I get excited after a turkey meal only because I can make a real club sandwich with "turkey breast" instead of turkey ham which is a mere substitute for my high standard for turkey.
I am a big "turkey club sandwich" person who insists real turkey for a real club sandwich.
But you know, it's only my obsession about turkey meat. You can use chicken breast to make a really good club sandwich too.
Club sandwich is a must to make whenever you have leftover turkey.
There are a few guess and speculation about the name of "Club" sandwich.
"The most popular theory is that the sandwich first appeared in 1894 at the famous Saratoga Club-House (an exclusive gentlemen only gambling house in upstate Saratoga Springs, New York) where the potato chips was born. Originally called Morrissey's Club House, were neither women nor locals were permitted in the gambling rooms." (Reference: whatscookingamerica.net)
It is well known that the club sandwich was a favorite of Edward VIII of United Kingdom and Wallis Simpson.
(Edward VIII is the uncle of Elizabeth II, who abdicated to marry Mrs. Simpson.
If you haven't watched "King's Speech", I highly recommend the movie.
Oh by the way, the "King" in the movie is George VI, not Edward VIII)
Anyway, I make mistake all the time when I make club sandwich, but it is a revocable mistake :)
Traditionally, turkey has to be placed at the bottom layer of club sandwich! However, I don't know why, but I always put turkey on the top layer. :(
But, if you did it, no problem, -you can simply flip it upside down.
Here goes the most scrumptious gourmet sandwich recipe I really love:
Note 1) I had to spring out to Sobey's to buy frill picks on Boxing day, to make this sandwich right.
Frill picks sound just frills, but you know, there are indispensable frills needed in life, and frill picks are one of them.
Note 2) If you really want to make traditional club sandwich, you need to use white sandwich bread.
I used whole wheat sandwich bread instead. I insist on white bread only for tea sandwiches.
12 slices sandwich bread
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 - 1/2 cup salted butter
8 romaine lettuce leaves
1-2 ripe tomatoes
8-12 slices bacon
4 slices of cheese of your choice (I used swiss cheese this time) (Optional)
3/4 - 1 lb roasted turkey
(if you have 4 large slices, it's even better)
16 frill picks
Crinkle cut french fries (optional)
Sweet pickles (optional)
How to make
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees (220 celcius) for french fries and bake it according to the direction on the bag.
2. Toast the bread in a toaster.
Cut the lettuce leaves in half crosswise.
3. Cook bacon crispy and put on a kitchen towel.
4. On a clean work surface, arrange 3 bread slices in a row.
Spread butter thinly over 1 side of each bread. Then, spread mayonnaise thinly over.
5. Place a lettuce stack on top of the first bread slice.
6. Then, top with 2 tomato slices. Top with 2 slices of bacon (You top with 1/4 of turkey slices in a traditional way)
7. Place the second bread slice. (butter+mayonnaise spread side up)
8. Place 1/4 of turkey prepared (You top with 2 bacon slices in a traditional way) and season with salt & pepper.
9. Top with a slice of cheese.
10. Top with lettuce stack before cover with the third and last bread slice, mayonnaise side-down this time :)
Wait wait. It's not quite ready yet, but almost~
11. Pin each of the sandwich's layers algether with 4 frill picks in 4 places in a diamond-like pattern, all the way to the bottom bread slice.
12. Using a serrated knife cut each sandwich, diagonally, into 4 triangular pieces.
Then, Serve with "baked" french fries and/or pickles.
I also served red cabbage casserole left over Christmas lunch.
It's very easy to make, if you have good ingredients!