Thunderin' Thelma's What Zane Eats sandwich



20 min


45 min


4 Servings

Thunderin' Thelma's What Zane Eats sandwich

What Zane eats sandwich recipe Photo by Roberto Caruso

Deli hotshot Zane Caplansky mans the window of his super-popular roadside attraction, the Thunderin' Thelma food truck.


  • 1 1/3 cups olive oil , or schmaltz (rendered chicken fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced onions
  • 450 g chicken or beef liver , outer skin and veins removed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 hard-boiled egg , peeled


  • HEAT a large non-stick frying pan over medium. Add 2 tbsp oil, then sliced onions. Cook until starting to soften, about 3 min. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir occasionally until brown, 15 to 20 more min. Transfer to a small bowl.
  • ADD remaining 1/4 cup oil to pan and increase heat to medium. Season liver with salt and pepper and cook until still slightly pink in the centre, 2 to 3 min. Transfer to a food processor along with egg. Pulse until combined but still chunky. Scrape into a bowl and stir in reserved onions.
  • WIPE same frying pan with paper towel and return to heat over medium. Add salami and cook until warm, 1 min per side. Generously spread 4 slices of rye with chopped liver. Top each with 2 slices salami, then some red onion rounds. Drizzle with mustard. Sandwich with remaining bread and serve with pickles on the side.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 707,
  • Protein
  • 30 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62 g,
  • Fat
  • 33 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 1816 mg.




  • 8 slices beef salami (chub)
  • 8 slices double-rye bread
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion rounds
  • 1/2 cup Russian-style mustard
  • 4 dill pickles