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8" Round Dagwood Sandwich

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

A Dagwood sandwich is a tall, multilayered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments. It is named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches. According to Blondie scripter Dean Young, his father, Chic Young, began drawing the huge sandwiches in the comic strip in 1936.

This here sandwich may not be as tall as Dagwood's but it is 5 layered. This recipe is so fun to make. The hard part is cutting the bread into 6 layers. I only got 5 layers this time out. I ordered the bread last week to be picked up this morning. I brought the bread home hot, let it cool off and then refrigerated it overnight in a brown bag (to stay crispy) to make it easier to cut. Since I was short a layer I just doubled up on the red onions, pickles and Ham in one layer. No big deal. Tonight my son and I are celebrating Christmas so this is our dinner.

SIDE NOTE: You will most likely have cold cuts left over so you can buy a little less if you need to. My son hates tomatoes but if you like them they are great on this sandwich, sprinkled with a little Oregano and Salt & Pepper. This recipe will easily feed 4 very heavy hitters or 6 people with macaroni and potato salads as sides. You won't be sorry.


1 (8-inch) round loaf of Italian Bread 2 tsp. horseradish 1/2 lb. roast beef, thinly sliced

1/2 lb. Provolone 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 8 slices Swiss cheese, thinly sliced 2 tbsp. brown mustard

2 tbsp Honey Mustard 1/4 lb. sliced ham, thinly sliced 8 slices bacon, cooked 6 slices Vermont White Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 stick butter, softened 1 tbsp. garlic, minced

15 Dill pickle slices 1 Tbsp fresh Parsley

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Slice bread horizontally into 5 equal layers.

Spread horseradish on the bottom layerr, top with roast beef, salt & pepper and then add a little more horseradish and then add the second bread layer on top.

Spread second layer with mayonnaise, top with Swiss cheese and bacon and more mayo and then add the third bread layer.

Spread Honey Mustard on third layer and top with ham, onions and pickles and then add the fourth bread layer.

Spread mustard and add White Cheddar and a little more Provolne cheese and then put the top layer on.

Combine soft butter, parsley and minced garlic. You can microwave the butter and then add the garlic and parsley. Let cool so the butter is spreadable.

Lastly, spread garlic butter on top of the bread and all over the sides of the entire loaf.

Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Slice into wedges. Enjoy!!

Yummies!! Served warm with the cheeses all melty and the bread crispy and garlicky. The way my son and I eat it is to pick it up and take a big bite of the bottom 2 layers and then a bite out of the top 3. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

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