Kmart Sub's - a Blast from the Past!

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 0 mins

I had an awful craving hit me for one of these wonderful K-mart Sub's and HAD to have one! I searched high and low and finally found a woman on a message board that used to work the deli counter in the late 80's at a K-mart in Dayton, Ohio. This was one of the same stores that my Mom would take me as a kid to get one of these wonderful sub's and a frozen Coke! I used to stand in front of the counter and watch them make these sub's and remembered all but one of the ingredients. Make sure that you wrap your sub's and allow them to sit for 30 minutes before serving or they are not the same. This allows the bread, meat and veggies to show some love to one another.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 submarine rolls, White Soft Split Sarah Lee
  • 8 slices salami, with the embedded peppercorns
  • 4 slices oscar mayer bologna
  • 4 slices oscar mayer honey-roasted ham
  • 4 slices kraft American cheese
  • 14 onion, sliced sliver thin
  • 12 ounce lettuce, shredded
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 ounce banana pepper, yellow sweet mild banana pepper rings
  • 1 dill pickle, whole sliced sliver thin
  • 1 ounce french's yellow mustard


  1. Slice all of your veg; dill pickle, tomato, lettuce and onion. Layout your meats in a stack and slice them half. Slice your cheese in half.
  2. Open the rolls without breaking the hinge of the bread. Squirt on the mustard in a V shape pattern across both the top and bottom bun.
  3. TOP BUN: Place 4-6 pickle slivers on the top bun.
  4. BOTTOM BUN: 4 salami halves. 2 bologna halves. 2 cheese slices. 2 ham halves. 4 tomato slices. Shredded lettuce. 4-8 pepper rings.
  5. Carefully close the sandwich and wrap it in foil or plastic wrap and allow to sit either at room temperature or in the refrigerator, for 30 minutes.
  6. Unwrap and serve!
  7. NOTE: K-Mart used Honey Loaf Ham. I cannot locate it on the West coast, but Mom says she still buys it in the deli back in Ohio. If you can find it, use it! The stuff is addicting.


Most Helpful

Every Saturday morning in 1969 at 7am, all alone at K-Mart 40Hwy and Noland Rd, Independence, MO, wearing my white mini waitress dress, I set out to make Submarine sandwiches. First step:Set up ( 2 ) 8ft long wood tables. Step (2): open and lay out Wonder Bread hoagie buns. Step (3)" dip spatula into white plastic tub of yellow mustard and smear on each bun. Step (4): Grab a bunch of shredded Iceberg lettuce and sprinkle on top of mustard. Step (5): place 3 thin slices of salami on each. Step (6): place 3 thin slices bologna on each. Step (7): place 3 thin slices of deli ham on each. Step (8): use 2 (1/2) slices of American cheese. Step (9): place (3) thin white onion rings. Step (10): only use 3 see through thin sliced tomatoes. Step (11): finish Sub with 3 dill pickle slices. Step (12): Fold and Stuff all 128 Submarines into plastic sacks with twist tie. Take to the cigarette/Submarine counter in the front of the store and place in glass cooler. 3 for $1.00 or when we had green light special get them for 4 for $1.00!

gettingold422 July 28, 2009

I worked for Kmart in Detroit for a long time doing those subs by the hundreds of thousands! We started with maustars on left, then some shredded lettuce, a slice of each:bologna, cotto salami, spiced luncheon meat(dutch loaf is the closest I can find. 2 strips of american cheese,2 tomato slices,3 dill pickle slices,then a few strips of onions, thin sliced. ENJOY

janetr heidi July 30, 2009

Great recipe. And a total Blast From The Past. My Dad used to take me to K-Mart quite often in the early to mid 70's and we almost always went to the 'diner' to get the Submarine Sandwich. I don't remember the sliced peppers though, but I do remember that they always had the periscope, which was a green olive stuffed with pimento, of course, on a toothpick and stuck in the center of the sandwich. These were fresh-made to order, but there were sandwiches packed int the cooler under the counter which were pre-made, but those did not have the periscope and my Dad would not buy a sub sandwich without a periscope! LOL He said it was not a real Submarine Sandwich without the periscope...and I agree.

He was also a connoisseur of gas station sold pre-packed sandwiches. The kind delivered in a wedge pack and sealed up. There is really something wonderful about bread, mayo, mustard, some kind of meat, usually ham, wilted lettuce and soggy American cheese on a day old sandwich. Really. I still try to make sandwiches like these to this day, make them, seal them and put in the fridge at least 8 hours, marvelous!

But of course, this must be nostalgic more than anything else as we all know fresh food is so much better. But still...?

And then we would listen to CBS Radio Mystery Theater on the radio in his old boat car from the late 60's on the way home as it just began to get dark. A full tummy, some new clothes, or whatever we bought from K-Mart and a radio show to stimulate the brain, well, it was a fond memory of a time gone for me. Still is.

M@sterCh3f October 19, 2011

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