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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Theo's Submarine Sandwich Pizza

Theo's Submarine Sandwich Pizza was one of our favorite places to go where we would enjoy a quick meal out, until that day when Theo retired...



Sometimes recipe development fills a longing for the fun times already enjoyed.

Many, many years ago we used to frequent a little restaurant in Vancouver Washington called Theo's. It was small, family run, a little dark and quite charming. And you could also get a great pizza there for not a lot of bucks, so it was a favorite for many families. Especially on a Friday night after a long week, with work, after school activities and generally living life. Including ours!

After the closing, I knew I had to recreate our pizza favorite from Theo's!

Unfortunately Theo's had closed many years ago, too many for me to even remember the exact date! And we have since moved away, but this pizza, I will never forget!  On our visits to Theo's, I only enjoyed this unique pizza a few times, but it was so different and so delicious, that when they closed, I knew I needed to try making it myself. And while it is not exactly Theo's Submarine Sandwich Pizza it is not only a delicious attempt, but also fairly close to the original. And one I think your family will also enjoy!



Make pizza night fun, it's completely up to you and how you want to make it!

You will be using your favorite pizza dough, in the photos we used a herb (fresh parsley and garlic) dough, but any pizza dough works great! Homemade or purchased, the choice is yours! The whole point of this pizza is an easy dinner, and we all need more of those. And should you be worried about heating up the kitchen, this flavorful pizza takes great to being cooked outside on the grill after heating up the pizza stone. Just remember to have fun and that there are no hard and fast rules for how this pizza must be baked...

And this final thought, while I love a beautiful round pizza, alas it was not meant to be using this dough! But never fear, this pizza while it did not win any beauty contest, it definitely came in first, in the taste category!


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • pizza dough
  • pizza sauce
  • ham
  • green pepper
  • tomato
  • mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoncini peppers
  • cornmeal
You will also need the following: 
  • large cutting board
  • pizza stone or baking pan
  • pancake turner
  • measuring cups
Now we are ready to begin!



Theo's Submarine Sandwich Pizza 

(Delicious and Very Close, But Not Really) Theo's Submarine Sandwich Pizza
by the seat of my pants!
425-degree oven

1 pound of your favorite pizza crust dough

1/2 c favorite pizza sauce OR use try our favorite recipe
8-10 slices thin ham, deli-style
12-14 slices dry salami
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 large green pepper, cut into strips or diced, your choice

1 large tomato, sliced
thinly sliced Pepperoncini peppers



Prepare the peppers and the tomato and set aside. Using the cutting board, sprinkle with cornmeal, and pat the dough out to about a 12-inch pizza size. The cornmeal will help to slide the raw pizza onto the pizza stone heating up in the oven.



Cover with the pizza sauce. Leave an half inch dry rim, with no sauce. Then get ready to layer on the flavor!



Once you have the sauce spread on the crust, sprinkle with most of the cheese, layer on the ham and then the dry salami.

Add the green pepper and the rest of the cheese. Now carefully....



...and gently make sure the pizza crust has not begun to stick to the cutting board. Slide a large flat turner around the edge of the dough.



Take the cutting board to the oven, and slide the assembled pizza onto the hot stone baker. I did have to assist in the movement, but after a gentle nudge, the whole pie slides gently off the board and onto the stone.

Bake 20 minutes or until golden.



Remove from the oven, and let cool a minute (or 5 this stuff is hot!), slide back onto the cutting board. 

Add thinly sliced tomatoes and Pepperoni garnish. 

Cut and serve! Yum is all I can say. Enjoy!

Storage options for Theo's Submarine Sandwich Pizza. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. You may find a texture difference in the crust due to the moisture in the tomato slices, but reheated, it will still be delicious!




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(Delicious and Very Close, But Not Really) Theo's Submarine Sandwich Pizza
by the seat of my pants!
425-degree oven

1 pound of your favorite pizza crust dough

1/2 c favorite pizza sauce OR use try our favorite recipe
8-10 slices thin ham, deli-style
12-14 slices dry salami
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 large green pepper, cut into strips or diced, your choice

1 large tomato, sliced
thinly sliced Pepperoncini peppers

Prepare the peppers and the tomato and set aside. Using the cutting board, sprinkle with cornmeal, and pat the dough out to about a 12-inch pizza size. The cornmeal will help to slide the raw pizza onto the pizza stone heating up in the oven.

Cover with the pizza sauce. Leave an half inch dry rim, with no sauce. Then get ready to layer on the flavor!

Once you have the sauce spread on the crust, sprinkle with most of the cheese, layer on the ham and then the dry salami.

Add the green pepper and the rest of the cheese. Now carefully....and gently make sure the pizza crust has not begun to stick to the cutting board. Slide a large flat turner around the edge of the dough.

Take the cutting board to the oven, and slide the assembled pizza onto the hot stone baker. I did have to assist in the movement, but after a gentle nudge, the whole pie slides gently off the board and onto the stone.

Bake 20 minutes or until golden.

Remove from the oven, and let cool a minute (or 5 this stuff is hot!), slide back onto the cutting board. 

Add thinly sliced tomatoes and Pepperoni garnish. 

Cut and serve! Yum is all I can say. Enjoy!

Storage options for Theo's Submarine Sandwich Pizza. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. You may find a texture difference in the crust due to the moisture in the tomato slices, but reheated, it will still be delicious!

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  1. Yummy, we are definitely pizza eaters and this is a great recipe. #Alittlebitofeverything Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Antionette, thanks so much. I would have never thought of this flavor profile as a pizza, but gosh it really works! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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  2. sounds amazing- no wonder you loved it!!

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  3. Who would think to put sandwich ingredients in a pizza but it seems to work and also looks very delicious!

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    1. Hello, it was their specialty and it was quite popular. It's nice to still be able to enjoy it!

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  4. This looks and sounds like a great pizza! Well done for recreating a past favourite.

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    1. Kim, thank you! It was fun to recreate and we enjoyed it just as much!

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  5. How lovely to recreate a dish that reminds you of a place you used to love! Thanks for linking Melynda

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    1. Gail, thank your for your kind comments on this recipe, I sure appreciate it!

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  6. Melynda this recipe sounds so good! I love that you recreated the dish. Thank you for sharing at The Crazy Little Lovebirds link party #45.

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    1. Stephanie, you will enjoy it, and it is so easy to customize for your own family's likes! Thank you for hosting, I sure appreciate it.

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  7. I love subs, and I already know, this pizza is going to taste amazing. Pinned📌
    Visiting today from Crazy Little Love Birds party 45

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  8. Oh my! My husband would LOVE this!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a great weekend.

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