Breakfast Buffet
May 5th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Grab your favorite meat and cheese to slap together a Dagwood-worthy sandwich - May 5 is National Hoagie Day.

How did it end up with such a strange name?  It seems there are several origin theories, but the roots are most definitely deep in Philadelphia's history.  It's even the city's official sandwich.

A meat, cheese, lettuce and Italian-style bread concoction of the early 20th century, some say that men working in Pennsylvania's Hog Island shipyard during World War I enjoyed this satisfying stacker.  Others say the name came from food vendors, nicknamed "hokey-pokey men" who sold antipasto salad, meat, cookies and eventually, giant antipasto-stuffed sandwiches.

Today is also Cinco de Mayo, so spread some guacamole on your hoagie if you're feeling festive.

Or make your favorite "secret sauce" and drizzle it on top of your nifty sandwich creation.

Overwhelmed by the endless topping possibilities? No matter how you stack it, the end result is the same: you're going to stuff it in your gullet - so get creative and pig out.

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  1. nadNdeb

    mhmmmhhhmhhh that look scrumdiddliomcious! i want one right noowwwww.!!! that hoagieee iss gorgeous ND nicelyy displayedd!!!!!! i cant wait to buy onee!:)

    May 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  2. Evil Grin

    Drat it all. Now I want one.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  3. Flippity Flappity

    That hogie looks sooo good. i know what I'm having for lunch!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:47 am |
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