Big Sandwich Recipe
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Big Sandwich Recipe

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One look at this impressive sandwich and your family and friends will know their taste buds are in for a treat. I have served it many times for casual lunches and suppers. The tall layers prompt people to ask how they're supposed to eat it. I encourage them to simply dig in and enjoy! -Margaret Yost, Tipp City, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 unsliced round loaf of bread (8 inches)
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced cooked roast beef
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced fully cooked ham or turkey
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 small tomato, thinly sliced
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 408 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1162mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein


  1. Slice bread horizontally into five equal layers. Spread bottom layer with horseradish; top with roast beef. Place the next slice bread over beef; spread with mustard and top with ham or turkey and Swiss cheese. Add the next slice of bread; spread with mayonnaise and top with tomato and bacon. Add the next slice o bread; top with American cheese and onion. Cover with remaining bread. Combine butter, sesame seeds and onion salt; brush over top and sides of loaf. Place on a baking sheet; loosely tent with heavy-duty foil. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Carefully slice into 8 wedges. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Big Sandwich in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p25

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Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"I've made this many times over the years. Can make it the day ahead, just don't bake it until you want to serve it. I love the salty sesame seed butter mixture on the crust. I usually use horsey sauce instead of straight up horseradish to give it a milder taste. Great to dip in au jus too."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"I first made this recipe in 1996 when it appeared in the magazine and my family loved it. I just made it again last week and the entire thing was gone in one evening...and there were just three of us. It's perfect for a picnic or football Sunday."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"i meant to give it 5 stars! ;) oops!"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"huge hit in my house with 3 guys! only did horseradish on half due to picky eating & both sides went over really well :)"

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