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The Big Whip . . .another Dirt Cheap Meal

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Some evenings, trying to figure out what to make for dinner that will feed Teenage boys (who seemingly have hollow legs to fill at dinnertime!), is often a daunting task.

Sometimes we have sports events to run to, sometimes it's Civil Air Patrol meetings or events. Whatever happens, here is a meal that will feed 4-6 hearty appetites in less than 15 minutes time.

I call it, The Big Whip.- it's a monster sandwich that you can whip together with whatever odds and ends you have in the fridge.

Here is the general run-down of what you need and how to make it:

1 large loaf of Italian Bread, halved lengthwise
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Salami
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Ham
  • Bacon Slices, (cooked!)

Additional Cold Ingredients:
  • 1 Small onion, sliced
  • 1 Tomato, Sliced
  • a Few leaves of Lettuce
  • Pickle Slices

Preheat the oven to 400F

Slice the Italian Bread in half lengthwise and place on a large cookie sheet.

Add layers of meat and cheese, as desired. Place in the oven to toast (approximately 5 minutes) & melt the cheeses.

In the meantime line some lettuce up (the length of your italian bread) on a cutting board , add layers of sliced tomatoes and onions.

Once Cheese is melted and meats are hot, Remove from oven, add mayo if desired,

Carefully add the nice row of veggies you have prepared:

Fold over the top and VOILA! Instant Mega Meal. . . .

Cut into 4 or 6 pieces, depending on the size of the appetite.

This is the kind of meal that is great when company shows up unexpectedly, or on Game Day. It really fills you up and doesn't cost an armload to prepare.

Approximate Cost of Meal for 4-6 people:

  • 1 Loaf Italian Bread $1.50
  • 5 slices Provolone Cheese- .14ea x5 = .70
  • 5 Slices Swiss Cheese -.12ea x 5 = .60
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes = .86
  • Lettuce Leaves = .38
  • 5 Slices Ham = .08ea = .40
  • 5 Slices Salami = .095ea = .48
  • onion- negligible, takes maybe 1/4 of an onion at most

= $4.92 to feed 4-6 People

  • -> Feeding 4 people - $1.23 per person
  • ->Feeding 6 people = .82 per person

Kid tested, Mother Approved.

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  1. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    This looks sooooo good!!
  2. Liss's Avatar
    Thank you, they are really yummy. I don't make them very often because I try to avoid eating bread, etc but it is a great way to use up leftover sandwich meats/cheeses, or even grilled chicken, baked ham, meatloaf slices, etc. You could put just about anything on it and they'll love it.
  3. brchbell's Avatar
    Oh I could do this for our next Home School meeting! We always bring in finger type foods for a meal to start with.
  4. FreebieQueen's Avatar
    You might want to get some of those giant toothpicks- like the kind they use for cocktails, to hold the pieces together if you're going to cut it into more than 6 pieces.
  5. sophiahana's Avatar
    Liss, what a great idea, and it looks so goooood. I will definitely try it. I'm getting hungry just looking at the photos. Most nights I have no idea what to make for dinner. Thanks for the tip.