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Sandwich for a Crowd Recipe

Sandwich for a Crowd Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 297 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 1141mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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[email protected] User ID: 4689920 229736
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!"

suits User ID: 6733374 225987
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."

rgriffin209 User ID: 1907566 51603
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!"

lolohiser User ID: 5362556 28532
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!!"

Omatx User ID: 7056656 49353
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"Best sandwich ever for parties."

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 82004
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!"

wkender User ID: 7257974 202713
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"I have not tried it.... I have No diary husband, what would you suggest I use instead of the Cream Cheese??"

libbaker User ID: 7105403 53269
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"This really is a good sandwich. The flavors together are very tasty."

DebKailer User ID: 6190627 49351
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"This is one of the best sandwich recipes ever! I've been making it for over 10 years and every time I've served it, people devour it. It's hard to believe that something so simple could be so tasty. I absolutely love this sandwich."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 22651
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"This sandwich has been a favorite of our family since the June-July 1998 issue of TOH came out. We have 6 children, now ages 27-15, & every one of them chose this for their birthday meal for many years in a row. This year, it was chosen for our Christmas Eve meal! The only change I make to the recipe is to use french instead of Italian bread. So very good!"

jichmaje User ID: 6974188 49349
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"I found this recipe years ago in my TOH magazine and made it for a party. It was such a hit!! I have made it for countless goodie days at work and for parties at my home. It is requested often and people always want the recipe. Sometimes I switch out one of the meats for turkey (usually the ham), but it's great just as instructed. Highly recommend."

kiddermary User ID: 1602824 53190
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"I have been making this for years,we just LOVE it, we sometimes use different meats and it still great!!! My daughter requested this for dinner tonight:)"

umyaznemo User ID: 6384207 17407
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Really yummy. And the best thing about it, apart from its taste, of course, is being able to prepare it in advance."

helenhlh57 User ID: 1987401 28727
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"Still an excellent sandwich recipe!!!"

jav0201 User ID: 4063664 28530
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"My friend made this and based on the ingredients together I would have never made but loved it! I just made it "for a crowd" and it went over very well!"

pwschlot User ID: 1254756 17406
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"Excellent for parties, picnics or tailgating"

kiddermary User ID: 1602824 81989
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"I have been making this sandwich since I first saw the recipe in TOH, we just love it, we also will just make the cream cheese mixture and eat it with crackers its just great"

MJwrabbit User ID: 2069825 23854
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"I was looking for something different in a sandwich recipe and came across this. easy to make and delicious! Great for parties. Nice to make on a hot day when you don't want to cook in the oven or on the grill."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 23494
Reviewed May. 5, 2010

"Very quick & easy to make; it has been a favorite recipe for birthdays with our six children since I first found the recipe in TOH many years ago! We've taken it on countless picnics, car trips, potlucks, & family gatherings & it has always been a hit. Our kids like it also with ranch dressing mixed with the spread."

denise berlin User ID: 1068204 28706
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

"Our family has loved this sandwich for years..for a picnic, football game or for an appetizer during a poker game."

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