Thursday, January 8, 2015

Recipe of the Week: The Dagwood Sandwich

A few weeks ago, I bought this stupid small diet bread.  Okay, I take that back!  The bread is actually quite good, but the pieces are super super small (which is why it's 60 calories a slice)!!

The problem is that sliced meat and cheese would not fit on the bread!  I actually had to cut my sliced ham in 4 pieces just to get it on my sandwich.

It reminded me of the comic strip, Dagwood and guess what....apparently there is a recipe and/or style for the Dagwood sandwich (and you know me and my food history)!

The Dagwood is a tall, multi-layered sandwich containing a variety of cheese, meats and condiments.  It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is always making enormous sandwiches.  The original illustrator, Chic Young began drawing the huge sandwich in the comic strip in 1936.

Though the exact contents remain obscure, it obviously contains large quantities of cold cuts, cheese, vegetables all separated by additional slices of bread.  An olive pierced through a toothpick usually crowns the edible structure.

The Dagwood sandwich has been included in the Webster's New World Dictionary.



The Dagwood

Serves 1


2 tbsp spicy brown mustard (you could also use plain yellow or a combo of both)
5 slices whole wheat bread (or sandwich bread of your choice)
2 tbsp mayonnaise
4 slices deli ham or roast beef (or a combo of the two)
2 slices cheddar cheese
2 leaves iceberg lettuce
4 slices bologna
4 slices salami
6 dill pickle chips
3 slices tomato
4 slices deli turkey
2 slices pre-cooked bacon (optional)
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 pimento-stuffed green olives


Spread the mustard on 2 slice of bread, the dressing on the third and the mayonnaise on the final two slices.  Divide the ham or roast beef on the mustard slices and top with one slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce and bologna.  On the dressing covered slice add the salami, pickle chips and tomato.  On the last bread slices add the turkey, bacon and Swiss cheese.  

Cut the sandwich in half, and skewer an olive on top of each half with a toothpick. 

Recipe found through this cool article on Saveur
Image found on Google Images