Sandwich for a Crowd Recipe
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Sandwich for a Crowd Recipe

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My husband and I live on a 21-acre horse ranch and are pleased to invite friends to enjoy it with us. When entertaining, I rely on no-fuss make-ahead entrees like this satisfying sandwich. -Helen Hougland, Spring Hill, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) unsliced Italian bread
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound thinly sliced fully cooked ham
  • 1 pound thinly sliced roast beef
  • 12 to 14 thin slices dill pickle

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 297 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 1141 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. Cut the bread in half lengthwise. Hollow out top and bottom of loaves, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use).
  2. In a large bowl, combine cheeses, onions, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce; spread over cut sides of bread. Layer with ham and roast beef on bottom and top halves; place pickles on bottom halves. Gently press halves together.
  3. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 1-1/2-in. slices. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Sandwich for a Crowd in Taste of Home June/July 1998, p33

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Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

"I've made this recipe for two different groups and was a huge hit both times. I made the sandwiches the night before, which is a great time saver, and sliced when ready to serve. We really enjoy this wonderful sandwich!"

Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"I have been making this sandwitch for years and years. I have even passed it along to family and everyone loves it. I have two children and both can be picky eaters and they both love it. Great to make ahead for late night baseball games and football games the kids have. I would recommend leaving the pickles off until ready to eat. It can make the bread a little soggy. My husband got excited when I mentioned making this tomorrow night for dinner."

Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"This sandwich is a favorite of my family, and I have been making since I came across this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine years ago. Left-overs keep very well and it actually tastes even better on day 2 and 3!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"Was looking through a cookbook and found the cutout of this. Made this - or one exactly this- for Shelby's graduation in 1998!!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"Best sandwich ever for parties."

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