In honor of August being National Sandwich Month, we’re highlighting one of the most iconic sandwiches of all time: the club.
The history of this famous sandwich is often disputed, but the most popular theory is that it was developed at the Saratoga Club House (hence the name) in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1894 by either the club’s owner or head chef. Similar to today, the sandwich originally included sliced chicken, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, on toast.
Other secondary theories are similar, with slight variations in ingredients; however each identifies a link to a specific country club as the probable influence on the recipe name. From there, it was probably picked up by other clubs and restaurants. This connection also seems likely given the widespread popularity of the club sandwich on hotel and diner menus.
Classic modern club with turkey, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, ham, and bacon, on three slices toasted Butter Bread
Today, the club sandwich has changed a bit from its original form. The chicken is often replaced by turkey, a more common deli offering. And what once was originally a simple one-layer sandwich has become tiered; made with three (or four or five) slices of bread in between the layers of meat and veggies. In fact, this is how most people identify the club sandwich today, in addition to its being cut into quarters and secured with cocktail picks.
In terms of the actual recipe, however, the basic ingredients of the club really haven’t changed much. In its simplest form, a club sandwich is really just a BLT plus turkey.
Some versions include ham in place of, or in addition to, the bacon. Some include cheese. Some add variations of other deli meats or extra ingredients. Basically any tiered sandwich with some variation of the original ingredients can be dubbed “a club.” (Note: Some sandwich purists may disagree).
So put your own spin on this iconic sandwich with these club-inspired stacked sandwich recipes:
Chipotle Chicken Clubs
These two-tiered sandwiches include a layer of chipotle chicken salad with cilantro and arugula, stacked with a layer of creamy avocado, crispy bacon, and some garlic-mayo spread. Cut into quarters and serve traditional club sandwich style for a fun lunch or snack.
Hot Italian Club Sandwich
This sandwich is a twist on the classic hot Italian sub—with layers of ham, genoa salami, capicola, pepperoni, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, olives, and other antipasto ingredients, all between three slices of Italian-seasoned, oven-toasted Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.
This towering sandwich, made with five slices of bread (a quadruple-decker?), gets its name from a famous comic book character known for his overstuffed sandwich creations. Prepare your own version using assorted slices of Martin’s bread (Potato, Butter, or 100% Whole Wheat Potato), and your favorite deli ingredients like ham, bologna, salami, turkey, American or Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayonnaise, and mustard. Side note: you may want to find a friend—or several—to share it with!
Big Tex Grilled Cheese
This monster of a sandwich could easily have given some of last week’s Indulgent Foods a run for their money! This dual-layer sandwich includes cheddar cheese, bacon, barbecue brisket, pepper jack cheese, avocado, pickled jalapeno, and a heaping helping of mac and cheese, all between three slices of garlicky toasted Martin’s Potato Bread.
California Club Sandwich
Blogger Self-Proclaimed Foodie puts a twist on your favorite club by adding west coast favorites of avocado and microgreens/sprouts to the traditional layers of turkey, bacon, tomato, cheese, and mayo. Then she uses Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread to bring it all together into one glorious masterpiece.
Triple Pork Club
This stacked sammie utilizes pork in three ways: thick-cut ham, crispy bacon, and some handmade bacon-infused mayonnaise; a great way to use up leftover meat from a roast or barbecue! The additional ingredients of sliced granny smith apples and Swiss cheese help balance out the salty and umami flavors from the meat.
Turkey Stacker Sandwich
You may recognize this sandwich from the show Friends, where it is called the “Moist Maker” due to the extra gravy-soaked bread slice in the middle. And although it uses many ingredients typical of a Thanksgiving feast, you can enjoy it any time of year; consider it the next time you have some of the dinner leftovers on hand.
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