The New York club sandwich shows up on menus across the nation. It is a dependable, reliable sandwich that is a delicious standby when you aren't sure what to order. The classic white bread, cheddar cheese, layers of ham and deli turkey and bacon slices, topped with crisp lettuce and tomato slices, create a traditional club sandwich.
The origin of the club sandwich has two possible options, depending on who you ask. Option number one claims the club sandwich originated in 1894 at the Saratoga Club House in Saratoga Springs, New York. However, it is important not to ignore option two. In 1889, the Union Club of New York City was mentioned in the New York Evening World and asked, “Have you tried a Union Club Sandwich yet?” No matter which origin story you support, we can all get behind the New York club sandwich. It is delicious!
- Bread - White Bread, Whole Wheat Bread, Gluten Free Bread
- Deli Ham - Smoked ham, sliced thin.
- Deli Turkey - Roasted deli turkey.
- Bacon - Crispy Bacon, Turkey Bacon, Cottage Bacon
- Fresh Lettuce - Iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, any crisp lettuce will work.
- Tomato - Beefsteak tomato, fresh from the garden tomatoes.
- Mayo -Hellman’s is the best and the brand we love in our house.
- Cheddar Cheese - A classic flavor and a beautiful color.
- Pepperjack Cheese - Adds a bit of spice and a creamy cheese option.
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Toast three bread slices. Spread mayo onto one side.
Tear up pieces of iceberg lettuce and wash them. Drain on a paper towel to prevent any unwanted moisture.
Wash and slice up thick slices of tomatoes.
On top of the mayo side of the bread, add a slice of cheese, next a layer of turkey, juicy tomato slices, layers of ham, and top with paperjack cheese.
Next, add another slice of bread, with mayo on both sides. Next, add lettuce stack and bacon slices. I love to use cottage bacon.
Now, the challenge of keeping the club sandwich stable. Secure the sandwich on both sides using long cocktail sticks or a long toothpick to create neat stacks. With a large kitchen knife, slice the sandwich in half. Or, if you are feeling lucky, cut the sandwich into triangular pieces using four cocktail sticks.
- Roasted Chicken Breast Fillet - Replace one of the meat options with chicken. Sliced thin and flavored with salt and pepper.
- Cold Cuts - Use any combination of roast beef, salami, leftover ham, turkey breast - whatever is your personal favorite.
- Additional Add-ons - Avocado slices or sliced boiled eggs would be delicious.
Wrap any leftover sandwich with plastic wrap as securely as you can. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I would eat leftovers as soon as you can. Do not freeze an assembled sandwich. Some components can be frozen ahead of time, like the meat, but not the fresh lettuce or tomatoes.
Serve this classic club sandwich with a side of potato salad, chicken noodle soup, or french fries. Add a side of fresh vegetables like baby carrots, snap peas, or sliced bell peppers with ranch dressing.
This triple-decker sandwich is also easily customizable. Have someone who needs gluten-free? Swap in a gluten-free bread for the white bread. For someone who doesn’t like tomatoes, omit them from the sandwich. For someone who cannot tolerate dairy, use a dairy-free cheese or leave it off.
The cousin to club sandwiches, another classic sandwich the BLT. Chewy bacon with crispy lettuce and a juicy tomato between two slices of bread. Other great options include a Monte Cristo sandwich or a corned beef sandwich, a popular St. Patrick's Day choice. Try a sloppy joe sandwich or a Cuban sandwich with ham and slow-roasted pork, both are delicious.
At one time, the club sandwich was served on graham bread. Its inventor claimed it to be a healthier bread option due to its high fiber content. These days, graham bread is no longer available. Now, a club sandwich recipe calls for white bread. Good options include Texas toast, English muffin bread, farmhouse white bread, sourdough, and even plain sandwich bread will work.
New York Club Sandwich With Ham, Turkey, and Bacon
- 1 loaf Sturdy White Bread Gluten Free If Needed
- ½ pound Deli Ham
- ½ pound Smoked Deli Turkey
- 8 Slices Fully Cooked Bacon
- 1 Head Iceberg Lettuce
- 2 Tomatoes - sliced
- 8 Slices Cheddar Cheese
- 8 Slices Pepperjack Cheese
- 1 cup Mayo
- Toast three bread slices in a toaster or under the boiler.
- Remove from the toaster and spread mayo onto one side.
- On top of the mayo side of the bread, add a slice of cheese. Next, add two slices of turkey, one tomato slice, two slices of ham, and top with a piece of paperjack cheese.
- Next, add another slice of bread, with mayo spread on both sides.
- Next, add lettuce stack and bacon slices trimmed to fit on the sandwich.
- Using two long cocktail sticks or a long toothpick, secure the sandwich on both sides to create neat stacks. With a large kitchen knife, slice the sandwich in half. If you would like, you can add four cocktail sticks to each corner and cut the sandwich into a diamond-like pattern.
- Serve the sandwich with potato chips, like kettle chips or french fries, or a deli salad, like potato salad or pasta salad.