When I go to a greasy spoon to eat I expect a few things.
- bottomless hot coffee
- iced tea so sweet I have to make a dentist appointment
- hot potato-ey steak fries, unsalted
- grilled cheese, tuna melt, and egg salad on the menu
- triple decker club sandwich
These things are essential.
Roadside diners might just be one of my favorite things ever. I love that from the outside you can never really tell just exactly what you’re getting into. I love seating myself in a worn vinyl booth. I love hurried waitresses slinging coffee all hours of the day and open kitchen windows where you can catch a glimpse of all the food laid out on a flat top grill. I love the paper tickets hanging in the window. I love the informality.
A triple decker club sandwich is like an American diner institution. Toasted white bread smeared with mayonnaise and stacked high with shaved turkey, thin slices of ham, crisp green lettuce, thick slabs of tomatoes, and bacon. Lots of crispy bacon. Four frill picks are strategically stabbed through each corner and then the three layers of sandwich are quartered and presented with a pile of french fries. It’s the greatest.
Chad and I spent a good chunk of our weekend at our local dragway ogling all things Volkswagen which led me straight to the inspiration for this great big homemade club sandwich. Since I am sure you want to know all about how Volkswagen pointed me towards turkey, ham, and bacon.
I used my no-knead whole wheat bread for these sandwiches– it was still warm when I sliced it which took a pretty great sandwich straight to amazing.
Best Ever Club Sandwich
3 slices of No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread (or your favorite bread; if you’re going authentic diner style it’s highly processed white bread you want- toasted)
thinly sliced roasted turkey breast
thinly sliced deli ham
Stack all ingredients together making the most obnoxious sandwich you can manage, using the middle slice of bread in between the turkey and ham. I add lettuce, tomato, and swiss cheese to both layers- and the bacon always resides with the turkey. **Please note that I made this humongo sandwich for Chad, who has a freakishly fast metabolism and an insatiable appetite. My sandwich was equally delicious, but normal-sized.**