AoM Month of Sandwiches Day #11: The Colonel’s Favorite


Welcome to Day #11 of the AoM sandwich project. Last month we asked readers for their best sandwich recommendations. Out of 483 submissions, we picked 20 to highlight here on the site each weekday during the month of April. At the end, we’ll publish all the entries into an epic man-sandwich cookbook. Enjoy.

Today’s Sandwich: The Colonel’s Favorite by Steve Cavanaugh 

With its name, you might be thinking this sandwich will involve fried chicken. It doesn’t; the reason for the “Colonel” in the “Colonel’s Favorite” is known only to Steve. Nonetheless, it was one of the first sandwich submissions to catch my eye. First, because it was a double-decker, and second, because it looked like a variation on my all-time favorite sandwich, the Reuben. Will Steve’s double-decker twist on a classic stack up? Let’s find out.



  • 2 slices of pumpernickel bread
  • 1 slice of rye bread
  • Pastrami
  • Roasted turkey
  • Mayo
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Red cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Celery seed
  • Black pepper

Step 1: Make Coleslaw

This was the first time I’ve ever made coleslaw. Let’s see how it turns out.

Chop red cabbage into thin slices.

Use a peeler to create thin carrot slices.

Chop an onion. I could have gone thinner with all my vegetable chunks, ala classic slaw, but didn’t have the patience.

Add two dollops of mayo.

Add some celery seed and black pepper.

Mix. Yep, looks like coleslaw.

Step 3: Spread a Generous Amount of Thousand Island Dressing on a Slice of Pumpernickel

Step 4: Add Pastrami


Step 5: Add Slices of Swiss Cheese


Step 6: Add Layer of Rye Bread


Step 7: Spread Thin Amount of Mayo on Rye Bread


Step 8: Pile on the Turkey


Step 9: Pile on the Coleslaw


Step 10: Top with Slice of Pumpernickel


Finished Product


Taster’s Notes


There was a lot going on with this sandwich, but all the parts came together to create a delicious symphony in my mouth. The best way to describe the taste is as a refreshing Reuben, as the coleslaw and mayo add a tangy coolness to an otherwise  savory and salty sandwich. My first attempt at making coleslaw turned out great! Can’t wait to eat this again.

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