The “Ragwood” Sandwich

Let’s raise our Diva Cups for a toast. This is a momentous occasion: we are now all on same menstrual cycle. At least that’s what I’m happily assuming. Look at us, braiding each other’s hair, holding hands, surfborting together on ye olde crimson wave. Someone please pass the Midol. I’m wearing white culottes because I like to live dangerously. My dearest Sync Sisters, let’s celebrate this period party with a Bloodfeast snack we can all share!

A couple of years ago I hosted a party based on a legit fantasy: a “Midnight Cartoon Sandwich Party.” I wanted to surround myself with supportive friends cheering me on as I built the kind of sandwich seen in cartoons and comic strips. You know, when the character goes to make a “midnight snack,” and the result is a towering, mega-wich of cold cuts, cheeses, a fishbone, and maybe an old shoe, all topped off with olives on sticks. A character from the cartoon Blondie famously made this kind of sandwich, so it’s usually referred to by his name, The Dagwood. But for us fine ladies, we shall dub this: The Ragwood.

Spoiler alert: it’s even more delicious after being in the fridge overnight, so if you have leftovers, you’ll have a sandwich sequel to enjoy.

(Originally posted on The Hairpin.)

The "Ragwood" Sandwich
Serves 4
Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 1-2 loaves of bread (depending on how large your Crimson Coven OR your appetite is)
  2. 5 slices of cooked bacon
  3. 2 fried eggs
  4. ½ pound Genoa salami
  5. ½ pound turkey breast
  6. ½ pound ham
  7. Sliced cheddar cheese
  8. Sliced Swiss cheese
  9. Lettuce
  10. Tomato
  11. Green bell pepper
  12. Kosher dill pickles
  13. Peppercinis
  14. Green olives
  15. Salt and pepper
  16. Mayo
  17. Mustard
  18. Chopped garlic
  1. Cut the loaf in half or in thirds, depending on what kind of bread you use. I used a French bread loaf because I could not resist that straight-out-of-the-Albertsons-oven suppleness. It was soft on the inside, like carb clouds, but I could only cut it in half. Last time I used Italian bread and was able to cut 3-4 layers.
  2. Garlic aioli spread: Mix 1 cup mayo with the juice of one lemon and a teaspoon of chopped garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread generously on the slices of the bread.
  3. Building the monstra: begin to assemble your sandwich toppings. I layered in this order: ham, turkey, cheese, mustard, salami, lettuce, tomato, bellpepper, pickles, peppercinis, then repeated as necessary. If you have a middle slice of bread, use that as a barrier between your floors of toppings.
  4. Fry two eggs and slap them on the top, along with your bacon. Stack the final slice on the top of the sandwich and secure the monstra with your bamboo skewers.
  5. Put the green olives on the top of the skewers.
  6. Look at yourself in the mirror to make sure you didn’t turn into Garfield or Scooby Doo. Okay, cool.
  7. Cut it in slices and hand them out on plates as if the sandwich was a birthday cake to your Crimson Coven.
  8. If you’ve got potato chips around, feel free to put those in your Ragwood for some extra CRUNCH. Not sure about those cappuccino-flavored Lays, but I won’t judge.

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