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This is the history of the Club Sandwich (and its recipe)

23 mayo, 2021

Surely many of you remember the Club Sandwich, a great three-story sandwich that is cut into quarters and presented by forming a cross or aligning the portions to show an elongated sandwich like the one in the photo. Today, we want to tell you the history of the Sandwich Club and of course give you the recipe so you can do it at home.

It is a sandwich with ham, bacon, chicken, cheese, lettuce and other ingredients that became a classic of the best coffee shops, being usually served with french fries.

The history of the Sandwich Club

Leaving behind the subject of the invention of the Sandwich, which is attributed to the servants of John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich, an English aristocrat of the 18th century, who he liked to eat this way because that way he could play cards while eating, without getting his fingers dirty, I will try to tell you how this recipe was created and how it came to our country.

It seems that the Sandwich Club, also known as sandwich club in its name in English, it arose in the early twentieth century in the United States. The most widespread theory is that this sandwich was first prepared in 1894 in the famous Saratoga Club-House, from where the denomination of Clubhouse Sandwich, and it was in the town of Saratoga Springs, in the state of New York.

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The first recipe written in which it was called Club Sandwich is in the book Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, written by Isabel Gordon Curtis in 1903, which included instead of mayonnaise a secret sauce that each cook made to give it that special touch. That sauce, in addition to mayonnaise, could have elements in common with Caesar sauce or incorporate curry powder, mustard or other ingredients.

The Club sandwich arrived in our country from the hand of some travelers who tried it in other countries but its consumption did not become widespread until the appearance of the first coffee shop chains that offered it as an attractive novelty in the 70s and 80s. Establishments such as the VIPS chain, Nebraska coffee shops or California coffee shops It was sold as an alternative to a bikini or mixed sandwich with great success.

Our Club Sandwich or Clubhouse Sandwich recipe


We started preparing a mixed sandwich or bikini for which we will put the slices of York ham between the two varieties of cheese and these between two slices of bread slightly buttered. We will do it over a very low heat in a pan so that it browns and the cheeses melt.

While, we toast the bacon and cook the chicken breast pieces on the grill. With these two ingredients, we make a second sandwich that we also brown on the griddle, lightly buttering the slices of bread.

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As a connecting element between the two sandwiches that we have prepared, spread the top of one of them with mayonnaise, cover it with pieces of lettuce and tomato slices and cover it with the other sandwich. With the help of some skewers so that it does not fall apart, we cut the sandwich into 4 portions.

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With what to accompany the Club Sandwich

The Sandwich Club is a recipe that will fill with nostalgia and memories to those who knew the appearance of the first coffee shops that served this fast food recipe as the great novelty, back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. For the presentation, we can skewer all the portions with a skewer and accompany it with a generous portion of French fries, being enough for two people if it is eaten as a snack or dinner. It can also be served in individual portions as an aperitif, being enough with a sandwich for 4 people.

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