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'Wich of the Week: Ham and Swiss on Dutch Crunch

'Wich of the Week: Ham and Swiss on Dutch Crunch

San Francisco's Roxie Food Center is an unassuming corner store, located on an unlikely residential block, that's rumored to have remarkable sandwiches. I've been meaning to try it for months, so a few weeks ago I made a special trip just to get my jaws around one these sammies.

Though the store has all the usual varieties of bread and cold cuts, I'd heard great things about the Dutch crunch rolls, which are topped with a sugary, salty crust. The mere thought of the salty-sweet bread combined with jalapeños and pickles made my mouth water, so I ordered a ham and swiss sandwich, dressed with everything and warmed in the oven. For the rest of my Roxie sandwich adventure,

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My friend got the Simon Special, with pastrami, turkey, and cheddar (see above), and we took our enormous paper-wrapped meals to a nearby park. (There's just something extra tasty about a sandwich wrapped in paper, isn't there?) The rolls were so decadent, it was almost like eating a pastry, but the sweet, crunchy roll melded perfectly with the massive stack of ingredients.

In fact, these sandwiches were so packed with different flavors and textures — shredded iceberg lettuce, pickles, jalapeños, tomatoes, and onions — that it was impossible to distinguish one taste from the other. Just like a great sandwich should, the Roxie transformed a bunch of disparate flavors into one novel (and delicious) taste.

If you're ever in SF, I highly recommend this hidden convenience store gem. But even if you're not, this is a relatively simple sandwich; re-creating it is all about getting the right ratio of ingredients. I've tried my best to replicate the recipe below, so if you try it, let me know what you think.

Ham and Swiss on Dutch Crunch

Ham and Swiss on Dutch Crunch

Ham and Swiss on Dutch Crunch

Ingredients

1 Dutch crunch roll
4 slices of cold-cut ham
3 slices of tomato
4-6 jalapeño pepper slices (canned, not fresh)
4-6 dill pickle sandwich slices
1/4 cup iceberg lettuce, shredded
1/8 cup red onion, thinly sliced
2-3 slices of swiss cheese
Yellow mustard and mayonnaise, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice Dutch crunch roll in half horizontally, and coat the inside of the roll on both sides with yellow mustard and mayo.
  3. On the bottom of the roll, arrange the cold-cut ham, and top with tomato, jalapeno, and pickles.
  4. On top of that layer, place the shredded lettuce, followed by the onion slices.
  5. Top all ingredients with the sliced swiss cheese, and place the top half of the roll down onto the stack of fixings.
  6. Place the entire sandwich in the oven for 5 minutes, or until roll is crisped and cheese is just melted. Remove from heat, cut in half, and serve immediately.
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Glitter650 Glitter650 7 years
OMG this (or Turkey with Jack) is my GO TO order at almost any Deli, but I shall have to try theirs if the duthc crunch is that good ! YUMMMMMMMM
Glitter650 Glitter650 7 years
OMG this (or Turkey with Jack) is my GO TO order at almost any Deli, but I shall have to try theirs if the duthc crunch is that good ! YUMMMMMMMM
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 7 years
OMFG this is one of my favorite childhood sandwhich shops. I love the fact that they have a ton of pictures up from all of our school pictures (bela bad prom/dance pictures). So worth it the trip to this little hole in the wall for uber yummy sandwiches. Also dutch crunch is uber drool worth and stop killing the fun out of a once in a blue moon great quality made sandwich also made with lots of love!!!
cport85 cport85 7 years
where can i get a dutch crunch roll in jersey or ny? ive been searching everywhere!
Tabloid Tabloid 7 years
OH MY LORD.... I'M HUNGRY NOW :drool:
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
:drool: That looks sooo good! What is a dutch crunch roll and where can i find one?
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
:drool: That looks sooo good! What is a dutch crunch roll and where can i find one?
soapbox soapbox 7 years
Thanks for ruining the fun flyingroo. :( But actually, I was making a low fat version in my head using honey turkey and 1 slice of provologne, a weight watchers pita and everything else but the mayo. Then I'd heat it on the George Forman. Yay for guiltless eating!
soapbox soapbox 7 years
Thanks for ruining the fun flyingroo. :(But actually, I was making a low fat version in my head using honey turkey and 1 slice of provologne, a weight watchers pita and everything else but the mayo. Then I'd heat it on the George Forman. Yay for guiltless eating!
vintagesugar vintagesugar 7 years
This looks soooo good. I have never heard of a Dutch Crunch roll, either, but it gets my vote in this election year. Roxy here I come.
jessie jessie 7 years
:drool: yummy!
jessie jessie 7 years
:drool: yummy!
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
Mmmm Dutch Crunch rolls are my favorite for a sando. Oh and flyingroo at least it's better than a big fatty burger from McDonalds or something. Don't ruin all my fun. :)
beram1220 beram1220 7 years
Oh I LOVE those rolls but you have to get a good one that's also a little crunchy on the bottom. I've had them on a roll that was crunchy on top but soft on the bottom and it was a little odd...
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
oops, that was "drooled"
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
oops, that was "drooled"
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
Ok, for those of you who drolled at the view of that dutch crunch roll, some numbers that we'll make it less appetizing :-) There are 285 calories in the Dutch Crunch Roll and 5 grams of fat. Also, it has no dietary fiber. In order to burn the calories from that roll only, you'll need to golf for 87 minutes, or perform water aerobic for 50 minutes! Add the ham, the mayo, the cheese (2-3 slices?!) and you are set for spending at least 2 hours in the gym just to burn off the "delicious" sandwich.
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
Ok, for those of you who drolled at the view of that dutch crunch roll, some numbers that we'll make it less appetizing :-)There are 285 calories in the Dutch Crunch Roll and 5 grams of fat. Also, it has no dietary fiber. In order to burn the calories from that roll only, you'll need to golf for 87 minutes, or perform water aerobic for 50 minutes! Add the ham, the mayo, the cheese (2-3 slices?!) and you are set for spending at least 2 hours in the gym just to burn off the "delicious" sandwich.
carrieann9016 carrieann9016 7 years
MMMMM!!!! Where can I get a Dutch Crunch Roll?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
frogandprince frogandprince 7 years
That looks a bit like a Cuban Sandwich...
hanako66 hanako66 7 years
that looks so amazing!
hanako66 hanako66 7 years
that looks so amazing!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 7 years
okay that looks REALLY good!!!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
that bread looks amazing - i may not care for what's between the bread but i will certainly admire that!!!
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