Make-Ahead Dagwood Sandwiches

You’ll be the hero when you bring these stacked-high wedges to a gathering.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 12

2
loaves herb-flavored or cheese-flavored bread, such as Focaccia, ciabatta or Asiago cheese bread (1 lb each, about 1 inch thick)
1
container (6.5 oz) garlic-and-herbs spreadable cheese
1
lb thinly sliced smoked turkey
8
oz sliced provolone cheese
8
oz thinly sliced salami
1/4
cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
8
slices bacon, cooked
1
sweet onion, thinly sliced, separated into rings
3
small plum (Roma) tomatoes, sliced
4
cups lightly packed torn arugula
1/2
cup basil pesto

  • 1 With long serrated knife, cut bread in half horizontally. Spread cut side of each bread bottom with half of the spreadable cheese. Overlapping slices, arrange remaining ingredients except pesto in order listed over each bread bottom. Spread cut side of each bread top with half of the pesto, and place over arugula.
  • 2 Place each whole loaf in large food-storage plastic bag; seal and refrigerate topped with cast-iron skillet or other heavy weight up to 24 hours.
  • 3 When ready to serve, cut each loaf into 6 equal sandwiches. Secure sandwiches with toothpicks or small skewers.

Expert Tips

Tailor-make this sandwich to suit personal tastes. Replace the tomato slices with sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red pepper strips. The salami can be replaced with pepperoni.

If no heavy item is available to weigh down the loaf, wrap the sandwich very tightly in plastic wrap.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
520
(
Calories from Fat
270),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
30g
30%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
65mg
65%;
Sodium
1710mg
1710%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
23g
23%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.