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 Sebastian Sandwich was the number #1 recipe chosen in 1972.

It was created by Sebastian J. DiMeglio. He was, at the time, Vice President and director of hotels and restaurants, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, VA.

The Sebastian Sandwich is a mixture of sugar-cured sliced ham and cheese with curry and chopped chutney and grated cabbage. The sandwich is grilled in butter to a crusty golden brown.

The Sebastian Sandwich - 1972 #1 winner

12 slices enriched rye bread
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped chutney
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp salt
3 cups shredded (medium shred) cabbage
1 pound very thinly sliced baked ham
6 slices (1 oz each) cheddar cheese
radishes for garnish
blace olives for garnish
stuffed green olives for garnish
Lettuce cups

Butter both sides of bread, all 12 slices.
Combine mayonnaise, chutney, curry powder and salt;
fold in cabbage.
On each of 6 slices of bread, place equal amounts of
sliced ham, about 1/2 cup cabbage mixture and
1 slice of cheese. Top with remaining 6 bread slices.
Grill on both sides until golden brown.
Garnish with radish roses, ripe and stuffed green
olives in lettuce cups.

Makes 6 sandwiches.

Source: Tri City Herald newspaper, Aug 8, 1972