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Old 05-12-2014, 08:09 AM   #1
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Smile Can anyone tell me how to make a really yummy club sandwich?

Hello, I'm English and I live in Italy. I have never had a proper Club Sandwich and would love to learn to make them. Can you help me please? Many thanks

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Old 05-12-2014, 11:32 AM   #2
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There is no real trick to the club sandwich, provided you have the proper ingredients. It's much like a BLT, except with the addition of turkey. But I'm thinking it might not be easy to find some of these things in Italy.

For example, American style bacon, which is pork belly that's been cured, hickory smoked, and sliced thin. You could substitute pancetta, but it won't exactly be the same, since pancetta isn't smoked.

The bread typically used is American white bread - that squishy sort of flavorless stuff we have over here. In the case of a club sandwich, all of the flavor is on the inside of the sandwich. I would substitute something like an Italian peasant loaf, and slice it no more than a half inch thick. Truthfully, it will taste better than using the American equivalent.

Other than in Paris, I don't recall seeing mayonnaise on my travels abroad. But mayo is pretty easy to make.

Everything else (turkey, tomatoes, lettuce) should be readily available.

The link below is pretty much right on the money, as far as assembling it:
Classic Club Sandwich Recipe : Food Network Kitchen : Food Network
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:41 AM   #3
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methinks the defining "trait" of a club sandwich is three slices of bread, usually toasted, with two layers of "goodies."

secondary trait is "cut into four triangles & held together with toothpicks"

some disagreements may apply; your mayo may vary.

in Italy you may have an issue with the bread - a square or domed top soft crumb is the norm. "sturdy" breads do less well, the force needed to bit through the bread can make the goodie layers squish out.

what is in the layers varies enormously and I seriously question anything labeled "classic" or "original" because the concept is so old no one can "prove" what a club sandwich may not be.

tuna, chicken, bacon/lettuce, roast beef, ham&cheese - pretty much anything you can imagine. the "greens" and associated are often in one layer, with the "other" stuff in the second layer.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:50 AM   #4
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I agree with the anything goes approach!

To me it is sort of a BLT on steroids. The addition of turkey, chicken, lobster, avocado, etc...

Use what you have and what you like, make it your own.

Club Sandwich History - Famous Club Sandwich Ingredients - Town & Country Magazine
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:58 AM   #5
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Every club sandwich I've ever had is made with turkey, unless it specifically says otherwise on the menu, e.g. a "chicken club"
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There is no real trick to the club sandwich, provided you have the proper ingredients. It's much like a BLT, except with the addition of turkey. But I'm thinking it might not be easy to find some of these things in Italy.

For example, American style bacon, which is pork belly that's been cured, hickory smoked, and sliced thin. You could substitute pancetta, but it won't exactly be the same, since pancetta isn't smoked.

The bread typically used is American white bread - that squishy sort of flavorless stuff we have over here. In the case of a club sandwich, all of the flavor is on the inside of the sandwich. I would substitute something like an Italian peasant loaf, and slice it no more than a half inch thick. Truthfully, it will taste better than using the American equivalent.

Other than in Paris, I don't recall seeing mayonnaise on my travels abroad. But mayo is pretty easy to make.

Everything else (turkey, tomatoes, lettuce) should be readily available.

The link below is pretty much right on the money, as far as assembling it:
Classic Club Sandwich Recipe : Food Network Kitchen : Food Network
Steve is correct in answer to your specific question. Naturally, you can change it however you wish, but this is the classic sandwich.
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I agree with Steve as to what is in a club sandwich, but to me it is more classic with chicken breast than with turkey breast. And, as dcSaute pointed out, it is layered, using three slices of bread.

I always have mine on whole wheat bread.

And thank you for that link Aunt Bea.
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All the club sandwiches I've had also include some cheese: thinly sliced yellow or white cheddar is common.

I've also had them on good country white bread and sourdough.

When we were in Rome and Florence, mayo packets were available in the panini shops, so I would guess it's available in grocery stores, too. People might be surprised how many people in Europe eat American foods :-)
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I always assumed "club" referred to the basic sandwich structure with a variety of meats possible. I don't think I've ever seen 'club sandwich' on a menu without a meat mentioned as the modifier - "turkey club" or "roast beef club"
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All the club sandwiches I've had also include some cheese: thinly sliced yellow or white cheddar is common.

I've also had them on good country white bread and sourdough.

When we were in Rome and Florence, mayo packets were available in the panini shops, so I would guess it's available in grocery stores, too. People might be surprised how many people in Europe eat American foods :-)
Mayo isn't American.

I always thought it was French, but I looked it up and according to Mayonnaise - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, it was invented in Spain and popularized in France.

Europeans use a lot of mayo. They use it as a garnish and as a dip for French fries, among other things.
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