The club or clubhouse sandwich was first developed in America sometime in the 1890s, with various member's clubs (hence the name) laying claim to being the first creator.
What are the layers for a club sandwich?
A classic clubhouse sandwich comprises of three layers of tasted bread with cooked chicken, ham or bacon, lettuce, and tomato, bound with a simple mayonnaise. Because the sandwich has 3 layers, it's usually held together with cocktail sticks and cut into quarters in triangles.
When do you eat club sandwiches?
Ideally by a poolside in a hotel when the sun is shining and you have a parasol over you and a pina colada in one hand.
Joking aside, these club sandwiches are great to serve at an afternoon tea, or a party, buffet or take to a potluck. But be warned, they do go fast, are very popular so you'll need to make plenty!
I often make these for a late brunch, they're filling and should tide you over right through to supper time.
So let's get straight to the recipe and see how to make a classic clubhouse sandwich. Enjoy!
Ingredients you'll need
Chicken Breast, Cooked. You can also use chicken thigh meat. If you have any leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, use that instead of chicken!
Iceberg Lettuce - you can also use other lettuce leaves if you prefer. In the photos, we've used rocket leaves to add a peppery taste.
Tomatoes - Vine tomatoes are the sweetest
Salt and pepper
White Bread, toasted - You can use brown
Sandwich toothpicks - these are used to hold the sandwiches together
Potato Chips - ready salted
Butter for spreading on the bread
1. Prepare the cooked chicken by slicing into bite sized pieces.
2. Cook the bacon and pat dry from fat on some kitchen paper.
3. Prepare the tomatoes by slicing thinly.
4. Take 2 - 3 leaves of iceberg lettuce and wash if needed.
5. Toast the bread and allow to cool then spread butter on one side of each slice.
Build the sandwich
6. Starting with toast on the bottom, add the chicken, and some mayonnaise (amount to your liking), then add some lettuce. Season with salt and pepper.
go easy on the salt incase your bacon is particularly salty.
7. Add another slice of toast on top.
8. Add the bacon, some more mayonnaise and then sliced tomatoes.
9. Add the 3rd slice of toast.
10. Take a sharp knife and slice the sandwich diagonally, both sides so you end up with triangles.
11. Push a cocktail stick right through each quarter of sandwich and arrange on a serving plate. Add some potato chips to serve alongside your club sandwich.
Repeat the above for the second sandwich
You can change the layers and mix the ingredients up a bit, it doesn’t need to be in the exact order listed above. So long as you have chicken, bacon, lettuce and tomato, you’ll have a club sandwich!
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