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Woolworth's Sebastian Sandwich

On 6/27/2018 1:37 AM, Frank wrote:

 Dr. Phaedrus,

 I thoroughly enjoy your site and all of the research you do to find 
'lost' recipes.  A number of years ago a local Woolworth's in Eau Claire, 
WI offered a sandwich on their menu called a 'Sebastian Sandwich'.  As I 
recall it was a tuna sandwich with a good-sized portion of coleslaw.  I 
am wondering if it was a special tuna recipe or special coleslaw recipe, 
or did they merely put their 2 recipes together to create this sandwich.  
It was SOOOO GOOD!!!!

Thank You!!


Hello Frank,

I have a partial Woolworth's Lunch Counter recipe book, but there is no sandwich in it with that name or like your description. Also, I could not find any mention of a sandwich by that name connected with Woolworth's. Finally, there are several images online of Woolworth's menus, and I could not find one that listed a Sebastian Sandwich.

That said, there is such a thing as a "Sebastian Sandwich", and it does have something like coleslaw on it, but it does not have tuna or tuna salad. It is basically a toasted ham and cheese on rye with curry coleslaw. See the recipe below and these web sites:



There is always the possibility that your local Woolworth's had a "Sebastian Sandwich" on the menu that was not served at other Woolworth's, or that you had these sandwiches elsewhere and after so long a time your memory is hazy about exactly where you had it. Happens to me all the time.


Sebastian Sandwich
12 slices rye bread
2/3 c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. chopped chutney
1 tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. salt
3 c. shredded cabbage
1 lb. sliced baked ham
6 slices cheddar cheese
12 slices enriched rye bread
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped chutney
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp salt
3 cups shredded (medium shred) cabbage
1 pound very thinly sliced baked ham
6 slices (1 oz each) cheddar cheese
radishes for garnish
black olives for garnish
stuffed green olives for garnish
Lettuce cups

Butter both sides of bread, all 12 slices.

Combine mayonnaise, chutney, curry powder and salt; fold in cabbage. 

On each of 6 slices of bread, place equal amounts of sliced ham, 
about 1/2 cup cabbage mixture and 1 slice of cheese. Top with 
remaining 6 bread slices.

Grill on both sides until golden brown.

Garnish with radish roses, ripe and stuffed green olives in lettuce cups.

Makes 6 sandwiches

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