Grinder, Hoagie and Philly Cheesesteak Rolls

"This is the perfect recipe for any sandwich that requires that pizza house hoagie roll that we all love. This is a scaled down version of a recipe from the PMQ Recipe Bank where you can find a lot of authentic pizza industry recipes."
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins


  • 1 18 cups water (about 70 degrees F)
  • 1 58 teaspoons salt
  • 3 38 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 23 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 ounces bread flour, a strong flour like a Hi-Gluten Flour
  • 2 12 teaspoons yeast


  • Mix the ingredients until smooth and well-blended. Scale the dough into 3.5 oz balls. I usually get about 7 balls from a batch this size. Allow them to rest for 20-30 minutes then roll them into a thin sheet about 1/4 inch thick. Roll each sheet (jelly roll fashion) to form long slender loaves. Place loaves onto an oiled baking sheet with the seam side down. Keep them 2 inches apart so they do not touch during the next rise.
  • Place the tray of formed loaves in a warm oven (ideal is 100 degrees with 75% humidity). I usually place a bowl of water in the lower oven to keep things humid. Allow the loaves to rise for 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Once risen, use a razor to make a 1/4 inch deep slit on the top of the loaves and mist them lightly with water. Bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees or until they turn brown.
  • Remove them from the oven and cool them on wire screens or racks. The rolls last only a day or two before becoming stale. They are great for Italian hoagies or Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches.

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  1. This didn't work for me. I was pretty disappointed in this recipe. The rolls didn't rise well so they were pretty dense. I felt like they needed a little more salt. I followed the recipe exactly so I didn't use a greased pan (though I had a little inner argument about whether or not I should since I'm not a complete baking newbie) -- needless to say, half of each roll had to be soaked off the baking sheet.
  2. I've been waiting a long time for this recipe. Your photos helped the process. Thank you for your time and effort on this endeavor. YUM!



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