Dipped in beaten eggs, covered with bread cumbs and fried, these cliff sandwiches have chicken salad, ham and cheese. Delicious and filling!
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Cliff sandwiches

Course Sandwiches
Cuisine International
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 9 slices white loaf bread
  • 3 slices ham
  • 6 slices cheese any variety
  • 3/4 cup chicken salad flaked chicken breast meat, mayo, chopped onions, parsley, chopped pimientoes, salt, sugar and pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • cooking oil
  • 12 wooden toothpicks

Instructions

  • In a wok or frying pan, heat enough cooking oil to reach a depth of at least three inches. The temperature should be before it starts to smoke. Sorry, I don’t use kitchen thermometers. You can test the temperature by dropping a small piece of bread into the hot oil. If the bread browns too fast, the oil is too hot.
  • Make three club sandwiches: Spread 1/4 c. of chicken salad on a slice of bread. Cover with another slice of bread. Lay a piece of ham on the second slice. Cover with another slice of bread. Lay a slice (or more) of cheese and top with another slice of bread. Secure each corner of the sandwich with a wooden toothpick. Repeat for the remaining ingredients.
  • Holding a clubhouse sandwich securely in your hands, roll all sides in the beaten eggs. Then dredge all sides in bread crumbs. 
  • With kitchen tongs, lower the sandwich in hot oil. The sandwich will not sink so you will need to turn it over after a few seconds to brown the other side. The frying part should not take more than a few seconds since you don’t want the oil to reach the insides of the sandwich; you just want to brown the outside. 
  • As soon as lightly browned, carefully lift the sandwich from the hot oil with kitchen tongs and drain on lots of paper towels.
  • Do the same thing with the remaining clubhouse sandwiches.
  • Using a bread knife, cut each cliff sandwich into four triangles. Remove the toothpicks and serve warm.

Notes

Tip #1: Avoid used oil. The taste of whatever it was that had been fried in the used oil will be absorbed the bread. Furthermore, oil usually turns dark after fish or meat has been fried in it. The darker the oil, the darker the sandwich will be.
Tip #2: Do NOT use lard or butter. Butter might be more flavorful but it burns faster.