New Jersey Sloppy Joe Sandwich

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The next state in line for our weekly state feature…New Jersey, the Garden State and the third state admitted to the union!

I bet when you hear “sloppy joe” you think of ground beef simmered in tomato sauce. But in New Jersey, a sloppy joe is an amazing double-decker sandwich made of deli meats!


As the story goes, in the 1930s, Thomas Sweeney (a local politician), stopped in to a local deli after a visit to Cuba where he frequented a bar called Sloppy Joe’s. Sweeney asked the Town Hall Deli to cater his poker games with a similar sandwich to the one he enjoyed at Sloppy Joe’s – and the rest is history!

If you want to make it a New Jersey meal, add some Campbell’s soup. Campbell’s soup, an American icon, is headquartered out of Camden, New Jersey.

Other iconic New Jersey foods include Taylor’s Ham (a processed meat roll that is fried or grilled). Made primarily of ham, it’s similar to bologna, but, according to those who have enjoyed it, nothing like bologna. You can purchase it online, but it’s pretty spendy. Tomato pie (which is really a pizza) is famously from New Jersey and you can’t go to the Jersey shore without having some salt water taffy!

Here’s How to Do it:

For each sandwich (which at our house serves two), you need three slices of rye bread. I used dark rye because it’s my husband’s favorite. If you want to be more authentic, a soft, light rye can be used.

Spread one piece of bread liberally with Russian dressing, then top that with half the coleslaw.

Swiss cheese goes on next.

Add the first layer of meat. Fold it, don’t just lay it there.

Put a second piece of bread on top. Spread it with Russian dressing and the rest of the coleslaw.

Add the rest of the Swiss cheese and the last deli meat – I used turkey, but pastrami, beef tongue and roast beef are all popular choice.

Spread the last piece of bread with lots of dressing and top it off.

Cut it in half and serve! A big juicy pickle wedge goes well on the side – or a bowl of Campbell’s Soup! 

New Jersey Sloppy Joe Sandwich

Not for the faint of heart - a fat sandwich full of meat and cheese, moistened with coleslaw and Russian dressing.

Course: sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coleslaw, deli meat, ham, new jersey, swiss cheese
Servings: 2 people
Author: HelenFern
Ingredients
  • 3 slices rye bread
  • 2/3 cup coleslaw, homemade or deli slaw
  • 4 oz. sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup Russian Dressing, homemade or bottled
  • 4 oz. deli sliced ham
  • 4 oz. second deli meat, (I used turkey breast)
Instructions
  1. For each sandwich (which at our house serves two), you need three slices of rye bread. I used dark rye because it's my husband's favorite. If you want to be more authentic, a soft, light rye can be used.

    Spread one piece of bread liberally with Russian dressing, then top that with half the coleslaw. 

  2. Swiss cheese goes on next.

  3. Add the first layer of meat. Fold it, don't just lay it there.

  4. Put a second piece of bread on top. Spread it with Russian dressing and the rest of the coleslaw.

  5. Add the rest of the Swiss cheese and the last deli meat - I used turkey, but pastrami, beef tongue and roast beef are all popular choice.

  6. Spread the last piece of bread with lots of dressing and top it off.

  7. Cut it in half and serve! A big juicy pickle wedge goes well on the side - or a bowl of Campbell's Soup!

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