The National Sandwich Idea contest was held between 1956 and 1981. It was sponsored by the Wheat Flour Institute. Each year 20 sandwich recipes, created by Food Service professionals, were chosen as the top sandwich recipes from hundreds of entries.

The All-American Sandwich was the number #1 recipe chosen in 1959.

It was created by Laure B. Hale of Tulsa, OK. She was a cashier-checker
at the Tulsa YWCA.

The All-American Sandwich is a three-decker with egg spread, ham, cream
cheese spread and avocado spread between four slices of bread.


All-American Sandwich - 1958 #1 winner

6 hard cooked egg yolks
1 tbsp prepared yellow mustard
2 tsp dairy sour cream
16 slices enriched sandwich bread, crusts removed
8 slices baked or boiled ham
3/4 cup mashed avocado (1 medium avocado)
1 tsp French dressing
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tsp dairy sour cream
1/4 cup finely chopped chives

-Put egg yolks through a sieve. stir in mustard and sour cream.

-Spread 8 bread slices with egg spread.

-Place a slice of ham over egg spread on each of the 8 slices.

-Assemble the 8 slices into 4 sandwiches with egg spread and ham inside.
Set aside until needed.

-Mix mashed avocado, French dressing and salt.

-Spread avocado mixture on the remaining 8 slices of bread, assemble
with avocado mixture in the middle, forming 4 more sandwiches.
Set aside until needed.

-Blend cream cheese and sour cream. Stir in chives.

-Spread cheese mixture on top each of the 4 ham and egg sandwiches.

-Place an avocado sandwich on top of each of the ham and egg sandwiches
allowing the cream cheese mixture to bind them together.

-You should have 4 sandwiches with 4 slices of bread each. The
sandwich layers should look like this diagram:

BREAD
avocado mixture
BREAD
cream cheese mixture
BREAD
egg mixture
ham
ham
egg mixture
BREAD

-Cut each of the multi-layer sandwiches diagonally into halves.

-Garnish with ripe olives and sprigs of watercress.

Makes 4 three-decker sandwiches.

Source: The Day newspaper, Aug 20, 1959