Joe's Deli Gator Tail

Found in a sun-sentinel article from Jan 95 (found on 2-5-2020).

--Joe's Deli uses fresh-baked Italian bread, delivered daily from an Ocala bakery, for its Gator Tail sandwich. In addition to the 24-inch "tail," Joe's also sells a 12-inch Baby Gator. I used a 16-inch loaf of Cuban bread, because it most resembled the texture of Joe's soft, crusty loaves. Gator Tails are traditionally loaded with meat and cheese, popped in a hot oven for a few minutes, then dressed with lettuce, oregano, salt, pepper, oil and vinegar. Customers can opt to add sliced tomatoes and onions, but only when things are slow - which is never before a football game.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the bread lengthwise and set top half aside. Sprinkle the bottom half of bread lightly with half the oil and vinegar, then lay the meats and cheeses flat, in single layers, on the bread bottom in order listed. Place bread bottom on baking sheet, and lay top of sandwich beside it. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese starts to melt on bottom half. Remove from baking sheet and top bottom of sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes and onions, if desired. Sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper, and the remaining oil and vinegar. Place top half of bread over bottom. Slice sandwich into 4-inch pieces and serve. Or, tailgaters can wrap the entire baked sandwich in tin foil and take it to the game. Store in a dry place in the cooler on the way to the stadium. Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 695 calories, 32 grams protein, 25 grams fat, 84 grams carbohydrates, 59 milligrams cholesterol, 1,646 milligrams sodium, 32 percent calories from fat.