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Course: Soups & Sandwiches
Keyword: Sandwiches, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Roast Broccoli Hero

ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 sandwiches
When I first saw the description of the roasted broccoli sub at No. 7 Sub in NYC, I thought it was crazy talk. Now I have one every time I'm in the city.
My version mixes things up a bit with bread-and-butter pickles, ricotta salata, and a can of French's Crispy Fried Onions. Sorry, but I love that stuff and it turns the crunch up to eleven.
If you want to spice things up a bit, mix a teaspoon or two of the pickle marinade into the mayo.
This recipe first appeared in EveryDayCook.
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 1 cup sliced bread and butter pickles
  • 1/2 cup pickle brine, from the bread and butter pickles
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 large head broccoli (about 1 pound), chopped into florets, stalk thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces ricotta salata, grated
  • 4 (6- to 8-inch) French bread rolls
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup fried onions
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 sandwiches


  • Heat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine the pickles, pickle brine, ginger, garlic, chili sauce, and sesame oil. Allow pickles to marinate while you deal with the broccoli.
  • Toss the broccoli with the olive oil and salt, spread into an even layer on a half-sheet pan, roast for 15 minutes. Toss and roast for another 15 minutes. When you remove the broccoli from the oven, move a rack under your broiler and heat the broiler to high.
  • Split and lightly toast the hoagie rolls under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • For each sandwich: Spread mayonnaise on one side and top with 1/4 cup of the pickle mixture, then scatter on 1/4 cup of fried onions. Put the roasted broccoli on the other side and sprinkle with 1 ounce of the cheese. Broil, open-faced, for 2 minutes. Close the sandwich and enjoy.
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