Club sandwich

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Club sandwich
Alternative names Clubhouse sandwich
Type Sandwich
Place of origin United States
Main ingredients Bread, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise
Cookbook:Club sandwich  Club sandwich

A club sandwich, also called a clubhouse sandwich, is a sandwich of toasted bread, sliced poultry, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise.[1][2][3] It is often cut into quarters or halves and held together by hors d'œuvre sticks. Modern versions frequently have two layers which are separated by an additional slice of bread.

The origins of the club sandwich are unconfirmed, and the subject of some debate.[4][1] The earliest references to "club" sandwiches call it the, "Union Club sandwich," and credit its origin to the chef at the Union Club of the City of New York.[5] The original recipe included, "[t]wo toasted pieces of Graham bread, with a layer of turkey or chicken and ham between them, served warm."[6] Another theory is that the club sandwich was invented in an exclusive Saratoga Springs, New York gambling club in the late 19th century.[1][7] The sandwich is known to have appeared on U.S. restaurant menus as far back as 1899.[8] The earliest reference to the sandwich in print is from Conversations of a Chorus Girl, a 1903 book by Ray L. Cardell.[3]

Historically, club sandwiches featured slices of chicken, but with time, turkey has become increasingly common.[4][1] As with a BLT, toasted white bread is standard, along with iceberg lettuce, pork bacon, and common tomatoes. The sandwich is traditionally dressed with mayonnaise. Variations, however, on the traditional club sandwich abound. Some vary the protein, for example, a "breakfast club" that includes eggs or a "roast beef club." Others include ham (instead of, or in addition to bacon) and/or cheese slices. Vegetarian club sandwiches often include hummus, avocado, and sprouts as well as substitute the pork bacon for a vegan alternative.[9][1] Mustard and sometimes honey mustard are common condiments. Upscale variations include, for example, the salmon club,[10] and Dungeness crab melt.[4] The famed Arcardia's restaurant in New York is the home of the lobster club, a creation of chef Anne Rosenzweig.[3][4]

The sandwich is commonly served with a side portion of either coleslaw, or potato salad, and often accompanied by a pickle. The coleslaw or potato salad is often reduced to a "garnish" portion, when the primary side item is an order of French fries or potato chips.

Due to high fat and carb content from the bread, bacon and dressing, club sandwiches have sometimes been disparaged as unhealthy. In 2000, Burger King came under fire for its chicken club, which boasted 700 calories, 44 grams of fat (nine of them saturated), and 1,300 milligrams of sodium, as well as the trans fat from the fryer shortening.[11]


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  1. ^ a b c d e Breene, Sophia (March 19, 2013). "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Club Sandwich". (accessed July 23, 2014)
  2. ^ "Classic Club Sandwich Recipe : Food Network Kitchens : Recipes". Food Network. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Mariani, John (July 1995). "The club sandwich." Restaurant Hospitality. 79 (7):54
  4. ^ a b c d Fabricant, Florence, (July 11, 1994). "Building upscale sandwiches." Nation's Restaurant News. 28(27):41
  5. ^ Brown, Peter Jensen. "Poultry and Pork on Toast - the History of the "Club Sandwich"". Early Sports 'n' Pop Culture History Blog. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  6. ^ The Evening World (New York). November 18, 1889. p. 2 Retrieved 12 March 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "History of the club sandwich". Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ ""Steamer Rhode Island" dining room, menu dated October 17, 1899: "Cold Dishes ... Club Sandwich 25 ... with Bacon 40"". Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hummus Club Sandwiches". Cooking Light. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ April 22, 2014. "TODAY'S RECIPE: Salmon club sandwich". Daily Mail.:49
  11. ^ (June 2000). "CLUB FED UP." Nutrition Action Health Letter. 27 (5):16