There are two theories on how this perennial sandwich favorite got its name. Some say it was dubbed a club sandwich because it was served in club cars of trains. Others insist it was because the double-decker was a must on country club menus.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
You Will Need
4 strips lean bacon, halved
12 slices home-style white or whole-wheat sandwich bread, toasted
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
8 lettuce leaves
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
8 ounces thinly sliced cooked turkey breast or chicken breast
8 tiny sweet pickles (optional)
8 pimiento-stuffed green olives (optional)
What to Do
1. In a 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over moderate heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels; set aside.
2. Spread 1 side of each bread slice with some of the mayonnaise. Place a lettuce leaf on the mayonnaise side of 4 bread slices. Top each with some of the sliced tomato and 2 half strips bacon. Add another slice of bread, mayonnaise side up. Top with remaining lettuce leaves. Divide turkey among sandwiches. Top with remaining bread slices, mayonnaise side down.
3. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally. Thread a pickle and an olive (if using) onto each of 8 wooden picks. Poke a pick into each sandwich half.
Per serving: Calories 400, Total Fat 13 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Protein 26 g, Carbohydrates 45 g, Fiber 2 g, Sodium 700 mg, Cholesterol 62 mg