Is there anything more American?

Is there anything more American?

A Dagwood sandwich from  1936 is a tall, multi-layered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments. It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches.

The Dagwood Sandwich


  • 3 slices rye sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • 2 leaves iceberg lettuce
  • 4 slices bologna
  • 4 slices salami
  • 6 dill pickle chips
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 4 slices turkey
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 pimiento stuffed green olives


  1. 1.

    Lay the three slices of bread out on a cutting board. Smear two of them with a tablespoon each of the yellow mustard. Smear the last one with mayonnaise.

  2. 2.

    Top one of the mustard smeared slices of rye bread with the ham, cheese, lettuce, and bologna.

  3. 3.

    Top the second mustard smeared slice of rye bread with the salami, pickle chips, tomato slices, turkey, Swiss cheese, and the third slice of rye bread, mayonnaise side down. Stack this unit on top of the first mustard smeared slice.

  4. 4.

    Skewer each green olive with a toothpick. Secure the sandwich with these. Slice the sandwich in half if you’d like.

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