May 5 is National Hoagie Day!
The hoagie originated in the Philadelphia area, although there is some speculation surrounding its precise origin. One popular explanation is that the Italians that were working in the “HogIsland” WWI shipyard in Philadelphia started putting meats, cheeses, and lettuce on slices of bread. At first, this concoction was called the “Hog Island Sandwich,” then was shortened to “Hoggies” and then finally, the “Hoagie.”
Hoagies are so popular because of their versatility; there’s no end to the variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments you can arrange to make any kind of hoagie you want. Celebrate National Hoagie Day by putting together the craziest hoagie you can imagine – be adventurous!