• Yield: Makes 1 sandwich and multiplies easily

In honor of Andy Smith's discussion of the beginning of lunch in America, here is the sort of sandwich you could have put together at one of those beer bar buffets. Picnics and lunch boxes are natural homes for this one.


  • 1 large hard roll, or other chewy roll

  • Dark mustard

  • 5 to 6 thin slices salami (summer sausage, Italian, German, or Hungarian)

  • Thinly sliced mild or hot pickled peppers, drained and patted dry

  • Thinly sliced extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chow-chow pickles, or 5 slices bread-and-butter pickles, drained and patted dry

  • Mayonnaise


1. Halve the roll and slather both sides with mustard. Arrange salami on bottom half of roll, top with several slices of peppers, then overlapping slices of cheese. Top with the pickles, a light film of mayonnaise, and the other half of the roll. Press sandwich together and slice in half. Both halves could be secured with toothpicks.


Lynne Rossetto Kasper
Lynne Rossetto Kasper has won numerous awards as host of The Splendid Table, including two James Beard Foundation Awards (1998, 2008) for Best National Radio Show on Food, five Clarion Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) from Women in Communication, and a Gracie Allen Award in 2000 for Best Syndicated Talk Show.