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The Big Sandwich Recipe
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The Big Sandwich

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"This is a great sandwich for the Fourth of July when you have a few friends over and you can watch their eyes pop out!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Slice the loaf of French bread HORIZONTALLY into 5 equal layers. Spread bottom layer with horseradish, top with roast beef. Place the next slice of bread over beef, spread with mustard and top with ham and Swiss cheese. Add next slice of bread, spread with mayonnaise and top with turkey and cheese. Add the next slice of bread, spread with more mayonnaise top with tomato and onion. Cover with top. Brush melted butter over top and sides of loaf (if desired). Place on a baking sheet, loosely tent with heavy duty foil.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is melted and sandwich is heated through. Carefully slice into 6 slices and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 06, 2010

Wow! This is one BIG sandwich. It's actually more of a hoagie or sub depending on where you're from. I have to laugh because I added some lettuce to make it "healthy" - as if it could possibly be any good for you. But, I guess you have to splurge once in a while. I made two and because there was no way we could finish these I sent the rest to work with my husband and he told me the guys renamed this "The Widow Maker".

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 16, 2006

Too much of a mouthful. This is a sandwich you need to eat with a fork and knife.

Dec 31, 2005

Delicious. Made it for hubby and myself for tonight and it was great. I played around with the ingredients a bit and it turned out great. Thanks for the post.

Oct 02, 2005

I make this all the time. Try using a big, round loaf of King's Hawaiian Bread, slicing and assembling the same way. I add some bacon to the tomato layer and omit the onion and use real cheddar instead of American. Top with sesame seeds, butter, and garlic salt.

Dec 27, 2005

What a fun and wonderful sandwich! I didn't get 5 layers either. I couldn't find a good bread knife either, part of the problem. I wanted to go to Subway and borrow theirs. I added shredded lettuce from the bag and banana pepper rings. I am going to make this again for the ballgames this weekend. Thank you.

Jan 15, 2006

Excellent! Made this for a football party, and everybody loved it. I couldn't get five layers out of it either, so I just did four, and it was delicious.

Dec 17, 2003

Fabulous!!!! Made this for dinner last night and everyone loved it including my very picky teen-aged daughter. She even requested this for her lunchbox today. Followed the recipe to the letter and only difference was I ended up with four slices instead of five. Not a big deal. I just put the last two layers together. Loved how this became more of a pressed sandwich later in the evening. Very, very good. Cannot wait to make for game nights or the Superbowl!

Jan 14, 2008

This makes a great sandwich. I used a round loaf of Italian Boule, but otherwise followed the directions exactly. It was very tasty and my picky husband raved about it. Next time I will try the French bread as we had a ton of sandwich left over (not that that's a bad thing!). Thanks for a great recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 710 kcal
  • 35%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.2 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 134 mg
  • 45%
  • Fat
  • 37 g
  • 57%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 46.8 g
  • 94%
  • Sodium
  • 1934 mg
  • 77%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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