The Chopped Cheese Blueprint

Understand the original recipe.

Makes 1 hoagie

Time: 25 mins

By Ethan Chlebowski

This recipe first appeared on The Mouthful, our food newsletter.

Use this base recipe to understand the classic sandwich, but then feel free to change up the toppings and/or flavor profiles as you see fit.

You'll find a few variations on this website.

Ethan Chlebowski

Ethan Chlebowski



  • Beef & cheese base

    • ground beef
      ~180 g~1/3 lb
    • salt
      a sprinkle
    • chicken bouillon powder
      a sprinkle
    • onions
      , diced
    • american cheese
      2 slices
  • Bread & toppings

    • hoagie rolls
    • mayonnaise
    • lettuce
      , thinly sliced
    • tomatoes
      , thinly sliced & salted


Step 1: Cook the beef base

Next, set a pan or griddle over medium heat and add the ground beef. Sprinkle a bit of salt on top and add a pinch of bouillon powder for extra flavor.

the beef for 1-2 minutes without chopping it up. Then, add the onions on top of the beef and start breaking everything up with a spatula.

Cook for 2 more minutes or until the onions are soft and the beef is .

Step 2: Steam the bread

While the beef is cooking, slice open hoagie roll and spread some mayo onto the interior of the bread.

Once the beef is done, add the cheese slices on top and then place the bread on top to let everything , melt, and crisp up for a minute.

Then, using a spatula to keep everything together, flip the sandwich over so that the roll is on the bottom and the meat and cheese are on top.

Step 3: Finish and serve

To finish, top the beef and cheese mixture with some shredded lettuce. Then, add a few slices of seasoned tomatoes on top.

Transfer the roll to a sheet of aluminum foil and parchment paper and wrap everything up tightly. This will a bit and transform it into a true bodega experience.

Slice open the sandwich and enjoy.



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