As luck would have it, today happens to be National Sandwich Day and the Presidential Election in America. Maybe it’s just me, but somehow it seems fitting that on Election Night we think sandwiches.
I know connecting sandwiches and election is a throwback to another time. Think backroom headquarters, with smoke floating in the air and men in loosened ties and rolled up sleeves trying to second guess the results, prepping statements and imagining headlines. Think typewriter keys clicking away by the fingers of ladies with big shoulder-pads and upswept hair. And along the back wall are sandwiches. Trays and trays of coldcut sandwiches on a table alongside giant pots of strong coffee. Yeah, I’m thinking Election Night before 24-hour news cycles and social media. Back in the day of print coverages. What can I say, I’m a huge fan of Black and White Movies with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell or Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
What better Sandwich is there to celebrate National Sandwich Day and embody bygone times in America than the Dagwood Sandwich? What is a Dagwood Sandwich? This tall, multi layered sandwich is a tower of cold meats, cheeses and condiments. Dagwood Bumstead, the center character in the comic strip Blondie, often consumed what can only be classified as obscenely enormous sandwiches. Dagwood began creating his huge signature sandwiches in the Blondie Comic Strip in 1936. And for the record, Dagwood often included an olive pierced by a cocktail skewer to crown his edible structure.
Dagwood Election Night Sandwich
4 tablespoons Brown Mustard
4 tablespoons Mayonnaise
8 leaves Romaine Lettuce
2 medium Tomatoes
8 Dill Pickle Planks
12 slices Whole Wheat or White Bread
16 slices Deli Ham
16 slices Roasted Turkey
16 slices Bologna
16 slices Pepperoni
8 slices American Cheese
8 slices Swiss Cheese
4 Stuffed Green Olives, optional
In small bowl, mix mustard and mayonnaise. Set aside until ready to use.
Break off 8 leaves of Romaine Lettuce. Rinse, pat dry and flatten. Trim if necessary to fit neatly on sandwiches. Set aside. Slice tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices. If desired remove some or all of the seeds, set sliced aside.
Remove pickle planks from the jar. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside until ready to use.
Place 8 bread slices on work surface, and spread top side of each piece with mustard mixture, reserving 2 tablespoon of mixture. Top all of the bread slices with 2 slices each of ham, turkey, bologna and pepperoni. Top 4 of the 8 stacks of meat with 2 slices each of American cheese and other 4 with 2 slices each of Swiss cheese. Top American cheese with pickle planks, and top Swiss cheese with tomato slices. Top pickle planks with 2 leaves of lettuce each, and top tomatoes with remaining leaves of lettuce. Spread remaining mustard mixture on 4 remaining bread slices, and place spread side down on each on top of the bread with the Swiss Cheese-Tomato layers. Carefully place each of these assembled sandwiches on top of the bread with American Cheese-pickle plank layers, forming four 2-layered sandwiches.
Insert 4 toothpicks or bamboo skewers in each sandwich. If desired, top each sandwich with a green olive before inserting skewers. Carefully cut each sandwich in half diagonally.
Serve with potato chips and enjoy.