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South Orange Sloppy Joe Sandwich
South Orange Sloppy Joe Sandwich
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
South Orange, NJ has a unique take on a sloppy joe sandwich. Layers of meat, cheese, coleslaw, Russian dressing and thinly sliced bread make it a delicious classic.
Course: Sandwich
Servings: 3 large sandwiches
  • Coleslaw
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 14 oz shredded cabbage and carrots bagged coleslaw mix

  • Russian Dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek chili paste
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 loaf pullman rye bread 1 lb
  • 1 lb corned beef or roast beef thinly sliced
  • 1 lb turkey or ham thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb Swiss cheese thinly sliced
  1. Coleslaw: Whisk together everything except the cabbage mixture. Fold in the cabbage mixture and let stand for at least 30 mins for the flavors to meld.
  2. Drain any liquid off before making the sandwiches.
  3. Russian Dressing: Whisk all of the ingredients together until combined.
  4. Sandwiches: Remove the crusts from the loaf of bread and cut into a rectangle block.
  5. Very thinly slice (1/4 inch) the bread horizontally.
  6. Lay down one long slice of bread and layer with 1/3 of the corned beed or roast beef.
  7. Dollop on some coleslaw and spread over meat.
  8. Spread some Russian dressing over the slaw and lay a couple slices of Swiss on top.
  9. Place a slice of bread on top and repeat with the turkey or ham, slaw, dressing and cheese.
  10. Top with another slice of bread and cut into rectangles or squares to serve.
  11. You can vary the ratio or meat/slaw/dressing/cheese to taste.