A tasty Super Bowl or Game Day recipe, Turkey Pesto Super Sub Sandwiches, with layers of turkey, cheese, pesto, red onion, and pepperoncinis.

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Here’s how I know that it’s a good Super Bowl Party … come Sunday, around 2:30, people start showing up with plates and dishes of good food! Good food, like these Turkey Pesto Super Sub Sandwiches!

Host a super bowl party

This year we’re going to our friend’s house, but whether we’re entertaining in our home, or heading out to a party, for me Super Bowl is all about the food – and most of the commercials.

I like football, but don’t love it (sorry!) but I do love soccer (the real football).

What do you serve at a Super Bowl Party?

Of course, now that most of our friends are in our fifties or so, we try to be a little more mindful of what we’re eating, a little more sensible for what will be at the spread. But for Super Bowl Sunday, you sort of splurge!

I’m sure there will be a bunch of quality ingredients piled on the table, such as healthy snacks and munchies. But what’s a Super Bowl part without a good sandwich, slider, or wing recipe?

Here are some great recipes on RE for Game Day! Of course, all charcuterie boards are a MUST, so choose which one you like best over at my charcuterie/cheese board page! My favorite this year? Probably the Tuna Melt Game Day Sliders Board or Little Smokies in a Blanket Charcuterie Board.

Turkey Pesto Super Sub Sandwiches

So today I’m sharing one I made just yesterday, Turkey Pesto Super Sub Sandwiches, that feed up to 20. It was so good—better than a slider–I seriously could have munched on these little sandwiches all day long.

Why “Super Sub?”

Here’s the process, so easy.

Turkey Pesto Super Sub Sandwiches

  1. Start with a large round loaf of soft bread. I bought this 24 oz. Country French loaf from Costco – nice and fresh!
  2. Sliced it in half, horizontally, spreading pesto on one side, mustard on the other.
  3. Next you layer roast turkey slices and your favorite kind of cheese! Of course I used Tillamook cheese. (I’m from Oregon! They’re from Oregon!) Easy-peasy!
  4. On top of that you place grilled red onions (not burnt, but definitely nice and caramelized).

I placed a few pepperoncinis on top because I love pepperoncinis on a sandwich! To me, they make a sandwich come alive!

This is the cool part. Place the top piece back on the sandwich, press down, and brush the outside with melted butter.


Wrap tightly in foil.

Press and Bake

I’ve never done this before, so I thought I was inventing something new. HA HA. You then press the large sandwich between 2 cookie sheets, placing something heavy on top, like an ovenproof heavy skillet. I used my large LeCreuset skillet on top. Perfect!

Bake for 25 minutes, and the rest is history!

Turkey Pesto Super Sub Sandwiches

Cut and serve

Read on to find out what to do next, but you can cut the sandwich (or large round) into whatever sizes you want to serve. Very cool.

Super Bowl Party Bling

I used some cute little skewers, or party “bling,” because they made the platter so pretty. By the way, a few friends asked me about these cute little “blinds” on Facebook. My friend, Jeannie, made them for me in her craft group with an old jewelry. Pretty sweet! I love them.

So what am I bringing to the Super Bowl party this year? I offered to bring a Pantry Turkey Taco Soup Recipe!

In the meantime, for this recipe, this will be a keeper for sure! Delicious!

Turkey Pesto Super Sub Sandwiches
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Turkey Pesto Super Sub Sandwiches

You can use more or less cheese or turkey, or different kinds of cheese, depending on the flavor you want. You can also use a different kind of bread. I used DeLallo’s basil pesto and Tillamook’s cheese – 2 of my favorite brands. Cut pieces big or small!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 16 -20 small sandwiches
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  • 24 oz. large round loaf of soft bread, I used Costco’s Country French Bread
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 1 lb. roasted turkey slices
  • 1 lb. sliced Colby Jack
  • 1 lb. sliced Monterey Jack
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoncinis
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Lay the bread on a cutting board and slice it in half, horizontally. Spread the pesto over one side and the mustard on the other side.
  • Layer the turkey, cheese slices (save out about 6 slices), onions, and pepperoncinis onto the bread. Place the remaining 6 cheese slices on top. Place the top piece of bread on top of the giant sandwich.
  • Push down on the bread to flatten it as much as you can. Brush with melted butter on both sides. Wrap the giant sub in several pieces of foil.
  • Press between 2 cookie sheets, placing a large ovenproof, heavy skillet on top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes. Open the foil and allow to cool for another 5 minutes before slicing into individual sandwiches.
  • Garnish with a pickle on top (optional) or skewers to keep the sandwich together. Serve!


Originally posted JAN 2015
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Don’t forget if you’re looking for an entire menu with lots of options, RecipeGirl has all the recipes you’re looking for! Here’s also a Game Day Caesar Salad Bar idea, plus a Mexican Super Bowl Party Menu.

Get more easy RE appetizer recipes, here. Or, Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups or Buffalo Chicken Chili!

Originally posted JAN 2015.