AoM Month of Sandwiches Day #22: The All-American Dagwood

by Brett on April 30, 2013 · 10 comments

in Cooking, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure


Welcome to Day #22 of the AoM sandwich project. Last month we asked readers for their best sandwich recommendations. Out of 483 submissions, we picked 20 to highlight here on the site each weekday during the month of April. At the end, we’ll publish all the entries into an epic man-sandwich cookbook. Enjoy.

Today’s Sandwich: The All-American Dagwood by Jayme


Today the AoM Month of Sandwiches draws to a close. But we’re definitely going out with a bang. I saved this sandwich for last because 1) its epicness was well-suited to being the last entry, 2) I’ve always wanted to try a humungous Dagwood Bumstead-style sandwich and never have, and 3) with its inclusion of Ruffles potato chips, it brings us back full circle to the sandwich that started it all.

Jayme calls this sandwich the “All-American.” I think of it as “The Dagwood,” since it’s right up that comic character’s alley. So I’ve dubbed it “The All-American Dagwood.” Let’s see what a sandwich that requires a skewer to hold together tastes like.



  • 3 slices sourdough bread
  • Deli mustard

  • Mayonnaise

  • 4 slices deli ham

  • Pepperoni (Jayme doesn’t call for pepperoni, but I used some because I didn’t have enough ham [I used 2 slices instead of 4], and I also love pepperoni and lamented its near absence from the hundreds of submissions. Where’s the love for deli pepperoni, folks?)
  • 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

  • Handful of Ruffles potato chips

Step 1: Spread Condiments on Bread


Lay out the three slices of sourdough. Smear two of them with mustard and one with mayonnaise. Jayme recommends a tablespoon of each condiment for each slice, but I just eyeballed it according to my personal taste.

Step 2: Add Ham, American Cheese, Lettuce, & Bologna to One Slice of the Mustard-Smeared Bread


Step 3: Add Salami, Dill Pickle Chips, Tomato, Turkey, Swiss Cheese, and Potato Chips to the Other Mustard-Smeared Slice

I also added my pepperoni here.

I also added my pepperoni here.

Step 4: Place Mayo-Smeared Slice of Bread on Top of the Chips (Mayo-side Down)


Step 5: Stack Both Layers on Top of Each Other & Skewer

I used two wooden skewers (standard toothpicks weren't long enough) to secure this sandwich monster and then cut off the ends with scissors. Then I added two green olives to the skewers. Ring-a-ding ding!

I used two wooden skewers (standard toothpicks weren’t long enough) to secure this sandwich monster and then cut off the ends with scissors. Then I added two green olives to the skewers. Ring-a-ding ding!

Me Eating This Giant Thing


Taster’s Notes

Overall, this sandwich was delicious. How could it not be? It’s just delicious stuff, stacked on top of delicious stuff, stacked on top of some more delicious stuff. It wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to eat, of course; it felt like holding a softball and eating a giant piece of fruit — I had to keep taking bites all around it. I probably wouldn’t make it again only because I won’t likely have all the ingredients on hand on a given day. But I did get to fulfill a dream of eating a giant sandwich like Dagwood Bumstead. Now I need to partake in another Dagwood ritual, a nap on the couch…

Well that’s it folks! Hope you enjoyed our Month of Sandwiches! Which one was your favorite? A thank you to all those who submitted a sandwich that was featured on the site — you’ll be receiving a free copy of Manvotionals. We’ll soon start working on putting all the submissions together into an giant man-sandwich cookbook. Obviously, formatting 400 recipes will take some time, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready. 


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michael S. Hilton April 30, 2013 at 8:02 pm

The few I got around to trying were all great, although my favorite was the bratwurst sandwich. Great series!

2 Kevin M April 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I have enjoyed this feature! My favorite was the grilled cheese with raspberry jam which was both something I wouldn’t have thought of and delicious.

3 JWH April 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I thought most of the sandwiches featured over the past few weeks have looked terrific! One question, though: why not use proper bakery-style bread and take things to the next level of taste and texture?

4 JeffC April 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Now that’s a grand finale finish. Just about equal portions of meat and feat.

5 Gernot_Freiherr_von_Donnerbalken May 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thanks a lot for this ultimate weapon of mass repletion.

6 Dan May 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Can’t wait for the book! The grilled cheese w/ jam was delicious! I used gruyere by accident the first time…quite nutty.

7 Alvin May 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

That last picture of the Dagwood looks like the sandwich is asking to be eaten.

Thank you for the series, it’s been very entertaining! I look forward to getting the book.

8 Jon B May 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I have not tried any of sandwiches, but the Grilled Cheese with a Twist will be my first. As others have commented, the cheese, raspberry jam, green onions, and chopped pecans is deliciousness waiting to be more appreciated.

9 Waykno May 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I love a good sandwich. However, personally, this sandwich may as well have been made two or three X as big as I don’t think I could have bitten into it with those proportions. Sure, I can take a bite out of it but not all the way through the sandwich. Hey, it’s a comic book sandwich. Same as sitting in front of the TV with a can of Spinach/can opener and doing the Popeye thing–wouldn’t be that appetizing to me. I did enjoy the article though.

10 Brad May 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

A shoestring makes any sandwich manageable, just ask Shaggy and Scooby..

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