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Hoda Kotb and Willie Geist compete to make the best sandwich

Hoda's favorite thing to put on a sandwich? Potato chips!
/ Source: TODAY

TODAY anchors Willie Geist and Hoda Kotb are going head-to-head in a game of Sandwich Slamwich Showdown, competing for sandwich superiority with their signature sandwich recipes — and YouTube stars Rhett & Link (who know how to taste test) will be judging. Hoda is making a turkey and ham sandwich with potato chips (her signature sandwich move!), and Willie is preparing turkey on rye with sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing.

And the winner is ...

Hoda's "Hodie Hoagie"! — thanks to, of course, the potato chips. Willie's, they said, was "a little too traditional."

Hoda is the sandwich champion!Nathan Congleton / TODAY

But you can judge for yourself by making them both with the recipes below:

The Hodie Hoagie

This sandwich brings big flavor in every bite. The 3-condiment spread is a whirlwind of taste and the potato chips add a killer crunch!


  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 3 slices deli turkey
  • 2 slices deli ham
  • 1/4 cup potato chips


  1. Combine mayo, mustard and ketchup in a small bowl. (That's Hoda's special sauce!)
  2. Spread mayo mixture onto both halves of the white bread.
  3. Add turkey and ham to one half of the bread.
  4. Add chips on top of deli meats. Top with other slice of white bread. Cut in half before serving.

The Sandwillie

This is my take on the classic Reuben sandwich. I swap in turkey for the traditional pastrami or corned beef and prefer the added tang of Thousand Island dressing over Russian.


  • 2 slices rye bread
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 3 slices deli turkey
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons thousand island dressing
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sauerkraut
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Spread butter on the outside of both slices of rye bread.
  2. On the inside of the bread slices, smear mayo then spread thousand island dressing on top.
  3. Add turkey, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut on top of the condiments. Season with salt and pepper. Top with other slice of rye bread.
  4. Place sandwich onto pre-heated hot panini press. Press sandwich until cheese is melted and the outside of the bread is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Cut in half before serving.

If you like those tasty sandwich recipes, you should also try these:

Siri Daly's Sticky Ham Sandwiches
Copycat McRib Sandwich