The Shifter
Though an authentic Shifter uses white bread and dill pickles, you may create your own spin on this storied ham and Swiss sandwich by using whole wheat bread or my favorite pickle recipe. For the Showdown, I’m thinking a version with creamy coleslaw would be delicious!


  • White bread (may substitute whole grain)
  • Ham
  • Swiss cheese (I use Sargento 100% natural slices)
  • Lettuce
  • Vine-ripened tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • Dill pickles (or Seven-Day Pickles)
  • Mayonnaise


  1. Layer the ham, and then the Swiss cheese on a slice of bread. (I like chipped ham for the texture and use approximately 2 ounces of ham and two slices of Swiss cheese per sandwich.)
  2. Top with crisp lettuce, juicy tomato slices, and pickles—in that order. Spread a nice layer of mayonnaise on the top piece of bread, place over the pickles, and enjoy.
  3. For the record, there was no mention as to which way the sandwich was cut. I cut on the diagonal–and served with potato chips. (Tucking a few of the chips in the sandwich adds a welcome crunch!)

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