Turkey, Bacon, and Broccoli Rabe Shooter's-Style Sandwich Recipe

Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

A shooter's-style large format pressed sandwich made with turkey, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, and sautéed broccoli rabe. It gets pressed overnight for the best flavor and texture.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 4 hrs 45 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 1 loaf hearty pumpernickel or other rye bread, un-sliced
  • 8 slices thick-sliced bacon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed and washed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 16 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 1 pound hand-sliced roast turkey breast
  • 1/2 pound sliced extra-sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 400°F. Slice off the top 1 to 1 1/2-inches of the loaf of bread using a bread knife. Cut around the perimeter of the interior crumb, making sure not to break through the bottom crust, then use your hand to lift out the excess bread from the inside, leaving you with a hollow bread boat.

  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Place four slices of bacon on baking sheet side to side running perpendicular to the edge of the counter. Fold down the top halves of 1st and 3rd slices. Place a slice of bacon across the top of the folds, running perpendicular to the first 4 slices, then unfold the bacon so that the new slice is woven over and under every other slice. Fold down the 2nd and 4th slices and lay another slice of bacon across the top of the fold. Unfold the slices. Repeat until all 8 slices of bacon have been laid on the baking sheet in an interwoven pattern. Place baking sheet in oven and cook until bacon is crisp, about 25 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli rabe and cook until bright green, about 1 minute. Drain and run under cold water until chilled. Spin dry in a salad spinner and set aside.

  4. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until pale golden, about 1 minute. Add red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Add drained broccoli rabe and cook, stirring and tossing until well-coated in oil and garlic and thickest part of stalks are tender to the bite, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

  5. When ready to assemble, slather bottom of bread with half of mustard. Add half of broccoli rabe followed by half of cheese, half of sliced turkey, and the bacon weave (trim bacon so it fits the bread). Top with remaining turkey, remaining cheese, remaining broccoli rabe, and remaining mustard. Close sandwich.

  6. Wrap sandwich tightly in aluminum foil or burtcher's paper, then place in between two stiff cutting boards. Place a heavy weight on top (about 40 pounds), press down firmly to flatten sandwich, then let rest under the weight for at least 4 hours and up to overnight (keep an eye on the sandwich to ensure that it is pressing evenly).

  7. When ready to eat, remove weights, slice sandwich into four wedges through paper or foil with a bread knife, unwrap, and serve.

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