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Italian Hoagie Dip

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Years and years ago, a friend made this Italian Hoagie Dip for a party I was at, and it was love at first bite. I’m a talker and normally make my rounds at parties, but at this get-together, the Italian Hoagie Dip was my favorite new friend.

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It was one of those dishes that I woke up the next morning thinking about it and wondering if it was really as good as I remembered or if the 3 glasses of wine were clouding my judgement. I emailed the friend asking for the recipe and then promptly promised myself that I would only make it once every few years since it was a very real danger that I would devour that entire batch myself.

No worries, though friends. It was as good as I remembered. And I grew up with a sub shop not far from my home with authentic Italian hoagies that people drive all over for. Really, incredibly good hoagies. I still will very rarely get one anywhere else (even in the town I’ve now lived in for 17 years), because nothing compares to the ones that I grew up with.

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This dip tastes like those hoagies. It seriously does. It should really be called A&M Italian Hoagie Dip. Side note: If you’re ever visiting Hersheypark, drive 5 minutes down the road and stop by A&M. No affiliation at all… they just should be shouted from every rooftop in Central PA!

It’s been a few years since I’ve made it because of that whole thing about me devouring it all by myself and because I’m actually not really a lunchmeat fan. Even if you look at my ham sliders that I looove, there’s no lunchmeat! I use real ham slices, although you certainly could use lunchmeat there if you wanted!

There’s really no logical reason why I should like this dip so much, because I rarely eat lunch meat and when I do it’s usually in a hot sandwich (a grilled ham and cheese will always be okay in this house). But for some reason, this dip gets me over my dislike of lunchmeat and tastes amazing.


Classic Italian Hoagie Dip Recipe

I usually mix everything but the lettuce up the night before. I think it tastes better when made the day before, so the flavors have a chance to blend together. I know some people just throw their chopped lettuce in at this point too, but I wait and add the lettuce right before we leave for our picnic.

I just have this thing with wilted lettuce (this post is making me sound like I have “a thing” with lots of foods. I swear I don’t!). But wilted lettuce and I do not gel too well, so the lettuce gets added right before serving for me. Do whatever is easiest for you, though!

Italian Hoagie Dip

This dip tastes exactly like a real Italian Hoagie and is great served with baguette slices or crackers!

  • 1/4 lb. pepperoni
  • 1/4 lb. smoked turkey breast (chipped)
  • 1/4 lb. deli ham (chipped)
  • 1/4 lb. Genoa salami
  • 1/4 lb. provolone cheese
  • 1/4 lb. longhorne or Muenster cheese
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup banana peppers (chopped)
  • 1 medium tomato (seeded and chopped)
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 3/4 tbsp. dried basil
  1. Cut all of your lunchmeat and cheese into small pieces. I try to separate most of the cheese so it doesn’t stick together.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the lunchmeat, cheese, onion, banana peppers and tomato.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano and basil.
  4. Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the meat/cheese mixture and stir well to combine.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, stir in the chopped lettuce.

Italian Hoagie Dip Recipe - A Turtle's Life for Me


Saturday 12th of February 2022

I'm making this for the first time tomorrow for my Super Bowl party and I'm really excited. I do have one question. How many people about does this serve? I'm trying to figure out if I need to double it. Thanks again,


Friday 31st of December 2021

This is the best dip! Thank you for sharing the recipe my whole family loves it. It’s the perfect taste for the hoagies we love here in Pittsburgh.


Saturday 31st of July 2021

We live in Hershey and this is our FAVORITE recipe to make for sharing with friends & family! Our family asks us to make it at every holiday now. lol! Heading to a tailgate today and it is coming with us! Now we need to go seek out A&M! Thank you for sharing this delish recipe!


Sunday 2nd of February 2020

My husband grew up in Palmyra and said he used to stop at A&M for a cheesesteak after every sporting event!! Can’t wait to make this today for him!


Thursday 13th of February 2020

Oh that's too funny! I hope he enjoyed the dip!