I spent three hours Monday afternoon making the three fillings: ham salad, egg salad, and olive/cheese filling.
#1: The traditional ham salad is, of course, made out of bologna. I used my food processor to chop the bologna, and added mayo and sweet pickles.
#2: For the egg salad, I used my Mom’s homemade mayonnaise. It's a lot like the boiled bacon dressing the Pennsylvania Dutch made famous. Very sweet/tart.
#3: For the olive/cheese spread, I used the recipe from Pioneer Woman, and it was PERFECT. Here's the link to her recipe, which is excellent hot -- but also delicious as a cold spread.
For the “frosting” I put three bricks of cream cheese in my big stand mixer, and fluffed them up with some ranch dressing. It made a nice spreadable frosting.
Monday night, at about 10:00, I was ready to assemble my Sandwich Loaf. The bread was partially frozen when I cut off the crusts…and I think that helped to make the three horizontal cuts…altho it was nerve-wracking, and I was sorry I hadn’t bought an extra loaf, because if I messed it up, I had no Plan B…(and it had been heavily advertised as a menu-item.) I have since learned that it would have been much easier if I'd used an electric knife. (thanks, Nancy)...
I buttered each slice of bread (so the filling didn’t soak in and make the whole thing soggy)…and, one layer at a time, built the giant horizontal sandwich loaf tower. Mine went: Bread, olive/cheese spread, bread, ham salad, bread, egg salad, bread. Then, I frosted the whole shebang with the cream cheese frosting. It was hard to get the frosting to stick to the filling layers, so I decided to consider this my “skim coat”.
I put it in the frig to set up overnight -- and the next morning, I gave it a second finished layer of frosting and decorated it. OMG…IT WAS STUNNING. Absolutely stunning.
There’s a good chance it was the prettiest thing I have ever made. I know for sure it was the most time-consuming. AND it used up the most kitchen utensils, appliances, pans, dishes, etc. Every square inch of my previously-spotless-kitchen (Thank you, Carrie) was covered with things-that-needed-to-be-washed. AGAIN.
|Here it is. The finished sandwich loaf....it's a work of art, right?|
|Honestly -- when I sliced this thing, I was THRILLED to see the ribbons of filling inside.|
|I mean -- PERFECTION.|
|In the interest of full disclosure -- I was exhausted...and I ran out of steam and little tiny slices of things...so, there WAS a backside to my Sandwich Loaf. (undecorated!)|
I said, "huh?"
He replied, "crocodiles should have died out with dinosaurs, but nobody knows why that didn't happen."
Yep. That's right. Near as I can tell, Sandwich Loaf went extinct in the early 60's...it only lives on in the Iron Range of Minnesota. Where, Nancy assures me, it is still available as a lunch special at several restaurants. And I know for a fact that you can buy it in local grocery stores...