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The 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show is just around the corner and we’re getting our lunch-time inspiration from Cliff Huxtable. Cliff made the hoagie sandwich look like a delectable meal to be enjoyed in peace. As parents we’ve seen the “in peace” meal is fairly unlikely but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a sandwich that looks as good as Cliff’s did.

In one of Cliff’s first boys club-ish meetings he asks Theo:

“How are we going to eat the hoagies? You’ve got women in here… We’re going to have to use napkins.”

Check out the clip for old times sake, have some laughs and go grab a hoagie.

Today, we don’t care what you use as long as your diving into a long hoagie, and of course following it up with Cliff’s classic Orange Soda.

We went into research mode (watched a lot of clips of Cosby eating hoagies) to try to peer into those sandwiches and figure out just what was on it. Most look like your typical Italian hoagie (lettuce, tomato, mayo, vinegar oil, pepper, and loaded with meats) while others share banana peppers and more.

Make this famed Food Network Italian Hoagie Recipe:


1/2 large onion, thinly sliced

1 12 -inch loaf soft Italian bread

5 tablespoons red wine vinegar

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 pound deli-sliced provolone cheese

1/4 pound deli-sliced Genoa salami

1/4 pound deli-sliced boiled ham

1/4 pound deli-sliced mortadella

1/4 pound deli-sliced capicola

1/2 head iceberg lettuce, finely shredded

1/4 to 1/2 cup sliced pickled pepperoncini (optional)

3 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

Soak the onion slices in a large bowl of cold water, 15 minutes.


Meanwhile, split the bread lengthwise, then pull out some of the bread from the inside. Drizzle 2 tablespoons each vinegar and olive oil on the bottom half. Season with salt and pepper.

Layer the cheese and meat on the bottom half of the bread. Drain the onion and pat dry. Top the meat with the onion, lettuce, pepperoncini (if using) and tomatoes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons each vinegar and olive oil and sprinkle with the oregano. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Drizzle the cut side of the bread top with the remaining 1 tablespoon each vinegar and olive oil, then place on top of the sandwich. Cut into 4 pieces.


Cosby Photo:

Recipe and Photo:

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