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People think they've worked out what the 'Club' in Club Sandwich stands for; The Club Sandwich is a fine thing -- but, sadly, it probably isn't an acronym like the BLT.

Byline: Joshua Barrie

Have you ever stopped and wondered what the 'Club' inClub Sandwichstands for?

Possibly not, but many have been left astounded by the apparent revelation that is means this: Chicken and lettuce under bacon.

We have Will Taylor to thank for this. He's head of strength and conditioning at London Welsh RFC.

A few days ago, he tweeted:

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It proved a welcome surprise to many. The Club Sandwich had been, up until then, just one of the those (great) things.

A fine layering of toasted bread, mayonnaise, cold chicken or turkey and hot crispy bacon. Usually, the chicken and lettuce, and the bacon would be divided by an additional middle layer of bread.

And the final product is always -- always! -- cut into dainty triangles.

Meaning at long last...

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Sadly, the idea of chicken and lettuce under bacon might well be an afterthought. Or a mere striking coincidence.

The name Club Sandwich originated not in its ingredients and composition, but in where it was invented.

This in itself is up for debate. But one thing's pretty much for certain -- the sandwich was born in New York member's clubs in the mid 1890s.

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One, an upmarket gambling club in Saratoga Springs, New York, claims to have first made the Club Sandwich.

The Saratoga Gambling Clubsays this: "So how did this high-class gambling venue become the birthplace of the club sandwich?

"It's still up for debate who actually created the towering layered sandwich: the chef or the clubhouse owner, Richard Canfield himself, but The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink states that the club sandwich originated in the Saratoga Club House's kitchen in 1894."

The swankyUnion Club of New York Cityalso claims to have been first. Apparently, a hungry member arrived home late to find his staff all asleep, so set about making himself some food.

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The story (we've cut it for length), told by food writer Marion Neil in 1916, goes: "A man, we are told, arrived at his home one night after the family and servants had retired, and being hungry, sought the pantry and the ice chest in search of something to eat.

"There were remnants of many things in the source of supplies, but no one thing that seemed to be present in sufficient abundance to satisfy his appetite.

"he man wanted, anyway, some toast. So he toasted a couple of slices of bread. Then he looked for butter, and incidentally something to accompany the toast as a relish.

"Besides the butter he found mayonnaise, two or three slices of cold broiled bacon, and some pieces of cold chicken. These he put together on a slice of toast, and found, in a tomato, a complement for all the ingredients at hand.

"Then he capped his composition with a second slice of toast, ate, and was happy."

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And so it was named a Club Sandwich -- or, originally, a 'Clubhouse Sandwich' as he was a member of the Union Club and took his snack to the chef there, who put it on the menu.

We don't know which club house was first. There arescores of referencesciting the dish.

There are also lots of recipes and Club Sandwich photos that don't appear to layer the ingredients in line with the acronym.

But looking at these early notes, chicken and lettuce under bacon seems fitting. Conformity early on.

Even if those clubhouse members didn't know it then, the Club Sandwich has always been, and will always be: Chicken and lettuce under bacon.

This is the 'proper' building procedure,accordingto US culinary director David Nevins:

A* toasted bread A* mayo A* sliced turkey A* bacon A* toasted bread, mayo both sides A* bacon A* tomato A* lettuce A* toasted bread, mayo

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