This sandwich is one of my two favorite sandwiches, the other being the dried beef sandwich described earlier in this book section. As with the dried beef sandwich, this one also has a funny story.
I used to patronize a Wilmington DE delicatessen on Market Street Mall named Tote A Treat®. They had a few good menu items as a restaurant and also good freshly made deli sandwiches. Their flagship sandwich was called the Tote A Treat® Deluxe, and it consisted of a medium long sub roll with Russian dressing, lots of white turkey breast pieces, Swiss cheese and German salami. It was expensive, and I never thought about buying one until I saw a friend at work (a fellow lunchtime bridge player named Bruce Smith) who declared that to be his all time favorite sandwich. Well, I tried one, and it was very good, but the turkey didn’t do that much for me.
About that time I was becoming angry with the owner of the delicatessen as he was a real prick to his young employees. I actually saw him fire a girl who had simply displeased him by not kowtowing with lowered head to his constant harangue. That did it for me. I never went back.
Ah, what to do? Leo and Jimmies® delicatessen was just down the mall a few doors so I got the brilliant idea of patronizing them for the "Deluxe" sandwich, sans turkey. What a pleasant surprise! They packed the long roll with plenty of German salami and Swiss cheese and "lots of Russian dressing" per my instructions. The price was really low compared to that of the "Deluxe" sandwich at Tote A Treat®.
A medium long sub roll (about 12")
Open the sub roll and slather a thick coating of Russian dressing on both interior surfaces. Put three slices of Swiss cheese along the length on both sides of the sandwich (six slices in all). Layer 12 thin slices of German salami along the inside of the sandwich and close it. Enjoy!
Why the German salami? Wouldn’t Italian salami, hard or cooked do the trick? Well, in a word, no. The German salami was simply better tasting and less fatty than the Italian hard salami, and I would never eat the cooked Italian salami if I have a choice. ‘Nuff said!