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. Starting in 1980, the contest was opened to the public.

The St. Helen's Sunnyside Special Sandwich was the number #1 recipe chosen in 1980.

It was created by Lois Dowling, a homemaker from Tacoma, WA.

The St. Helen's Sunnyside Special Sandwich is on a English muffin half with Canadian bacon, a pineapple ring, a spoonful of orange marmalade and a stiffly beaten egg white with an egg yolk center and a sprinkling of grated cheddar cheese and baked until piping hot. The Mount St. Helen's volcano erupted in Washington state in mid-1980. Mrs Dowling, being from Washington state, named the sandwich after the volcano.

St. Helen's Sunnyside Special Sandwich - 1980 #1 winner

3 English muffins, split to make 6 pieces, lightly toasted and buttered
6 tbsp melted butter
6 slices of cooked Canadian bacon
6 pineapple rings
6 tsp orange marmalade
6 eggs, separated
6 tbsp grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 375 degrees F.
Brush butter generously on both sides of the 6 English muffin halves.
Place slices of Canadian bacon on cut side of the muffin halves.
Top with pineapple rings. Spoon marmalade into each
pineapple ring hole.
Beat egg whites until stiff; spread over top and
sides of muffin sandwiches. Set on baking sheet, open face.
Sprinkle with cheese. Make indentation in top center
of whipped egg white on each muffin half.
Slip egg yolks into each indentation.
Bake 12 to 17-minutes until lightly browned.
Serve muffins, open face, immediately.

Makes 6 open face sandwiches.

Source: Miami News newspaper, Oct 2, 1980