Hog Island was located in the Delaware River southwest of Philadelphia. The land was purchased from the Lenape Indians by European settlers who used it as grazing fields for livestock. Legend has it that the place was so named because farmers allowed their hogs to roam free considering that no fences were needed on a small island.
During World War I, it was turned into a shipyard. Then, during the Great Depression, the US Army Corps of Engineers used silt dredged from shipping channels and joined Hog Island to the mainland. Today, the area is the site of Philadelphia International Airport.
From the Deli Counter, sliced:
- 1/4 lb Genoa salami
- 1/4 lb ham such as Danish
- 1/4 lb capicola
- 1/4 lb pepper ham
- 1/4 lb provolone cheese
- cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters
- 1 head of romaine lettuce, sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, or basil, or both, chopped well
- dried oregano, olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 red pepper, roasted, seeded, peeled and sliced
1/2 onion, sliced very thin
Directions for how to assemble an Italian Hoagie follow these amazingly beautiful photographs of Philadelphia I stole from the Internet ...
|The Philadelphia Skyline|
|Logan Square (originally Northwest Square), one of William Penn's five public squares|
|Somewhere In Philly|
Artist: Claes Oldenburg -Year: 1976 - Steel with stainless steel “spring,” on concrete base.
|The Kiss |
Artist: Constantin Brâncuși, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Directions for assembling the Italian Hoagie:
One of the most important things when making an Italian hoagie is to pick a good type of roll. Choose a freshly baked roll, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Do not get those hotdog type rolls that are soft and elastic. You can have the best deli meats on hand and have the freshest vegetables, but the sandwich will not be good if the roll isn't fresh and crunchy.
Slice your rolls lengthwise and sprinkle the inside with olive oil and oregano. Do not saturate, just use enough to flavour the rolls.
Arrange the cheese on the rolls, followed by the ham and Genoa salami. Then layer the vegetables, a few on each roll. Season with a little of the oil, the oregano, parsley, and black pepper. Top with the capicola and the pepper ham. How much of each to use? Just let your taste buds guide you. Slice in half or in quarters and serve. With a diet Pepsi.