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Skyscraper Special

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

The Dagwood Sandwich!

Whatever you put between two pieces of bread always seems to taste good! I grew up reading Blondie’s comic strip in the Sunday newspaper, and it was always fun to see how silly Dagwood was. We all have a favorite sandwich; mine is a cheese omelet in a baguette with mustard.

Dagwood’s Skyscraper sandwich is a work of art; he gives you the basic items for building a Dagwood sandwich, but he also suggests “additions which may be inserted to taste …” One of the essential ingredients for his sandwich is cold, baked beans. I did some research, and in the early 1900s, baked beans were a suggested ingredient in a cookbook as a substitute for meat.

I made the Skyscraper sandwich and asked my family to try it out. My husband loved it! The best part is that I also suggested that each one make their own “Skyscraper Sandwich,” and it was fun seeing how creative they were.


  • Multigrain bread slices

  • Butter

  • 2-4 lettuce leaves

  • Cooked chicken breast, sliced

  • 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced

  • 1 slice of Swiss cheese

  • 1 tomato, sliced

  • 2 smoked salmon slices

  • 2 slices of onions

  • Pimento olives, sliced

  • 1 slice of pickled beets

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • 1 slice of fresh pineapple

  • 1 tablespoon Thousand Island dressing

  • 1 tablespoon baked beans

Yields: 1 sandwich

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: none


  1. Start with a buttered bread slice.

  2. Top with a couple of lettuce leaves, add the sliced chicken, Thousand Island dressing, sliced egg, sliced olives, sliced cheese, sliced beets, salmon, sliced tomatoes, mayonnaise, pineapple slice, baked beans, lettuce and top with a buttered bread slice.

  3. Use a long toothpick to hold everything in place.

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