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Club Sandwich: the effortless recipe for making the classic clubhouse sandwich

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
By Cookist


6 slices
6 tbsp
4 ounces
sliced ham
4 ounces
Cheddar Cheese
2 slices
4 slices
Tomato, sliced
1/2 cup

The club sandwich, or clubhouse sandwich, is an ultra-classic three-layered American sandwich recipe that's found on restaurant, deli and country club menus all over.

While it's simple to make, it packs a lot of flavor thanks to its three layers of tasty turkey, ham, bacon, crisp, fresh lettuce and juicy tomato slices between toasted bread slices flavored with mayonnaise. Before serving, it is usually cut into quarters together with a long toothpick that holds everything together. Enjoy it with French fries, chips or dill pickles on the side.

Many restaurants will have their own version, and you can customize this delicious sandwich to suit your tastes. A homemade clubhouse sandwich is perfect for a quick yet filling lunch that will satisfy with each bite.

What is a Club Sandwich?


A club sandwich is a classic sandwich made of three layers of bread filled with turkey, ham, bacon, tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise. It's a popular menu item in restaurants, cafes, diners, and various other establishments.

Its name comes from the social club Saratoga Club House (New York) where it is thought to have first been made around 1894 by Fraser Scrutton. Usually, it's cut into quarters and served hot or warm with French fries or chips. Do not confuse it with the younger BLT sandwich, which consists of bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Club Sandwich Ingredients

The traditional club sandwich is made with simple ingredients everyone has on hand.

Bread – White bread is usually the go-to for club sandwiches, but whole wheat, sourdough, or homemade rye bread would be excellent alternatives. You can also use your favorite kind of bread, just make sure to toast it before you start building your club sandwich. It makes it so much tastier!

Meat – use crispy bacon, ham and turkey.

Cheese – this recipe calls for cheddar cheese, but you can also use another of your choice.

Tomato – use fresh, juicy tomatoes.

Lettuce – use crisp lettuce such as iceberg or romaine.

Mayonnaise – you can use the store-bought option or make it on your own.

How to make a Club Sandwich

If you want to make an easy, quick and flavorful meal, this Club Sandwich recipe is the solution you were looking for. It is very simple to prepare because each layer is matched with an ingredient. Let's see how to make it step by step.

Start by spreading mayonnaise over all the toasted bread slices. Now, layer turkey, tomato and cheese over bread. Next, add cheese, ham, bacon and lettuce. Place a bread slice and close the sandwich. Finally, cut into quarters, serve and enjoy.


What to serve with Club Sandwich

You can serve this club sandwich with French fries, chips, dills, potato salad or a light salad.

Tips for Making the Best Clubhouse Sandwich

Add a little mustard for an extra kick.

Use aioli instead of mayo for a more gourmet flavor.

For an even heartier sandwich, add a boiled egg or scrambled egg to your clubhouse.

If you're not a fan of turkey (or ham or bacon), use chicken instead.

If you're looking for a Pinoy-style clubhouse sandwich, just cook and add beaten eggs instead of cheese.

How Many Calories Are in a Club Sandwich?

A single clubhouse sandwich has about 600 calories or so. Cut back on the mayo or use light mayo, or use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon to shave off a few calories.

How to Store Club Sandwiches

To store a club sandwich, wrap it in parchment paper and place it in an airtight container or sandwich bag in the refrigerator. Enjoy it within 3 days.

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Place the bread slices on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.


Toast them in the oven at 100°C/210°F for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.


Cook the turkey in hot skillet over medium-low flame. Once cooked, place in a plate and set aside.


Cook the bacon in the same skillet until crispy.


Cook the egg in another skillet until the whites are set.


Spread mayonnaise over 2 slices of the toasted bread.


Add the lettuce.


Place the turkey.


Layer the tomato slice and cheese over the bread.


Add the egg.


Layer the bacon.


Spread mayonnaise over the next 2 pieces of toasted bread, the top the first layer and repeat.


Cut into quarters.


Serve and enjoy!

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