Our Easy Club Sandwich is a simple sandwich recipe that is packed with turkey, ham, bacon, avocado, two types of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and more. This club sandwich is super delicious and is not only easy, but this club sandwich recipe is requested time and time again. Always a favorite, always a hit!
The club sandwich has been around since at least the end of the 19th century. During its long history, clubs, hotels, and restaurants have created their own unique versions, solidifying the club spirit behind it. Due to the nature of a club sandwich, it is recognizable anywhere but maintains a sense of identity exclusive to the place where you eat it.
What is a Club Sandwich?
Lots of people want to know what a club sandwich is. That doesn’t mean they don’t recognize one when they see it. It’s an interesting phenomenon you don’t often encounter. “You know it when you see it is” an appropriate expression when it comes to the club sandwich. However, very few people know or are able to articulate exactly what makes a club sandwich different from any other sandwich. Are there rules that every club sandwich must follow?
The short answer is, no. Not really. There’s no corporate guideline for making a club sandwich that all chapters adhere to. Each club sandwich has an identity unique to the place that serves it. However, there is a general idea of what a club sandwich is and what people have come to expect. There is usually bacon for example. The third slice of bread is a dead giveaway. Club sandwiches are most often cut into fourths and held together by a toothpick. All of these visual elements signal a club sandwich.
What (or who) Defines a Club?
There is a definition of a club sandwich that is specific and broad at the same time. According to the definition, a club contains bacon, chicken, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and includes a third slice of bread in the middle. Obviously, there is room for embellishment but it seems as long as these criteria are met you have a club. Of course, there is another definition… and another! One calls for two or three slices of bread. Many say turkey or chicken. Most use words like usually to qualify the description.
What it all comes down to is nobody can rightly say a club sandwich isn’t a club sandwich under virtually any circumstances. But of course, there is a distinction somehow. Again, you’ll know it when you see it. Mine is as classic and as true to form as you can get, while also standing out as original, which is also true of the club sandwich throughout its convoluted history.
My Easy Club Sandwiches
In my club we have ham and bacon. We also have turkey which I refer to as deli meat. Even my club can’t escape this mysterious sandwiches ambiguity. I also use provolone and American cheese. I find it surprising that none of the club sandwich definitions I read contained cheese. What a missed opportunity! I also include lettuce, tomato, avocado, and a “club sauce” that is my own (signature) blend of mustard and mayonnaise.
My club toes the line as far as presentation. You have to cut it into fourths and hold each piece together with a toothpick. I’m not a tyrant though. You can decide whether or not your toothpicks have tassels.
Become a Sandwich Artist
This recipe for easy club sandwiches is the perfect opportunity to unleash your inner sandwich artist. If you ever dreamed of working at Subway, you can start a production line on your kitchen counter and fulfill that fantasy. I know people who have earnestly expressed that desire, so if you have had similar stirrings let us know in the comments. If you are a Subway sandwich artist, share your experiences, we would love to hear about them!
The Rule of 3’s
The best way to make this sandwich is three at a time, which I think is perfect because really you should have three people minimum in any club. The reason for breaking it down this way is because it’s the best use of all the ingredients. One avocado or tomato for example, is two much for one sandwich, but not enough for two. In order to reduce waste I devised it this way. It also has the added benefit of basically using a whole bag of sliced bread so you don’t have to worry about letting it grow moldy.
By making three sandwiches simultaneously, you can create a perfect picnic lunch in one step, or if you do not plan to share, you have two additional club sandwiches ready to go for the next time you have a hankering for a double decker treat.
If you are interested in club sandwiches and their history find out more and get incites into books you can find on the topic at WhatsCookingAmerica.net. I have only touched on the topic and there are a lot of books that this website references for digging up more info on club sandwiches among others.
Ingredients Needed for Easy Club Sandwich
- White bread
- American cheese
- Provolone cheese
How to Make Easy Club Sandwiches
Step 1 – Prep
Lightly toast all pieces of bread. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and mustard until fully combined.
Step 2 – Making the Sandwiches
Spread mixture on one slice of toast, top with 2 slices of turkey, 2 slices of ham, and a slice of provolone cheese. Take another slice of toast and spread mixture on both sides of the toast. Place a piece of cheddar cheese, 4 halves of bacon, 3 slices of avocado, lettuce, and tomatoes. Top with another piece of toast.
Step 3 – Serving the Sandwich
Cut into quarters and secure with toothpicks.
Try This Easy Club Sandwich Today
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Easy Club Sandwich
- 12 pieces white bread
- 4 slices american cheese
- 4 slices provolone cheese
- 8 pieces turkey, sliced
- 8 pieces ham, sliced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 4 pieces lettuce
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 2 avocados, sliced
- 8 slices bacon, cut in half
- Lightly toast all pieces of bread.
- In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and mustard and stir until fully combined.
- Spread mixture on one slice of toast, top with 2 slices of turkey, 2 slices of ham, and a slice of provolone cheese.
- Take another piece of toast and spread mixture on both sides of the toast.
- Place it on top of the provolone cheese.
- Place a piece of cheddar cheese down, followed by 4 halves of bacon, 3 slices of avocado, a piece of lettuce, and 2 slices of tomatoes.
- Spread mixture on a slice of toast and place on top.
- Cut club sandwich into 4 pieces and hold together with a toothpick.
- Continue the same process with the 9 other slices of toast.
Here are a few pics that are the perfect size for pinning to Pinterest.