This delectable easy Po Boy Sandwich also know as a Poor Boy sandwich combines ham, Swiss, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and pickles all on soft french bread spread with an easy three ingredient mayo.
This recipe is pretty close to the original poor boy. I made just a couple of small but delicious modifications. The addition of peperoncinis was a must as all sandwiches taste better with them on it.
The Poor Boy Sandwich originated in the French Market in 1922 during a streetcar strike. The Martin Bros came up with a 40 inch long sandwich on a French Roll. The coffee stand was packed with locals buying the sandwich. Whenever one of the striking street car workers came up to the stand Benny Martin would say “Here comes another poor boy” and he would give them a sandwich for free. Hence the name Po Boy Sandwich. This sandwich is quick to fix and absolutely delicious.
How do you make the original Po Boy Sandwich?
First in a small bowl mix the mayo, mustard and sriracha and set aside. Then slice a short loaf of soft French bread lengthwise. Place on a baking sheet cut side up. Layer thin ham slices on the bottom side and top with cheese slices. Add more cheese slices to the top and bake for several minutes until the cheese is melted and the ham is warm. Turn the broiler on the last minute of baking just to brown the cheese a bit.
Remove from oven and top with shredded lettuce, tomato slices, pickles, red onion, peperoncinis and the mayo sauce. Place both sides of the sandwich together and cut into desired lengths. Serve promptly while the sandwich is warm and gooey.
Helpful tips on making the original Po Boy
- Use good quality soft French bread. It really does make a difference so pay a visit to a local bakery.
- Sriracha can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store. It adds a touch of heat so if you are sensitive omit it and add 1/2 teaspoon of honey and go the sweet route.
- Peperoncinis are very mild peppers that can be found in the pickle section of your local grocery store. They are jarred and available pre-sliced or whole.
- Although it was not on the original po boy feel free to add other goodies like sliced black olives, jalapenos or banana peppers.
Now sometimes it is referred to as a grinder, a bomber or a sub! Call it what you will but it all started with the Po-Boy and boy is it delicious! Put the ingredients on your shopping list today and make your family an outstanding sandwich!
This post was originally published July 11, 2015 and was republished September 9, 2019 with new content.Print
The Poor Boy Sandwich
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 7
- Total Time: 12 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: sandwich
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: southern
- 3 tablespoons mayo
- 1 1/2 tablespoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- 1/2 lb good quality deli ham
- 4–6 slices baby swiss
- 2–3 cups shredded lettuce
- 1 large tomato sliced
- Dill pickle slices
- Red onion very thinly sliced
- 1 short loaf french bread
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small bowl mix mayo, mustard and sriracha and set aside.
- Slice French bread lengthwise. Place on a baking sheet cut side up. Layer ham slices on the bottom side and top with Swiss. Add more Swiss to the top and bake for several minutes until the cheese is melted and ham is warm. Turn the broiler on the last minute of baking just to brown the cheese a little bit.
- Remove from oven and top with shredded lettuce, tomato slices, pickles, red onion, peperoncinis and the mayo sauce. Place both sides of the sandwich together and cut into desired lengths. Serve promptly while the sandwich is warm and gooey.
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