Submarine Sandwich (Rehoboth Beach, Del.)

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   See the ADS-L archives for my work on "submarine."
   From THIS WEEK magazine, NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 7 August 1949, pg. 24, col. 2:

_Rehoboth Beach, Del._
by Clementine Paddleford

_The "double submarine"_
_is quite a mouthful._
_Here's how to build one_

IT'S a monster contraption, the double submarine that nosed into sight along the East Coast late in the war.  The original spot of its sighting is a matter of contention, but nobody argues over its present home base.  Biggest submarine-sandwich fleet in dry dock is built by Jack Twilley's stand-up-and-at-'em snack bar at Rehoboth Beach, Del., most proper summer-resort town.
   For off the beaten path of epicures is Twilley's little bar, its front opening on Rehoboth's main street. Four Sundays back, we stood there, notebook in one hand, pencil in the other, recording who came to buy "subs" and to get the details of "giant sandwich" construction.
   _Snack Fare_
LISTENING in, we learned that submarines never miss a beach picnic.  They go out to summer suppers, to beer parties, off on boat trips.
   Women with home freezers buy "subs" in sets of a dozen to freeze, then defrost and serve when the crowd gathers.  Another trick with these "Paul Bunyan" tidbits is to wrap tightly in wax paper, chill a few hours, slice crosswise with a sharp knife, eight cuts to a sandwich.  Even (Col. 3--ed.) "sub-divisions" are four-bite affairs served as snack fare when the drinks are poured.
   Want to introduce the submarine to your town?  Take a long, soft finger roll, the longer the better, nine inches the length.  If you can't get the long rolls, whack off nine-inch cuts of French flute bread or use the long Italian hard rolls.
   _The Way To Do It_
SPLIT rolls, or bread, lengthwise, almost into halves, but not quite.  Flatten like an open book and now to your building.  Lay on the following ingredients, one thing on the other, exactly in this order: three thin slices of pressed ham, arranged overlapping; two thin slices provoloni cheese; four crisp leaves of lettuce; four half slices of tomato.  Sprinkle with thyme, celery seed and salt; drizzle over olive oil.  Add a medium-sized onion cut into thin rings; overlay with four one-half-inch-thick slices of dill pickled peppers--to set a fire in the mouth.
   Cut the sandwich through the center into two halves and quickly snap it together.  Wrap in wax paper and into the refrigerator to chill until picnic time.  Figure one to a person; on one submarine you can dine and dine well.

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