A sandwich loaf is a stacked party entrée that looks like a cake . While rare today, the food was quite popular during the mid 20th century in the United States . To create a sandwich loaf, bread is cut horizontally and spread with layers of filling. Common fillings include egg salad , chicken salad , ham salad, tuna salad , and Cheez Whiz , but other fillings are possible, including peanut butter and jelly and mock egg salad made from tofu . In a simple sandwich loaf the filling may all be the same, but in more complex creations each layer is different. White bread is usually used to create a sandwich loaf, but wheat is also acceptable. Sometimes white and wheat are used in alternating layers to create a ribbon effect. After the layers are assembled the entire loaf is coated with whipped cream cheese , which may be tinted with food coloring . Common garnishes are olives , parsley , grapes , and carrot curls . The loaf is sliced like a cake and eaten with a fork .
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