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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
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, 1,141 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 297 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 1,141 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 21 g protein.

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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."

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"I have made this sandwich at least 30 times since it was published in 1998. The cream cheese layer adds so much flavor to a simple sub. Sometimes I cut it back to make a sandwich for 4, but I always used both ham and roast beef. That combo with the cream cheese layer is the best!"

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