Tuesday, April 27, 2021

W is for Wheel -- Big Wheel!

W is for Wheel – Big Wheel Sandwich!

Have you ever heard of a big wheel sandwich? My friend Angela gave this recipe to me years ago and I have made quite a few of these sandwiches because my kids love them! I've made the sandwiches for tailgate parties and Saturday night suppers. I have made them for our staff. They are really yummy!!

1 round loaf Hawaiian Bread
1/4 lb ham (thinly sliced)
1/4 lb turkey (thinly sliced)
4-6 slices swiss cheese
1/4 lb roast beef (thinly sliced)
4-6 slices American or cheddar cheese
6-8 slices cooked bacon
4 paper thin slices onion
4 paper thin slices tomato
mayo (I use Hellman's light)
1/4 - 1/2 stick butter, softened (do you remember what I use? Land O' Lakes!)
Aluminum Foil 
Wax Paper (optional)

At some point you will need to preheat oven to 350 degrees. It might take longer to make the sandwich than how long it takes to preheat your oven.

Using a long blade serrated bread knife slice bread horizontally -- you need to slice this loaf into 7 layers.

There are pictures at the bottom that might make directions easier to understand.
I cover my assembly space with wax paper - makes a much easier clean up!
Starting with bottom layer -- place bottom layer of bread back in little tin pan that the loaf came in. Add cooked bacon to bottom layer and place next piece of bread on top of bacon. Add a small amount of mayo to next layer along with swiss cheese slices. If you have someone in your family that doesn't like mayo or mustard, if you use it sparingly on this sandwich they will not know.
Top Swiss Cheese with next bread layer. Spread a little mustard on this layer and add ham slices. Top with next bread layer and American (or Cheddar) slices. Add next layer of bread and turkey slices. Add next layer of bread and roast beef slices. Add layer of bread and place tomato and onion. I truly slice the tomato and onion so thin that you can see through it. I pull the onions into rings and spread those out. Top with last layer (which may be tiny). Ice the sandwich with softened butter. Wrap entire sandwich (including the little tin pan) in aluminum foil. Place in oven (the one you preheated to 350) and heat for about 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from oven and using a sharp knife slice sandwich into pie shaped wedges. 

Have you ever eaten a sandwich similar to this?


  1. Oh, I'd love to make this right now! Except we'd have to be far more generous with Duke's mayo (hahaha). Do you transport using a thermal bag to keep it warm?

  2. I've heard about this recipe but I've never seen it written out! Thanks for posting it. If we ever go back to bringing food to church events, I'm definitely going to try it.

    1. if you make it for a church event, every crumb will be eaten!

  3. No, I've never heard of it. I have taken a round loaf of sourdough, taken out a lot of the middle to fill with basil leaves, turkey slices, tomato slices, and mozzarella. Heated to melt the cheese.

  4. This looks really good. I have not had them before nor even heard of them but something we make here are called tropical funeral sandwiches.


    They too use Hawaiian bread but the slider size. They are tasty and my DIL just loves them LOL. When son was living with us way back in 2013/2014 I tried a whole bunch of different recipes to not get stagnant. He met his wife to be in 2014 and she was renting a room from her friend at the time who was a vegan (nothing wrong with vegans) but the vegan didn't really encourage her to make food with meat at the house and she didn't want to always bring in fast food or the like so I got to the point of making dinner for 4 people lol and he would take "leftovers" to her when he went "courting." She absolutely fell in love with these sandwiches and whenever I ask her what she wants for dinner she would always say these. I would make 2 batches of them (24 sandwiches in all) for her to have leftovers for a day or two :)


  5. Wow!! I've never had anything like that but now I want to try it. Maybe next time company is coming!! Thanks for the great idea and recipe!

  6. I've had my share of King's Hawaiian bread but never imagined a recipe as you describe so colorfully. Mine would include turkey and cheese, and more cheese, only, though.

  7. OK, I've been considering trying King's Hawaiian bread and this post has convinced me. This would be a perfect party sandwich (post-pandemic). https://mollyscanopy.com/2021/04/worlds-fair-1964-i-fall-in-love-atozchallenge/

  8. Just popped in on te Roadtrip and I have left a mini review over at https://how-would-you-know.com/2021/06/roadtrip-4-atoz-2021-challenge.html