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Italian Turkey Club Sandwich

Prep: 2 mins | Cook: 1 min | Total: 3 mins | Servings:6


Italian Turkey Club Sandwich
Italian Turkey Club Sandwich
Italian Turkey Club Sandwich
When I was younger, I worked in a high end deli in West Seattle. We made all manner of sandwiches, on a wide variety of breads. Hot, cold, custom style, etc. It didn't matter.

There was one sandwich concept which I LOVED, and always thought was so cool, but never really made in my real life until recently! Recently, I made a sort of Super Low Carb Focaccia. It's a big sheet of slightly spicy and herby bread, loaded with garlic and topped with salt. It's just FANTASTIC and SOOO easy to make! With this perfect homemade sheet of goodness, I was able to start making this sandwich, again!

This is where the idea becomes less a specific recipe (even though it is one) and more a general concept for a larger sandwich idea.

The idea is, take the large sheet of focaccia, and split it evenly through the center, creating thin sheets representing the top and bottom. Imagine a GIGANTIC sandwich! Once you've got the two halves, you can spread your condiments into it, layer in your fillings, put the top on and ... then CUT OUT the sandwiches, in any size and shape you'd like! Imagine you're making sandwiches for the whole family. By doing this, you can cut out a big sandwich for Papa Bear, a medium sandwich for Mama Bear, and 3 little sandwiches for the cubs. This will likely leave a small sandwich or two for a midnight snack!

At the deli, we would cut different sizes and just sell them by the pound. Oh, I loved that idea!

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 sheet (624g)  grain-free focaccia (recipe)1688.98140.4676.350.0622.82027.24
1/2 cup (193g)  Pesto alla Genovese (recipe)853.1589.8311.626.81.2606.55
1 1/2 lb (681g)  sliced turkey68113.62122.5813.620013.62
12 slices (96g)  cooked bacon526.0841.2834.56.96000.96
1 medium (91g)  tomato, sliced thin16014103
salt and pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 6 Servings):3765.21285.19g246.06g75.45g24.08g0g51.37g
Per Serving:627.5447.53g41.01g12.58g4.01g0g8.56g *


  1. This is best with a long, sharp serrated knife. Hold your knife directly in the middle of one corner of the focaccia sheet, with the knife blade parallel to the counter top. Slice in about 6 inches. Continue slicing, while slowly rotating the sheet in a circle. Be very careful not to break through the top or the bottom, as you gently saw away and rotate. The key is keeping the knife at precisely the midpoint between the top and bottom and making sure that it's ALWAYS perfectly parallel to your cutting surface. If it tilts, then it will begin to slice upwards, or downwards. Ultimately, you want two equal thicknesses to the top and bottom halves.
  2. Once both halves have been split, spread an equal amount of pesto on the inside of both the top and the bottom.
  3. On the bottom, evenly lay out the turkey, followed by the bacon and finally the tomatoes. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the tomatoes and then place the top on the whole thing, with the pesto side facing the tomatoes.
  4. Cut out sandwiches! This is designed for 6 substantial sandwiches, but a variety of numbers are possible. Cut out 48 little mini sandwiches for a party!
  5. Enjoy!

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Looks great! What kind of turkey are you using? Is 13 carbs right? Am I reading the chart wrong? :)

 Liz  6/9/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 6/9/2015
Hi Liz. Thanks! :) I don't remember what I used in the photo, but I typically go with Applegate or Boar's Head, if I can. For the nutrition, I use whatever the most generic option the USDA provides, shooting for the middle. Regarding the nutrition, yes. It's about 13 carbs, but only about 8 1/2 NET carbs (see the right column ... this has fiber and sugar alcohols removed from the total.) In the most simplistic terms, these do not impact blood sugars, so they are removed from the equation. That said, it's never quite this simple. I suggest reading a bit more about "net carbs", "fiber" and "sugar alcohols". Unless noted, I almost universally suggest people use erythritol and erythritol based sweeteners as their sweeteners. I hope this helps!

Is this in your book? 

 Bj  2/9/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 2/9/2015
It sure will be. In the "Lunch" section. Page 202, to be exact! Stay tuned! :)

Jeff, true! I still think a good sharp knife is the way to go, though ... Being very careful, of course. Thanks for the tip. I'm sure some people will try it ... with varying degrees of success.

 DJ  11/30/2014


Another method of cutting is to get a needed length of plain dental floss (unflavored) and pulling it towards you through the bread. This also works great for soft cheeses and cakes add well.

 Jeff  11/28/2014


Slather a little in there, Jaime! I think it'd be a good fit! :)

 DJ  2/22/2014


All it's missing is avocado;)

 Jaime Anderson  2/20/2014


Kim, just make sure to save me a slice! ;)

 DJ  1/9/2014


This is a great idea! I want to try using the bread and making a muffaletta. Yum!

 Kim  1/9/2014


Sandi, your sandwich ideas sound fantastic! :) Jodi ... glad to hear it! I actually think I might make these for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder!

 DJ  12/28/2013


Just made these club sandwiches. They were great! Thank so much for the foccacia recipe. Its hard to find good grsin free sugar free breads that dont taste like a close cousinof cardboard. Will def make again.

 Jodi  12/28/2013


DJ - great idea to make a big sandwich and cut it up into smaller servings for whoever! I have to make this bread, oh I wonder how it would work as a sandwich with fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, and some kind of deli meat. Maybe ham, or prosciutto? My mouth is watering. I might even be tempted to dip the bread in some olive oil and black pepper, oh boy!! ? Sandi

 Sandi DeFalco  9/2/2013