November Nine Sandwich

The Sandwich Surprise: A kitchen-sink sandwich called The November Nine.

november nine sammy

The Inspiration: I love love love this time of year, when my favorite ESPN event — the World Series of Poker main event final table, airing tonight at 9pm ET — follows my favorite holiday, Halloween.

(Btw, this Halloween, I went to my monthly degens poker tourney as the Poker Brat, Phil Hellmuth:

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I’m between Ryan (the beekeeper, left) and Eric (Bernie from Weekend at Bernie’s, right.))

The WSOP final table contenders are known as the November Nine. My husband Brant and I are pulling for Mark Newhouse, because back-to-back November Nines.

[Update: Alas, Newhouse busted out in 9th, so my new horse is Martin Jacobson, a 27-year-old Swede whose original dream was to be a Michelin-star chef … ]

The Ingredients:

The November Nine sammy has nine WSOP championship-related ingredients:

1. Chips — The tart salt & vinegar baked potato chips from Kettle are also unusually flat, which makes them great for sandwiches. I tried crumbling them onto the sammy at first, but they work better whole.

2. Cranberries — Slang for one of the highest denominations of chips in both cash games and tournaments …

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… it’s in this sammy as Wensleydale Cheese studded with Cranberries.

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Money money money. It’s how poker players keep score, so I worked it in a bunch of times as …

3. … Bacon — Fry it up in a pan.

4. … Bread — Bringing home the sourdough, yo.

5. … Cheddar — The November Nine checks cheddar like a food inspector.

6. Fish — Fish is a classic poker term for the human ATMs in every poker room who can’t help coughing up coin to their eager opponents.

Tonight’s final table seems pretty fish-free, but I included Pepperidge Farm Goldfish anyway, in honor of thrice-wedded Norman Chad because the ESPN color commentator is such a marriage fish.

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7. Monterey Jack cheese — A tip of the hat to the Lon McEachern Memorial Hand, because they always lose: pocket jacks.

8. Bone-in ribeyeAntonio “The Magician” Esfandiari will likely join Lon & Norm in the booth, and he loves the ribeye at Jean Georges’ steakhouse in Vegas. Vegas!

9. Brats — For Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth, who will probably pop up in the booth too.


Basically, I baked sourdough rolls lightly basted with olive oil and topped with Goldfish crackers. (My sourdough starter from my 2013 Super Bowl party is still going strong!)

I seasoned the ribeye with Cavender’s, seared it in a pan, sliced it and then sauteed the slices until they were medium well.

I cooked the bacon and browned the brats on separate halves of a two-burner griddle pan.

I spread a healthy amount of Wensleydale on each half of the roll. Layering lettuce — the casino-y Tropicana green leaf (even though the Main Event is at the Rio) and the meats, I then added a few potato chips and drizzled a melted mix of the shredded cheddar and Monterery Jack on top of the meat. I tried plain old slices of cheddar, but melting the cheddar and jack created more of a cheeseburgery sauce.


I had no surprisee this week, but to me, the three cheeses and salty bacon are what pull the rest of the sandwich together.

Just a few more hours before vicarious Vegas living. Take it down, Jacobson!

november nine filling

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