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NATIONAL SANDWICH DAY
5 November 2021
This is apparently National Sandwich day.
I have a strange relationship with sandwiches. I see pictures like this
which is supposedly to get you to come to Jack in the Box for their perfect burger. All I can think of is how can anybody eat that much?? Despite the fact that I am a big eater, I would only be able to eat half, or less of a burger this size.
Also, I'm a very plain person. I don't like "stuff" on my sandwiches. Nothing green. A slice of onion is OK, and maybe a bit of tomato, but definitely no lettuce or pickle. I can't even think of two or three patties on my burger, and I don't even like sauce. So many of the new and improved burgers are improved with sauce and other stuff. If I'm ordering a cheeseburger, I ask for it plain.
One of my favorite sandwiches is a plain tomato sandwich. Nothing but tomato and mayonnaise (Best Foods/Hellman's) on soft white bread...balloon bread.
But the tomato has to be home grown. Tomatoes you buy in the store don't have that real tomato flavor.
When I was growing up and spending summers with my cousin Peach, we had onion sandwiches ever day. Plain white bread, again, spread with mustard and slices of onion. (I can see Walt shivering at the thought.)
Most of the sandwiches I like are plain. I love roast beef or roast lamb sandwiches, again on balloon bread with just mayonnaise.
Though I love French Dip sandwiches.
If the menu says that it 'comes with au jus," get me out of there. "Au jus" translates to "with juice" and anybody who says "with au jus" doesn't know what they are talking about. The best French dip sandwiches I've ever had come from a restaurant in Berkeley and the "jus" is really "jus" from the cooked roast, not some beef flavored broth.
The most popular sandwich in this country is probably grilled cheese. Great for me. Simple. Plain. And lots of butter on the toasting.
We sometimes have grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup for dinner here, something I would never have thought of to serve for dinner, but Ned and Marta like it and I love the nights when we have it.
I saw a recipe on The Kitchen on the Food Network a week or so ago that I really want to try...my version of "fancy." It starts with raisin-walnut bread.
Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Coat one side of each bread slice with butter and place 2 pieces butter-side down in the skillet. Layer one piece of bread with 2 slices Cheddar and 3 slices apple. On the other piece of bread, spread 1 tablespoon pepper relish and add 2 slices Brie. Cover and let cook until the bread starts to brown and the cheese starts to melt, 2 to 3 minutes.
Flip the Cheddar piece of bread onto the Brie piece to create a sandwich, then cover again and let cook until the cheese is melting over the sides of the bread, another 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat the process until all the sandwiches are made.
Make a dipping sauce of 1/2 cup stone-ground mustard, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
I haven't tried making this yet, but it's definitely on a dinner menu coming up.
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich,
would sure be surprised to know what his request for a piece of meat between two
slices of bread so he could continue playing cards and not get up to get
something to eat, back in the 1762, has turned into!
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