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18) Turkey Sandwich with Homemade Rye Bread 4.18 Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!

“Luke, turkey sandwich on rye, please- lettuce, tomato, cucumber.” “Coming right up.”


For the rye bread

(adapted from Cooking with Ruthie)

  • 1 cup warm milk

  • 1 tbsp instant yeast

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 3 tbsp melted butter

  • 1 egg

  • 1 ½ tsp salt

  • 1 cup rye flour

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour*

  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds

  • 1 egg for an egg wash

*If you don’t want to buy a third type of flour, you can just use an extra ½ cup of all-purpose flour

For the turkey sandwich**:

  • ½ English cucumber, sliced thinly

  • 1-2 slices of a beefsteak tomato

  • 1 large leaf of butter lettuce

  • 1 slice of havarti cheese

  • Cooked turkey (I used deli-sliced, but you can use any turkey you like)

  • Mayonnaise

  • Whole grain mustard

  • Salt, pepper, and oregano to taste

**This is how I chose to make my turkey sandwich, but you can of course adapt it to fit your preferences!


  1. Combine the yeast, sugar, and milk in a small mixing bowl. Allow to sit for about two minutes to allow the yeast to activate and become foamy in the water.

  2. Pour the yeast mixture into a larger mixing bowl along with the melted butter and milk. Fully combine.

  3. Add all the flours, salt, and fennel seeds. Mix until fully combined. You will want to use a dough hook or your hands.

  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a towel, and allow to raise for an hour or until doubled in size.

  5. On a lightly floured surface, separate the dough and form into two even loaves. Place in a loaf tin and cover with a towel. Allow to raise for an additional 30 minutes to an hour.

  6. While the loaves are rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  7. Score the top of the loaves and brush with an egg wash.

  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

  9. Allow bread to cool then cut two slices of bread.

  10. Toast or grill the bread.

  11. Spread the mayonnaise on one slice of bread and whole grain mustard on the other.

  12. Add cucumbers, tomato slices, lettuce, cheese, and turkey to the sandwich.

  13. Season with salt, pepper, and oregano to taste.

You'll want to look for a beautiful golden-brown color on your bread.

This was another dish that gave us the recipe on the show! The last time this happened was Luke’s special omelette from season two! Even though I don’t think Luke is baking his own bread, I thought it would make this sandwich a little more special. While Taylor didn’t add cheese to his sandwich, I thought that was a crime. I personally love cheese, and I can’t fathom making a sandwich (other than a PB&J) without cheese! Taylor also ordered this sandwich with a side of coleslaw, but I have to be in the right mood for coleslaw, so I left that part out.

Sandwiches just taste better cut on the diagonal.

Happy Cooking from the Hollow!

If you missed what I made last episode, catch up here!

I hope Taylor enjoys this sandwich!

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