This post first appeared on Yellow Bliss Road where I am a contributor.
When it comes to lunch, nothing beats a Club Sandwich! This classic combination of meats, cheese, & veggies piled high on bread is a sandwich lover’s dream!
Are you ready to sink your teeth into the ultimate sandwich? I can’t think of any better way to satisfying my grumbling stomach at lunchtime that a Club Sandwich. Loaded with ham, turkey, bacon, cheese, lettuce, and tomato and piled high on toasted bread, this sandwich is a classic you’ll want to make again and again! Perfect for summertime followed by some pretzel salad for dessert!
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The clubs sandwich it rumored to have originated at either the Union Club in New York, a private club, or the Sarasota Club House, a gambling joint. Also called a “clubhouse sandwich” it’s the perfect meal after a morning on the links or just because you’re a sandwich lover. The club is kind of like a super-sized BLT plus meat and cheese. Sounds awesome, right?
What does CLUB mean in a sandwich?
The acronym CLUB stands for – chicken and lettuce under bacon. So the traditional club sandwich has sliced chicken as the primary meat.
These days it usually a combination of two types of meat. You can mix and match to your heart’s content. I like ham and turkey while my husband usually gravitates toward ham and roast beef. You can vary the toppings a little too. I’ve seen a club with red onion slices on the menu, but personally, I like to add some avocado and leave off the tomato. You do you.
Club Sandwich Ingredients
- White or wheat bread
- Deli ham
- Deli turkey
- Sliced cheese
This big trick to this recipe is to make sure you’re not using really thick bread. Standard slices are best since there are three layers of bread. Trust me on this one.
How to make a Club Sandwich
- Cook bacon until crispy. Toast bread until golden.
- Spread one side of a toast slice with mayo. Top with cheese, ham, and turkey. Spread both sides of a toast slice and place on top of meat.
- Top with lettuce, tomato, and bacon. Spread last toast slice with mayo on one side and place mayo side down on the sandwich.
- Place 1 toothpick into each quarter of the sandwich to hold things together. Cut into quarters. Serve immediately.
So crazy easy, but totally something you’d happily pay $12 for at a restaurant served up with coleslaw, fries, or potato salad and a pickle spear on the side too. Are you hungry yet? Good! Because if you have 25 minutes, you can have a restaurant-worthy lunch for WAY less than going out to eat.
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- 2 strips bacon
- 3 slices bread, (white or wheat)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 slices American cheese, (or cheddar)
- 2 slices deli-style ham
- 2 slices deli-style turkey
- 1 leaf lettuce
- 1/2 tomato, sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay bacon strips on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes or until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
- When bacon is almost done baking, toast bread until golden.
- Lay one piece of bread on a plate, spread with 1/2 tablespoon mayo. Top with cheese, ham, and turkey.
- Spread one slide of another piece of toast with 1/2 tablespoon mayo and place mayo side down on the ham. Spread other side of the same toast with 1/2 tablespoon mayo.
- Top with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and avocado. Spread one side of the last piece of toast with remaining mayo and place mayo side down on the sandwich.
- Insert a frilled toothpick into each quarter of the sandwich. Use a sharp knife to cut the sandwich into equal quarters. (The toothpicks will keep things from falling apart.) Plate the sandwich quarters either standing up or on their sides. Serve immediately with fries, chips, or your favorite side.