Club sandwich

The club sandwich is one of the real classics, containing flavours that complement each other perfectly. It is usually made with two layers of filling between three slices of white bread (sometimes toasted), sliced diagonal to form two triangles and pinned with a cocktail stick to prevent falling apart. I make my variant with a multigrain demi-baguette to make it a bit more substantial as a diner sandwich.

Classic accompaniments for sandwiches are chips, soup, coleslaw, pasta salad, fruit yoghurt or a baked goodie like a chocolate chip cookie or a brownie. Because the sandwich alone is already quite a substantial meal I usually choose a soup, coleslaw, another vegetable salad or some fruit yoghurt to prevent the feeling of eating ‘just’ a sandwich for diner, but not upping the calories/fat/sugar content too much.

Club sandwich

1 multigrain demi-baguette
3 slices of bacon
1/2 chicken breast
pepper (optional: herbs and spices of choice)
1 slice of cheese
a few little gem leaves or other lettuce (enough to cover the baguette generously)
a few slices of tomato
2 gherkins, slices thinly (enough to just cover the baguette)
1 tbsp mayonnaise

Fry the bacon until crisp. In the remaining fat, fry the chicken until cooked. I think the flavour of the bacon fat together with some pepper is enough to season the chicken, but of course you can add all sorts of herbs and spices.
Slice the baguette in two. Divide the mayonnaise over both halves and spread it out. Then start layering the ingredients on the bottom halve. I start with the lettuce, then the tomato, then the gherkins, then the chicken, then the bacon and then the cheese. Top off with the other baguette halve. It is the tastiest when you divide the ingredients in such way over the sandwich that you have a little of everything in each mouthful, for example by slicing the chicken and cheese in longish strips.
Serve immediately or wrap tightly in cling film to eat in a few hours. The bread will get a bit soggy when you make the sandwich in advance, so if you don’t like soggy bread, choose another sandwich to make in advance.

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