The Classic Rhode Island Grinder

READY IN: 5mins
Recipe by quotFoodThe Way To

Sandwiches just aren't sandwiches in R.I. They are called "grinders", "subs" and are made on "torpedo" rolls. "Torpedo" rolls can be filled with Italian cold cuts, meatballs & peppers,or veal parmesan. In other parts of the country, these sandwiches are called "heros", "hoagies" or "po'boys". Be creative and enjoy!

Top Review by FoodieFanatic

Grinder, Hoagie, Sub, whatever you call it, it's an excellent sandwich! I used the jarred pickled pepperoncini rings in mine, and added mayo and a dash of oil and vinegar. Couldn't be any better! Had along with Salt and Vinegar chips for a totally awesome lunch!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brush the inside of the torpedo roll with generous amount olive oil and a drizzle of red wine vinegar.
  2. On one side of the roll, place a single layer of thin sliced onions, then a layer of tomato slices.
  3. Add as much lettuce/greens as desired.
  4. Continue to place layers of Italian meats and cheese on the roll.
  5. Top the filled side of the torpedo roll with the other side of the roll.
  6. Press firmly together and slice in half at an angle.
  7. NOTE: In R.I. the sandwich is left open and placed under a broiler or in the oven until the cheese melts. Remove and put top of roll back on and cut in half.

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