An Italian BMT sandwich is an iconic, traditional flavor combination you’re going to love. Made famous by the Subway version, you can now make it in your own kitchen!

This sandwich is full of zesty, vibrant ingredients, but it’s so simple to make. It’s the perfect combination of Italian deli meats, and it’s so easy to customize and make your own.

Make it for lunch, or even for an easy family-friendly dinner. It’s so simple, and such a classic!

An Italian BMT sandwich with deli meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.
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We’ve been on a big sandwich kick around here this fall. They are just so easy, and with so many great combinations of flavors, it’s easy to customize to the needs of each person in our family.

After we made the viral grinder sandwich and grinder salad recently, we decided to try to emulate a few restaurant favorites. This Italian BMT was one of my favorites from Subway when I was a kid, and that still holds true today!

Wondering what BMT actually means? Biggest, meatiest, tastiest is the most common suggestion and seems to be the general consensus. Brooklyn Manhattan Transit might have been the original acronym, though, which makes sense as it perhaps started in NYC.

However you want to look at it, this sammie is delicious and I hope you’ll give it a try!

An Italian BMT sandwich with deli meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

Italian BMT

It’s the perfect blend of Italian meats, and when you pair these flavor with fresh bread, it’s a match made in heaven!

Why You’ll Love It

  • So Easy – Sandwiches are great for quick meals on the go, and when you’re a busy family, you know how important that is!
  • Family Friendly – We love meals like this because everyone can choose their own toppings.
  • Easy Upgrades – There’s nothing wrong with a classic grilled ham and cheese sandwich, but this sandwich features a few upgraded ingredients that really take it to a whole new level!

Like our family favorite picnic sandwiches, these make a great boat snack, too!

An Italian BMT sandwich with deli meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

Ingredients and Substitutions

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  • Bread – One loaf of Italian or French bread.
  • Genoa Salami – Genoa salami is made with pork. It’s fermented and generally imported from Italy.
  • Pepperoni – For a little touch of spice. You can also use spicy salami instead!
  • Ham – Choose your favorite! Mortadella is also great here, or prosciutto.
  • Lettuce – Shredded iceberg works well, but you can use any type of lettuce.
  • Red Onion – Sliced thin, for a great bite of flavor.
  • Tomato – Sliced.
  • Optional – White American or Provolone cheese, more vegetables, condiments.
A plate of meat, bread and vegetables on a marble table.

Variations

Just like at a sandwich shop, you can add your own condiments and toppings!

How to Make

  1. Step 1 – Slices loaf of bread in half lengthwise.
  2. Step 2 – If you’re adding mayo, add that to each side of bread. Add cheese slices.
  3. Step 3 – Next, layer your meats.
  4. Step 4 – Add veggies. If you’d like, drizzle olive oil and vinegar over the top, and a few cracks of salt and pepper. 
  5. Step 5 – Place the other half of your bread on top. Slice, serve and enjoy.
An Italian BMT sandwich with deli meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

Tips

  • Fresh is Best – Especially when each ingredient will shine in sandwiches like this one. High quality deli meats will make a huge difference here, for the best results.
  • Make Ahead – Pack this sandwich to eat later, but don’t dress with mayo, oil and vinegar until just before serving.
  • Toast It – This sandwich is delicious with toasted bread, too. To toast, slice the bread as directed and add the cheese. Toast in 350 F oven for 4-5 minutes before adding meats and toppings.
A sandwich with ham, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

Serving Suggestions

Check out our recipe collection, What to Serve with Wraps, for more inspiration!

An Italian BMT sandwich with deli meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Keep ingredients at room temperature while serving, and transfer to the refrigerator after two hours for safety.
  • Refrigerate – Store all sandwich ingredients in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to three days. While prepared sandwiches can be stored in the fridge safely, they will become soggy over the storage time. Add condiments just before serving to prevent that!
  • Freeze – This sandwich isn’t freezer friendly.
An Italian BMT sandwich with deli meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

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An Italian BMT sandwich with deli meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.
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Italian BMT Sandwich

An Italian BMT sandwich is an iconic flavor combo you're going to love. Made famous by the Subway version, you can now make it at home!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients  

  • 16 ounces One loaf French bread Or Italian bread
  • ¼ pound Genoa Salami
  • ¼ pound Pepperoni
  • ¼ pound Ham Can sub with prosciutto or mortadella
  • 1 cup Lettuce shredded
  • 1 cup Red Onion sliced
  • 1 cup Tomato sliced
  • ¼ pound White American Cheese or Provolone

Optional

  • ¼ cup Mayo to preference
  • cup olive oil
  • cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Prep ingredients. Slice loaf of bread in half lengthwise. If you'd like, you can scoop out a little piece of the center of the bread to help create a boat for toppings.
  • If you’re adding mayo, add that to each side of bread. Add cheese slices.
  • Next, layer your meats.
  • Add tomato slices, lettuce and onion. If you'd like, drizzle olive oil and vinegar over the top, and then add a few cracks of salt and pepper.
  • Place the other half of your bread on top, gently pressing to seal. Slice and serve.

Julie’s Tips

  • Fresh is Best – Especially when each ingredient will shine in sandwiches like this one. High quality deli meats will make a huge difference here, for the best results. 
  • Make Ahead – Pack this sandwich to eat later, but don’t dress with mayo, oil and vinegar until just before serving. 
  • Toast It – This sandwich is delicious with toasted bread, too. To toast, slice the bread as directed and add the cheese. Toast in 350 F oven for 4-5 minutes before adding meats and toppings. 
Calories: 922kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 2684mg | Potassium: 614mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 678IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 384mg | Iron: 6mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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