge of the bread into two pieces & start with the squirt of mustard on both the top bun and bottom of the sandwich.
    • If your sub roll isn’t sliced, be sure to use a serrated knife to hinge it open
  • Stack it up! Going from the bottom bun to the top:
    • 4 Salami halves
    • 2 Bologna halves
    • 4 Cheese halves
    • 2 Ham halves
    • Onion slivers
    • Tomato – 4 thin slices
    • Shredded Lettuce
    • Banana Peppers
    • Pickle slivers
  • Close and smush that sandwich and wrap it in foil or plastic wrap.
  • Be sure to leave it sit out at room temperature for 30 min or so before serving
    • Or if making ahead – wrap them up and pop them in the refrigerator
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Tips, Tricks & FAQs

What kind of ham did Kmart use?

They used Honey Loaf Ham – which is hard to find these days. I went with sliced honey ham.

What kind of cheese did Kmart use?

Kraft American cheese slices – but I used Land O’Lakes because it tastes so much better!!!

What kind of mustard did Kmart use?

They would spread that traditional French’s yellow mustard in a v-shape pattern on the top and bottom of the bun.

What goes with this sub sandwich?

Frozen co*ke and a bag of Lays chips of course – just like Kmart!

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Variations

This Kmart sub recipe is pretty specific on ingredients – but you can mix it up a bit! Here are a few ideas for additions:

  • Dressing – a drizzle of olive oil, vinegar, chunky kosher salt & pepper on this sandwich is a delicious addition!
  • Cheese – swap out those American cheese slices for something stronger like Swiss cheese
  • Add more Veg – thinly sliced bell peppers & cucumbers would add more crunch
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Kmart Sub Sandwich Recipe

Back in the day, Kmart had restaurants in the back and this Kmart sub recipe takes me back!!! My Grandpa would always indulge me with their wonderful sub sandwich. Every bite was a taste of my past! Plus – it's loaded with 3 meats, cheese and tons of veggies!

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins

Course Entree

Cuisine American

Servings 4 people

Calories 558 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 submarine rolls
  • 8 slices salami
  • 4 slices bologna
  • 4 slices honey ham
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 1/4 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 small tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup banana peppers
  • 1 dill pickle thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup French's yellow mustard

Instructions

  • Slice all of your veggies ahead of time – so then all you're doing is layering.

  • Slice your meats in half as well – this way you're not folding them and they fit lengthwise in that long sub bun

  • Open the bun but don't tear the hinge of the bread into two pieces & start with the squirt of mustard on both the top bun and bottom of the sandwich. If your sub roll isn't sliced, be sure to use a serrated knife to hinge it open

    4 submarine rolls

  • Stack it up! Going from the bottom bun to the top:

    4 Salami halves

    2 Bologna halves

    4 Cheese halves

    2 Ham halves

    Onion slivers

    Tomato – 4 thin slices

    Shredded Lettuce

    Banana Peppers

    Pickle slivers

    8 slices salami, 4 slices bologna, 4 slices honey ham, 4 slices American cheese, 1/4 onion, 1 cup shredded lettuce, 2 small tomatoes, 1/3 cup banana peppers, 1 dill pickle, 1/4 cup French's yellow mustard

  • Close and smush that sandwich and wrap it in foil or plastic wrap.

  • Be sure to leave it sit out at room temperature for 30 min or so before serving

    Or if making ahead – wrap them up and pop them in the refrigerator

Notes

**We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 558kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 26gFat: 25.7gSaturated Fat: 10.8gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 1619mgPotassium: 358mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 5.7gCalcium: 144mgIron: 2mg

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  1. TCRider says

    Copycat Kmart Sub Recipe - The Food Hussy (8)
    I love it. I remember eating them as a kid. Not too often (no money as a kid), but I remember them.

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  2. Cynbad says

    Copycat Kmart Sub Recipe - The Food Hussy (9)
    Omg! I hope this tastes like the original. As a child my Mother couldn’t get me to eat ANY sandwich with lunch meat. But, for some unexplained reason, I LOVED the Kmart sub. I saved my money for Kmart days just to get the sub.

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