K-Mart Sub Sandwiches

K-Mart Sub Sandwiches have the quaint charm of a 1960’s retro “grab it while you shop” submarine sandwich, perfect for noshing on the go.
K-Mart Sub Sandwiches

K-Mart Sub Sandwiches

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

K-Mart Sub Sandwiches is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Sunday Funday. Stacy has us posting our childhood favorites this week.

K-Mart Sub Sandwiches

I am a boomer child who grew up during the psychedelic and very groovy 1960’s. One  of the things the family did was go shopping on Saturdays. We’d hit discount and department stores, then grab the groceries.

Often one of our stops included K-Mart, which had a snack bar in the front of the store (in most). There, you could treat yourself to ready-wrapped sub sandwiches and ham sandwiches, bags of popcorn, and frozen Cokes. I  loved snacks, so I  liked it all.

Later, after we moved to another town, the store was a W.T. Grants that had a restaurant, and when  they went out a few years later, it was taken oven by K-Mart. They continued the restaurant and had the sandwiches in a case near the register.

Not too long ago, I was reading about the subs and reminiscing. Having most of the things I needed, I decided to make a few for the family and wrap them up for fun. They were a hit.

Funny that the wrapping does something to help moisten and help spread the flavor, And the type meats are perfect even with a little bologna in there (I used Boar’s Head). I know I will be making some of these again for when we go on a picnic. What a fun way to have an afternoon at the park!

I know you can put whatever you want in these. But if you ever had the K-Mart sub, give it a try with the ingredients called for and watch old memories come back  to you.

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K-Mart Sub Sandwiches

K-Mart Sub Sandwiches

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K-Mart Sub Sandwiches

K-Mart Sub Sandwiches

Prep Time 10 mins
Chill time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Equipment

  • plastic wrap

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Hoagie roll
  • 2 ounces cooked ham loaf
  • 1 ounce very thin bologna
  • 1/2 ounce thinly sliced Genoa salami
  • 1-1/2 slices American cheese (1 ounce total)
  • thin sliced red onion
  • thin sliced German Barrel pickles
  • thin sliced tomato
  • shredded iceberg lettuce
  • mayonnaise
  • mustard

Instructions
 

  • Cut roll like a hot dog bun (without slicing completely through).
  • Fill with sandwich ingredients.
  • Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for thirty minutes or more to chill.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword Blimpie, Dagwood, Grinder, Hero, Hoagie, K-Mart, Po'Boy, Retro, Submarine, Torpedo

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11 responses

  1. I don’t recall that our local KMart had ready made sandwiches but maybe I just wasn’t paying attention. Your subs are the perfect picnic food, Sue! My family would also go shopping on the occasional Saturday and my favorite treat was a stop at the JC Penney’s candy counter where my mom would buy a quarter pound of chocolate covered peanuts weighed out in a small paper bag. Good times!

    • I do remember those! Mom used to get things from both JC Penney and Sears Roebuck and we’d pick up her packages. We had a Famous-Barr that had a really nice candy counter too. I’m thinking the K-Mart subs at their snack bars were a company extension of the Kresge lunch counters. My memories of those are more fuzzy as they were downtown and we shopped mostly in the burbs.

    • We loved sipping tea on hot days. I seem to recall a Friday night ayce shrimp and clams dinner too which we ate once or twice.

  2. Reading through the very popular K Mart Sub-sandwich makes for a very nice read, Sue. Especially the ones wrapped in plastic – makes it look real and inviting ..

  3. I grew up when you did and totally missed out! My snobby mother would never set food inside a Kmart. I do agree that the plastic wrap is pretty magical in melding the flavors. This is a must try!

  4. I don’t recall the few K-Marts around here ever selling sandwiches. Yours looks wonderful. I’m going to try to copy them on Memorial weekend. A perfect sandwich for the day.

  5. If there is a theme of what we were treated with during the weekly shopping spree with parents then it will be some potato fritters. We waited for that eagerly.

  6. My family was military, so we shopped at the BX, PX, or Commissary. I don’t know that I’ve ever been to a KMart nor had these sandwiches. But they look perfect for a summertime picnic! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Our BX was sort of small and didn’t have that much. Commissary was huge but had very long lines, especially with retirees in a Florida winter. We’d shop off base mostly. But as a kid, no military- my dad left the Navy after the post WWII Occupation. My experience was while Bill served. Our fav base shop was the Class VI store. Haha! OMG the parties we had when we were young and immortal. 😀

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