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The Big Whip

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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.

piggy bank 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


[found]February 1st[/found] Kid tested, Mother Approved. approved1 smilie

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8 thoughts on “The Big Whip”

  1. liss,
    first and foremost, thank you for doing all you to to share money saving recipes and other things with us! you taking time to take and upload photos is so nice so we can see the step by step process is so helpful.
    as for this sandwich and the cost! wow wee wow wow!

    we’ve had plenty of, what we call ‘hoags’ or ‘cubans’.

    this rates right up there and it’s much cheaper… we’re going to have to try it warmed up as well.
    some times we use a fat free italian knock off dressing on our sandwiches. thought i’d share that.

    thanks again!


  2. thank you for all you do for us liss. you are a god send for all of us i’m sure. by the way, thank you for the yummy sounding sandwich to munch on.


    • This looks fantastic. A great rival to the Subway sandwiches that I love – but much cheaper. This will be on this week’s menu at our house.

  3. we love to make these. i check at walmart and buy their day old french bread, italian, or whatever bread that is clearance – usually 80-90 cents. We freeze it and use it when we make these.

    Just thought I would add it.

    Just love the pictures! We haven’t toasted ours yet, will definitely have to try! Thanks

  4. 5 stars
    I was really in the mood for a big, hearty sandwich, so I decided to try this big whip recipe I found online. I have to say, I was really impressed! The sandwich was packed full of flavor, and the bacon added a nice touch. The only downside is that it was a bit messy to eat, but that’s definitely something I can live with. Overall, I would definitely recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a hearty, filling meal. Thanks for the idea of the big whip!


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