It's not easy to improve upon an icon like the club sandwich, shown here on the right, but the secret lies in the details: seasoning each tomato slice helps their flavor really pop, and opting for an aged Gouda brings a sophisticated edge while balancing out the smoky bacon.

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2021


Credit: David Malosh

Recipe Summary

15 mins
Makes 1 Sandwich


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise over one side of each white-bread slice. Heat a skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high; add white bread, mayo-sides down, and reduce heat to medium-low.

  • Cook, undisturbed, until a crisp, golden-brown crust forms, about 2 minutes. Transfer bread to a cutting board or plate, toasted-sides down.

  • Spread a thin layer of jam over untoasted sides of 2 white-bread slices; divide half of lettuce, half of turkey, and all of cheese evenly on top. Spread a thin layer of jam over one side of each wheat-bread slice and place on top. Stack remaining turkey on wheat-bread slices.

  • Top with tomato, season with salt and pepper, then top with bacon and remaining lettuce; sandwich with remaining 2 white-bread slices, toasted-sides up. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

For a classic presentation, insert a toothpick into each quadrant, cut into quarters, and plate with potato chips and pickles.