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Sourdough Hoagie Rolls

Sourdough Hoagie Rolls! Hoagie, hero, sub, grinder, whatever you call your sandwich, this is a great roll for building your masterpiece.

I live near Philadelphia and we call them Hoagies. But I grew up in the part of New Jersey that is closer to New York. There we called them subs. You might also know them as a grinder or a hero.

Whatever you call it, there is no doubt that the key to a great sandwich is the perfect long roll.

Much as I love a good crusty loaf of artisan bread, that’s not the best base for a great submarine sandwich. You’ve probably had it happen…you bite into one end of that crusty sandwich and all the fillings squirt out the other end.

The perfect hoagie roll should have a thin, crisp crust and a light, soft, slightly chewy crumb. By the way, if you don’t have a sourdough starter, you can make Hoagie Rolls with commercial yeast.

Scroll through the step by step photos to see how to make this recipe:

two photos showing sourdough hoagie dough after a night in the refrigerator
1. Leave the dough to ferment overnight in the refrigerator. 2. In the morning the dough should be well-aerated and ready for shaping.
three photos showing how to form gluten in hoagie rolls
1. Roll the dough to a 12″ log. 2. Fold the two ends of the log towards the center. 3. Roll the dough to a 12″ log again.
the photos showing how to cut and shape the dough for sourdough hoagie rolls
1. Cut the dough into 6 pieces. 2. Form each piece into an oval and roll the oval into a small log. 3. Roll the dough to 10″ long.
three photos showing sourdough hoagies before rising, after rising and after baking.
1. Set the rolls onto a sheet pan to rise. 2. Rise until doubled in size. 3. Bake until golden brown.

A timeline for making Sourdough Hoagie Rolls:

  • If your starter needs feeding, do that the night before or early in the morning of the day you want to make the dough.
  • Mix the dough in the afternoon. Allow it to ferment at room temperature all day and refrigerate the dough in the evening before going to bed.
  • The dough can stay in the refrigerator for 2-3 days at this point.
  • Take the dough out first thing in the morning and shape the hoagie rolls.
  • Leave them at room temperature to rise for 1 1/2- 2 hours.
  • You should have fresh rolls by lunch time.
  • If you want to bake the same day, feed the starter the night before. Make the dough early in the morning and leave it to ferment until the afternoon. Form the rolls and leave them to rise, skipping the refrigeration step. Bake the hoagie rolls in time for dinner.

I know you love a good sandwich, so I highly recommend my Sourdough White Sandwich Bread and my Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread. Sourdough Rye Bread is also the base for a great sandwich.

Since you’ve got your starter fed, peruse the entire list of My Best Sourdough Recipes. Have fun!

I know you hate to throw away that sourdough discard. Check out these recipes that use sourdough discard.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

a submarine sandwich on a fresh baked roll on a plate

Sourdough Hoagie Rolls

Yield: 6 rolls
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Rising Time: 12 hours
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 13 hours 5 minutes

Sourdough Hoagie Rolls. Hoagie, hero, sub, grinder, whatever you call your sandwich, this is a great roll for building your masterpiece.


  • 1 cup (8 oz, 224g) Active Sourdough Starter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (8 oz, 240ml) warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 oz, 355g) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 120ml) milk, scalded and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (7.5 oz, 210) unbleached bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons table salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the starter, sugar and water. Add 2 cups (10 oz, 280g) of the all purpose flour. Mix with the paddle on low speed until it forms a thick batter. Cover the bowl and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the milk, bread flour and salt and mix to combine. If using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook. With the mixer running, add the remaining 1/2 cup (2 1/2 oz, 75g) of all purpose flour. Knead the dough for 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. If mixing by hand add the flour using a wooden spoon and/or a plastic bowl scraper and knead by hand. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and shape into a smooth ball.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat the dough. Cover the bowl and set it aside at room temperature for 3 hours. Every hour or so check on the progress of the dough by folding it over itself in the bowl. This will help redistribute the yeast too. After about 3 hours the dough should be lively, elastic and airy. If the dough is still sluggish give it another hour or two at room temperature.
  4. Cover the bowl tightly, refrigerate overnight. At this point the dough can be held in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  5. In the morning, take the dough out of the refrigerator. Generously sprinkle 2 half sheet pans with corn meal.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Without kneading, form the dough into a 12" log. Fold the two ends into the middle then roll back and forth to form a 12” log again. If at any point the dough springs back too much you can give it a 10 minutes rest then continue. Cut the log into 6 equal portions.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, pat a piece of dough into a 6” oval. Tightly roll the dough from the long side to form a 6" cylinder. Pinch the seam tightly. Using flat hands roll from the center out to form a 10” long roll. Let your hands go over each side to taper the ends of the roll. Set the roll onto one of the prepared pans. Continue forming the other rolls and place 3 on each pan.
  8. Cover the pans with a damp kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume (about 2-2 1/2 hours). The rising time will vary based on the temperature of the dough and the ambient temperature. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450°F.
  9. To create steam in the oven, place a small pan onto the floor of the oven to preheat. If you have them, you can put lava rocks or whiskey rocks into the pan to preheat as well.
  10. When the rolls are ready to bake brush them lightly with water. Place the trays into the oven. Pour a 1/4 cup of warm water into the preheated pan on the floor of the oven and immediately close the oven door.
  11. Bake until the rolls are golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Turn the trays after 10 minutes to promote even browning. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

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    Tuesday 18th of May 2021

    I made these! The rose beautifully but I find that the bread is very dense inside. It's not stodgy necessarily, but it's a dry mouthful. Do you think that heating the bread gently in a microwave before using would work?


    Wednesday 19th of May 2021

    @Eileen Gray, Thanks for responding. The sourdough was very active and lively and felt really good. I did do the same day bake so maybe that’s why. I also made them a little smaller so ended up with 8 or 9 rolls. Maybe I put them too close together?

    They are delicious but so dense and not really soft at all! I found I had to bake them a bit longer than you, too. Maybe that’s why? When you have them a day or two later, do you warm them at all? All in all, delicious snd I will make them again b

    Eileen Gray

    Wednesday 19th of May 2021

    I'm not sure what happened, but they shouldn't taste dense and dry. How did your fermentation go? Was the dough nice and aerated before you shaped the rolls? Did you do the overnight rise or bake the same day?

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