National Hoagie Day

National Hoagie Day is observed next on Friday, May 5th, 2023 (87 days from today).

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Maybe there are many different names for it but on May 5th every year is chosen as National Hoagie Day in order to celebrate a hero of a sandwich!

National Hoagie Day on May 5 offers us a welcome alternative to the seemingly endless baskets of chips and salsa and cheap Mexican beers Americans consume to celebrate Cinco de la Cinco Mayo. Today, you can confidently say “no” to banh tet and burgers, and take your cake to your local deli for a hoagie. Because hoagie is hoagie by any other name, especially on National Hoagie Day.

History of National Hoagie Day

Philadelphia is famous for its tempting steak and cheese, but did you know the City of Brotherly Love is also famous for another favorite dish served on nice big bread: hoagie? It's the humble hoagie of new Italian immigrant heritage that has earned the title "Official Philadelphia Sandwich," not a steak and cheese side dish.

The traditional Italian hoagie is a rich sandwich of Italian cold cuts and cheeses stuffed into a long, split roll, topped with pepperoncini peppers and vegetables, topped with a bit of olive oil, vinegar, and spices. . There are no less than a dozen credible stories claiming who was responsible for inventing the first long-bread Italian bread in America. Most of the stories point to the New England states, where many Italian immigrants settled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although whose mother or father was actually responsible for assembling the car, the first hoagie in Philadelphia will always be controversial, but we know that the naming rights for the hoagie belong to the city of Philadelphia.

The most popular story about how the hoagie in Philadelphia got its name is cited by the “Philadelphia Bulletin,” Philly's daily evening newspaper published between 1847 and 1982. Its story revolves around the story in 1950s Italian lunchboxes immigrant workers at a Philadelphia shipyard known as Hog Island, a long bread roll stuffed with Italian meat and cheese. These sandwiches are often referred to as "Hog Island sandwiches." The last name is shortened to "hoggies," which, when spoken with a southern Philadelphia accent, sounds like "hoagies," and the nickname stuck.

Two other local Philadelphia publications disagree with the Bulletin's published story, both asserting that Philadelphia's hoagie origins can be traced back to 1879. According to the Philadelphia Almanac and Citizen's Manual, people street vendors called hokey pokey men sold rolls called pinafores stuffed with antipasto salad and meat to theater patrons before and after attending the duo's operetta, (soft music,) "HMS Pinafore" Famous writers-composers Gilbert and Sullivan. The groves are often called hokies, which again sounds a lot like hoagies in South Philly.

Whoever was the first to stuff all those delicious meats and cheeses into a long, split Italian roll, topped with chili peppers, little oil, and seasonings, the hoagie name sticks like the newspaper it claims. was first appeared in the city of Philadelphia. By the end of World War II, the term hoagie was fairly common on the streets of Philadelphia, and Philly's favorite sandwich appeared on restaurant menus across the city, spelled hoagie, hoggie, hoogie, and hoagy.

As hoagie's popularity has crossed city boundaries and spread to other parts of the country far from the east coast, the term hoagie has acquired new definitions. Hoagie eventually became a catchy name for any sandwich served on a long bread roll. In Philadelphia, however, hoagie remains true to its Italian roots as an Italian cheese and meatloaf topped with roasted and pickled vegetables and peppers, with oil, vinegar, and spices topping it all down.

Why we love Hoagie

  • Simply satisfied

Whether you're a hoagie snob who insists that a hoagie is just a hoagie if it's a classic long roll stuffed with Italian ham, cheese, pickled pepperoncini, olive oil, and vinaigrette seasoned with flavor blend of Italian spices, or you're a meatball and cheese hoagie lover, we all agree that hoagie makes a delicious dish and pleases any palate at any time day or night.

  • Simply mobile

Hoagies are the ultimate takeout lunch or dinner, all neatly wrapped in deli paper to keep oils, sauces, and juices from running down your chin. Just make sure you get some extra napkins as you will need them.

  • Simple and easy for anyone to do

You don't need special culinary skills or a semester of housework to become a professional Hoagie. Simple rule: buy the highest quality genuine ingredients for best results. Do not hesitate to ask a local Italian grocer to get some wonderful recommendations for choosing your cake that will be honored.

Some Essential Authentic Italian Hoagie Ingredients

  • Italian sausage

Genoa salami is perhaps the most famous imported sausage and a must-have ingredient on any authentic Italian bread, despite its unbelievably high levels of saturated fat and sodium.

  • Mortadella

The smoked beef and pork sausage loaf looks like a mosaic of chunks of fat, pepper, and pistachios, which were banned from entering the US market until 2000. If you have not owned anyone, Mortadella fat stomach, boiled ham is the best replacement for you.

  • Mozzarella, Provolone… or both?

Authentic Italian Mozzarella used to be made exclusively with water buffalo milk, while Provolone from southern Italy is favored for its chewy texture and can be light, sharp or extra sharp. Both cheeses are considered essential to the Italian hoagie.

  • Pepperoncini

Pepperoncini is a mild, pickled chili that adds a delightfully aromatic, sweet and hot flavor and takes on a colorful red or green color when you lift the top half of the long roll up to enjoy the treats.

  • Grilled red chili

Grilled red peppers aren't just a delicious flavoring especially for sandwiches that fall off the unhealthy fat charts. Red peppers are a nutrient-saver food for hoagies, with a significant amount of Vitamin C and beta-carotene.

How to celebrate National Hoagie Day

  • Dance Hoagie Poki instead of la Cucaracha

If you're feeling conflicted because today is Cinco de Mayo and the whole world seems to be eating banh tet and dancing to songs about la cucarachas, we'll order out a 6 cans of imported beer and some lemons Can go great with your favorite hoagie. Play some upbeat Italian dance tunes like "Chicken Dance" and "Tarantella Napoletana" and hoagie below. Hi strictly!

  • Order six footers

You will need to rely on a subcontractor for this job because the 6-foot hoagie is a large hoagie. Invite family, friends, neighbors or colleagues to this submarine adventure.

  • Dine by candlelight

Nothing transforms the atmosphere of a room like lighting a few candles. Candlelight is all it takes to make this National Hoagie Day dinner memorable, although a bottle of authentic Chianti wine wrapped in straw will be a highlight of the restaurant. IDEA. Hi strictly!


National Hoagie Day has been observed annually on May 5th.


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