As a chef, I like to imagine that my customers are attracted to the most exotic and masterful recipes I concoct from my imagination.
The truth is, most people order the turkey club.
Every day in every restaurant, the chef and manager look at the menu mix, which is a list of all the items sold the previous day listed in order of their popularity. Depending on the restaurant, the number one item is almost always the most pedestrian dish. The fact is, most people just aren’t that adventurous.
In most of the restaurants where I worked, we served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Despite working hard to make sure we offered interesting and inventive items on the menu every day, the number one menu item invariably was either the turkey club or the cheeseburger. These are simply the restaurant facts of life.
So today, I’m going to show you step-by-step instructions on how to make restaurant quality turkey club sandwiches in your own home. Turkey clubs are basically triple decker bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich with turkey. Simple, you say? Ah, there’s always a trick!
First, toast the bread:
Second, spread mayonnaise on all three slices of bread:
Third, place lettuce leaves on two of the three slices of bread:
Then the tomato slices:
Then the turkey:
Then the bacon:
Next, stack the two slices with lettuce, tomato, bacon and turkey on top of each other and top with the third toast slice:
Here’s the trick part. Think of the sanwich as the face of a clock. Put one toopick at 12 o’clock, one at 3 o’clock, one at 6 o’clock, and one 9 o’clock, then square off the sandwich by using a knife to trim away anything hanging over the four outside sides:
Then cut the sandwich in between the toothpicks in an “X” pattern. Normally, I would use frilly toothpicks but at home I did not have any:
Invert the four peices onto a plate with outside of the bread resting on the plate and the sides pointing toward the center of the plate to form a little bowl in the center:
Fill the bowl with potato chips, French fries, cottage cheese or whatever you want. I used oven-baked garlic parmesan fries. Here’s the recipe:
Oven-Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries
2-3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into fries
2 TBS vegetable oil
1 TBS granulated garlic
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Place potato sticks in bowl and toss with vegetable oil, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. Lay out on sheet pan, leaving space between each potato stick so that they cook evenly, and bake 40 minutes.
2. Remove from oven, use a spatula to turn a little, sprinkle with parmesan and return to oven for another 10 minutes. These can be made ahead of time and held in a 200F for up to an hour. Serve with ketchup on the side.
Garnish the sandwich with a pickle spear and voila! A restaurant-style turkey club in your own home.
What kind of restaurant favorites would you like to duplicate in your home? Share your ideas in the comments section below. And thanks for looking at my blog!