A classic Club Sandwich includes toasted bread, poultry, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.
Over time, several alternatives have been developed, such as the Breakfast-Club Sandwich which contains egg or the Dungeness Club Sandwich which contains crab melt. Other examples of popular additions are sliced cheese, avocado, hummus and mustard.
Our Club Sandwich described below consists of two layers of filling separated by one slice of toast (total amount of bread slices = 3), but really old Club Sandwich recipes typically call for just one layer of filling (total amount of bread slices = 2).
- 4 rashers streaky bacon
- 3 slices white bread or Graham bread
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- A few thin slices of cooked or roasted chicken or turkey
- 1 small tomato, sliced
- Small handful shredded lettuce leaves
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Fry the bacon over high heat. Turn halfway through. Keep on frying until the bacon is crisp. Remove from the frying pan and set aside.
- Lightly toast the bread. It should still be a bit chewy in the middle. Cut off the crust.
- Spread some mayonnaise on top of one of the bread slices.
- Place half of the poultry, bacon, lettuce and tomato on the mayonnaise. In that order. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put a slice of bread on top and smear some mayonnaise on top of that slice. Add the rest of the poultry, bacon, lettuce, tomato, salt and pepper.
- Smear mayonnaise on the third slice of bread, and place it – mayonnaise down – on top of the second layer of filling.
- Cut the sandwich into two or four triangles, using a sharp knife. (A sharp knife is important because you don’t want to squeeze hard on the sandwich.)
- Use hors d’œuvre sticks to secure each triangle. Serve.
About the Club Sandwich
- The Club Sandwich is believed to have been invented by a chef working in the Union Club of New York, a private social club founded in New York City in 1836.
- The earliest known description of a Union Club Sandwich describes it as “two toasted pieces of Graham bread, with a layer of turkey or chicken and ham between them, served warm”.
- Before the 19th century was over, the Club Sandwich had spread to several restaurants in the United States.