Emmaus Woman Wins Sandwich Contest at Allentown Fair

Sharon Kurtz of Emmaus took first place in this year's Sensational Sandwich Bread contest at the Allentown Fair.

Sharon Kurtz of Emmaus took first place in this year's new at the Allentown Fair. This newly themed contest is in celebration of the 250th Birthday of the Sandwich in 2012.

Kurtz, who competes at the fair annually along with her family, scored her first blue ribbon for her Bacon Lettuce Tomato & Turkey on a Roll

“We are just a baking family,” Kurtz said in a prepared statement. This recipe is a favorite sandwich in her household, according to Kurtz. “This recipe doesn’t call for an egg, which makes it a nice light sandwich roll,” she adds.

Along with her blue ribbon, Kurtz won a $150 cash prize, plus her recipe now moves on to national judging, where it will compete against 34 other first-place winning recipes from state and county fairs across the country for a $1,000 grand prize.

Here's Sharon Kurtz' prize-winning recipes:

Bacon Lettuce Tomato & Turkey on a Roll

Sandwich Rolls:

1 package Fleischmann’s Rapid Rise Yeast

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

3-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup warm milk

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water

Place ingredients in bread machine and set a “dough” setting. Then punch dough down and shape into 8 rolls. Place on a large greased cookie sheet for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Sandwich Filling:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

8 romaine lettuce leaves (cut each leaf in half to make 16 pieces)

8 slices fresh tomatoes


16 slices crispy cooked bacon (break each slice in half to make a total of 32 pieces)

8 thick slices roasted turkey

Slice each roll in half horizontally and spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise between both inner sections. Place 1 slice of turkey on top of bottom half of roll. Then top the turkey with 2 pieces of lettuce and a slice of tomato. Sprinkle the tomato with salt, to taste. Then place 4 broken pieces of bacon on top of two lettuce leaves. Place top of roll on sandwich and pierce with a frilly pick.

Yields: 8 sandwiches



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