Dinner on the Go! Hoagies for the boys…

Baseball season is an exciting time of year for my “boys”. School lets out, we come home, do homework, Daddy gets home from work, I finish dinner and away those boys go! I love seeing my husband and son spending time together doing something they both love. I also love spending time alone with the girls ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are two delicious sandwiches that can be made in a jiffy for those busy weekday nights…or any night! Love to you, Janelle

Crockpot Italian Sausage Hoagies
(These are also great sandwiches for company after church!)
Beef broth, water and Italian sausage. You may use any kind of Italian sausage you like. I have sweet Italian sausage picture above. You may enjoy hot, mild, sweet, etc.
Simply place Italian sausage in a large crockpot, cover with beef broth and water. Turn on high for 4-6 hours. You may add onions, red and green peppers to the crock pot during this time. I choose to saute mine-both ways work!
Here I sauted sliced onions on med-high heat in a little cooking spray until tender.
This is after 6 hours of cooking in the crock pot- these sausages are SO tender and juicy..MMmmm..
I’ll give you 2 guesses what is in dijon mayonnaise…
Mix together
Whala! This really makes the sandwich!
Place Italian sausage in a hoagie bun top with fresh swiss cheese, onions (peppers if desired) and dijon mayo. YUM!!!!

Crockpot Italian Sausage Hoagies
(makes 12- you may halve)

Italian sausage (12)
3 cups beef broth
water to cover
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 onion (peppers if desired)
cooking spray
2 cups shredded swiss cheese

Place Italian sausage, beef broth, and water in a crockpot. Cook on high for 4-6 hours. You may place onions/peppers in the crockpot all together, or you can saute them separately. Combine dijon and mayo in a small bowl. Place Italian sausage on hoagie bun top with cheese and onions/peppers and dijon mayo.

Chicken Hoagies
Start by marinating bite sized raw chicken breasts in 1 cup of italian dressing and 1 cup ranch dressing. (My friend Mary taught me this-I LOVE it)
Peppers and onions
In a large pan add chicken with a fork (you will get some marinade in the pan-this is okay). Cook on med-high heat until chicken is cooked through. Add salt and pepper.
Saute peppers and onions in cooking spray
Set aside cooked chicken.
Place hoagie buns topped with cheese under the broiler for 5 mins. (you may butter the buns if you wish)
5 mins= Enough time to play airplane, lol.
Add chicken, peppers and onions!
A winner with the boys!
Chicken Hoagies
(makes 6)
4 chicken breasts cut up raw
1 cup Italian dressing
1 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup or 6 slices swiss cheese
1 onion
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 package hoagie buns
salt and pepper if desired
Cut raw chicken into bite sized pieces and marinate in Italian/Ranch dressing for at least 2 hours. Take chicken out with fork and place onto large pan. Cook on medium-high heat until chicken is done, add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Saute onions and peppers in cooking spray. Broil hoagie buns with cheese under broiler for 5 mins. Add chicken, peppers and onions. Whala!
I hope these quick and easy hoagie recipes will come in handy for you Ladies! They are much tastier (and most likely healthier) than getting them at your local sub shop! Enjoy!ย 




  1. Yum Janelle! These kind of hoagies are super famous in Boston outside of the Sox, Bruins or Celtic games. Can't go watch 'em wihout gettin' a hoagie…LOL!!! I like the crockpot sausage one for after church, super easy and your right, much better than a sub shop I
    bet:-) Your guys are giving it the thumbs up…LOL!

  2. Ann at eightacresofeden says:

    Hoagie – that's a new term for me. I'm assuming it's a hot dog bun. They look so yummy. Here in Australia they call sausages 'snags' and typically they are cooked on the barbecue or 'barbie'. So if you ever visit me down under and someone says 'throw another snag on the barbie' you will know what to do!
    I love the idea of using the crockpot. I can buy these amazing organic lamb and rosemary sausages – I might try this method over winter!

  3. Courtney (Women Living Well) says:

    Girl – this is a home run recipe that I never make!!! Thanks for a new idea!! I LOVE it – hope the family does (fingers crossed!) I'll let you know :-)!
    By the way – I LOVED the family photos in here – the boys and the airplane – SO cute!

  4. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Suzanne…I would love to visit Boston someday! We will have to meet up for some hoagies! Ann, yes…it is a very big hot dog bun at that! Snags on the barbie sound much more fun, LOL! I know I am not the first to say I LOVE an Australian dialect/accent! Courtney..this is an easy one that I know Keith will like!! Ahh…the airplane, lol…she talked me into it ๐Ÿ™‚ We also play "Do you trust me" and she falls back..Amazing how much playing can get done in 5 mins! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love ya, Janelle

  5. Tara Cole says:

    This is really yummy looking, can't wait to try both! My hubby and I are huge fans of sandwiches around here, hoagies, paninis, and more. I'm hoping to post on my blog a chicken pesto panini sandwich we invited after trying it at a local fave eatery! I'll share it here when I do, if you like pesto, you'll love it I bet (: GREAT pics!!

  6. Ok seriously this looks great and I really appreciate you posting recipes that I feel I can actually make and won't cost me a ton of money. I'm getting hungry looking at these pictures!

  7. Jackie Koll says:

    I love these ideas for summer! So yummy. These would make great sunday evening meals too. Something simple after the big Sunday dinner.

  8. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Sure Jamie! You CAN def make these!!! Tara, I LOVE pesto! YUM! Jackie…I am so looking forward to Summer, aren't you? That way we can grill our veggies!

  9. The chicken hoagies are about the yummiest thing ever! My picky hubby LOVES them and so do I! I’m making the sausage hoagies tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing Janelle, you are seriously the sweetest food blogger on the web. I can get recipes anywhere, but I love your sweet heart shining through in all your posts.


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