Best Picnic Sandwich Ever: Jersey Style Turkey Sloppy Joes

This picture not fitting your image of a sloppy joe sandwich? Then you must be from somewhere other than my home state, New Jersey. There, a sloppy joe is a far cry from ground meat doused in red sauce. Rather, it’s a cold, double decker deli sandwich made with meat, cheese, slaw, and Russian dressing. Lots of it. Lots of all of it. And perfect for a summer picnic.

By Stacie Billis of One Hungry Mama

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Kitchen Gear

Table knife (for slicing the sandwich) 


2 slices rye bread, seeded or not, your preference
  tablespoon sliced roast turkey
  tablespoon sliced Swiss cheese
  tablespoon old-fashioned coleslaw
  tablespoon Russian dressing


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. For the classic layered version, toast 3 slices of rye bread per sandwich. For a more modest version, toast 2 slices per sammy.
  2. Layer turkey, cheese, and slaw and top with Russian dressing. If making the layered version, put turkey between two slices and cheese and slaw between the other two. Spread both the top and middle slices of bread with dressing. Cut into 2 or 3 pieces and enjoy!

While this contains nothing unsafe for younger eaters, I recommend this starting at 12 months because, well, it’s a serious sandwich! No matter how old your eaters, be sure to keep the size manageable: skip the double-decker version, layer the fillings thin, and cut the sandwich into small pieces easy for small hand to maneuver.