The Leftover Hungover Sandwich

The Leftover Hungover Sandwich | The Sugar Hit


Happy New Year everybody!


It’s New Year’s Day where I’m sitting right now, and the sun is shining, and I suddenly feel like I’m talking like a radio presenter? I’ll stop that now. Nevertheless, it is the first day of 2014, I’ve got my goals for the year written out, and I’m pumped! Why am I pumped? Because I’m not hungover!


The Leftover Hungover Sandwich | The Sugar Hit


I’m not a ‘New Year’s Eve celebrator’, nor am I much of a drinker these days, so last night I watched Adam’s Rib with my parents, waited for my boyfriend to get home from work, and then went to bed! PARRRRTAAAYYYY! So now, I’ve woken up fresh as a daisy and I just ate a big fat pancake for breakfast.


What’s with the sandwich, then? I hear you ask…


The Leftover Hungover Sandwich | The Sugar Hit


Well, my darling internet friends, I wasn’t always this way. Indeed, I used to raise hell on the regulars, so I totally know what it’s like to wake up on the first day of the year and feel like there is a tiny army of dwarves trying to mine their way out of your head. You’re dehydrated, you’re nauseous, you’re somehow simultaneously exhausted and completely unable to continue sleeping.


And that’s where I come in.


The Leftover Hungover Sandwich | The Sugar Hit


You stumble into the kitchen, and there am I, with a gentle smile and a steaming cup of black coffee (or however you take it). I know you need caffeine, and then probably an OJ or something just to introduce your stomach to the idea of consuming non-booze things again.


Then, if you’re anything like me, in about 15 minutes you will be RAVENOUS.


The Leftover Hungover Sandwich | The Sugar Hit


But don’t worry, because one of these babies is COMIN’ ATCHA! It’s got slices of smoky delicious ham (leftover from xmas), a big pile of mustardy coleslaw, a neat slather of mayo, and then – and this is the most important part – a huge, crispy, crunchy pile of salty delicious hot chips.


Hangover? More like HAND OVER all the money you’re going to want to pay me for bringing you this sandwich in your time of need.


The Leftover Hungover Sandwich | The Sugar Hit


Not a fan of ham? Use whatever’s in the fridge – this is all about using up leftovers. Couldn’t be bothered making slaw? Use store-bought. Can’t handle the mayo? Leave it out, or replace it with some chutney or mustard. Not a fan of hot chips? JUST KIDDING, EVERYONE IS!!!


So how are you feeling today? A little worse for wear, or pumped for 2014, or both? Did you have a good NYE? Here’s hoping we all kick the crap out of this year!


xx Sarah.


The Leftover Hungover Sandwich | The Sugar Hit


The Leftover Hungover Sandwich


An original recipe by Sarah Coates for The Sugar Hit.

Serves 2



For the sandwich:

4 slices of good bread



coleslaw (recipe below)

hot chips (recipe below)


To make this sambo, you just pile ham, coleslaw chips and mayo onto bread. It’s awesome. If you want to make your own coleslaw and hot chips here are my tried, tested, and really super easy instructions:


For the coleslaw:

1/4 of a small white cabbage

1 tbsp grain mustard

2 tsp cider vinegar

2 tsp olive oil


Finely slice the cabbage and then make a dressing by whisking the remaining ingredients together. Toss, and serve.


For the chips:

2 small potatoes

canola oil

Preheat the oven to 400f/200C. Slice the potatoes into 1 cm chips, and place in a saucepan with cold water. Bring to the boil and boil for 3 minutes. Once the potatoes are on the heat, place the oil in a baking dish, and place in the oven to heat up. Drain the boiled chips, and place them carefully into the preheated oil, and then bake for 25 minutes, before turning them and giving them another 10 minutes. BEST OVEN CHIPS EVER.


  1. Spot on with this line!

    ‘somehow simultaneously exhausted and completely unable to continue sleeping’

    This sandwich is definitely what I need right now

    • Happy New Year Kayla! I’m sending you a mental sandwich.

    • Thanks Bianca, you too!

  2. Sarah, this looks delicious! I also took it easy last night but I would still pay you a lot of money if you gave me one of these right now.

  3. hot chips are my weakness and holysmokes yours looks amazing. i swear mine never turn out to look like that. perhaps i’ll have to try and try again. HAPPY NEW YEAR MY DEAR! :) x

  4. Hot chip sandwiches in any form are the best ever. Happy new year!!

  5. Do you know what this recipe is missing? Bacon. Bacon. Bacon. I mean, ham is good, but BACON. That’s a hangover cure in itself.

  6. Oh what do you know – i DO have leftover Christmas ham! I was ill on NYE so getting to bed (with Nyquill) by 9pm definitely helped me avoid any pesky hangovers. But this sandwich is happening ANYWAY! Love the chip method, love the tangy coleslaw and ham combo! So yum!

  7. Happy New Years Sarah!! I still managed to get my drink on, WITHOUT a hangover. Winner!!! Maybe I was just lucky.

    Anyhow, did stay up waaayy too late, and I wish I could have had one of these guys waiting for me in the kitchen when I woke up. Such a great idea. Maybe next year I’ll prep one in advance the night before and wrap it up :P

  8. I love that you say hot chips. It’s so darn cute :)

    I also did not drink too much on nye and woke up feeling great this year!

    • Lol – that’s what we call them here! Happy New Years!

  9. I need about a thousand of these with jalapeno mustard!!! Your photography is making me crazy hungry…. bah.

  10. Made these. Loved them! My husband and I each downed a sandwich, looked at each other, and then we each ate ANOTHER ONE. We were soooo full but so happy. A delicious creation, thank you! Great french-fry method here. Low effort, super-crispy potatoes! I actually ended up being hungover the next morning after we ate these….. hahaha

    • WOOP! I’m so glad you liked them! Those potatoes are my secret weapon – but with great power comes great responsibility not to eat potato chips all the time…

  11. Ugh, I SO BADLY needed this on New Year’s Day!! I wasn’t planning to drink that much, but oops. And don’t you just love Maldon salt?

  12. Um yeah, this isn’t an original recipe. This is called a Primantis sandwich and Pittsburgh has been doing this for literally decades. If you wanna do a copycat recipe, fine. But don’t call it an “original recipe by Sarah Coates”.

    • HEY GURL! Let me run through the differences between a Primanti Sandwich and this one for ya!
      1. These fries are baked, not fried (check the recipe).
      2. I have no idea what Primanti puts in their coleslaw – this is my recipe.
      3. Primanti meats are heated – this is cold.
      4. Primanti sambos often have cheese – this has none.
      5. Primanti’s include tomato, which this does not.

      Does that clear it up? The other fact is that I wrote this recipe without reference to any other. My family and other Aussies have been eating sambos like this for years, and most have probably never even heard of Primanti. So I’m pretty happy to stand by this as ‘an original recipe by Sarah Coates’.

    • Oh and this has mayo which, from what I’ve read, Primanti’s don’t.


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