Family Style California Turkey Club
Looking for a fun alternative to pizza night? Try this Family Style California Turkey Club — it’s savory, with a little spice and a touch of sweetness. A fun summertime dinner for a hot summer night.
When I took my first bite of this sandwich it reminded me of when I was a little girl. For fun sometimes on Friday or Saturday night, my parents would make family style sandwiches. Their favorite was an Italian sub. (Which is still one of my top three faves.) It was so fun to help make a big, or to my young eyes – a giant sandwich! My parents would layer meat, cheese and all sorts of veggies. And even though I wasn’t typically a fan of some of the ingredients, all together in a big family sandwich, they tasted so good.
The key to understanding sandwich making is to include ingredients that don’t over power each other but complement each other. Like in this Family Style California Turkey Club, the honey mustard tames the peppery arugula, causing the arugula to not taste so strong and the honey mustard not too sweet. And of course, the bacon could not be without it’s pairs — tomato and avocado. (I was inspired by a tasty BLAT. Yum!)
When my son received his sandwich for lunch last weekend, he reminded me of my 5 year old self. He immediately turned his nose at his sandwich. He said, “yuck” to the tomatoes, and “I don’t like salad,” about the arugula. Followed by, “ewww avocado!”
But, as I mentioned before, we have a rule in our house — you must give everything a try.
So, my little 5 year old (with an unnecessary scared look in his eyes) tried his sandwich — with the smallest bite in the world! And guess what? Surprise, surprise, he didn’t like it. So, we had him try it again, because, really he didn’t give it an honest try.
And, while he again noted that he didn’t like tomatoes, arugula or avocado, he took his third bite, all on his own. To my pleasant surprise, my picky son, finished his entire sandwich! And it wasn’t a small sandwich. I was so proud of my big boy for trying new things. He concluded that he still didn’t like tomatoes, arugula or avocado by themselves, but the sandwich was pretty tasty.
Now, that’s what I call a successful meal. After all, kids can be the toughest critics. 🙂
The combination of honey mustard, roasted turkey, provolone, tomato, bacon, avocado and arugula create a delicate, savory, sweet and spicy, perfect for summertime, sandwich for the entire family to enjoy.
If you haven’t made a family style sandwich, try it next weekend. It’ll make dinner or lunchtime just a little bit more fun. I know we’ll be making another one again soon. I’m thinking hot pastrami or an Italian sub sound like two delicious options.
And when you make yours, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new ingredients. Honestly, I myself am not a fan of arugula, but it goes quite well in certain sandwiches, and this Family Style California Turkey Club, is one of them.
I hope you enjoy!
One of my other all time favorite sandwiches is a reuben – perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, but great any day too!
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