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Simple Sandwich Day — How do you make yours?

May 21, 2010

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Last night’s dinner was just a simple ham and cheese panini, made on our griddler, with a side of collard greens and pickles.  Marc and I noted that none of this was blog-worthy, at least as far as recipes are concerned, but it didn get us thinking and talking about sandwiches and how, for different people, the art of the sandwich means so many things.

I’ve come to realize that over the years, I pretty much don’t like a cold sandwich — except for a cold sub.  A sub shouldn’t be warm or toasted or Quizno’s-ed, because there’s nothing grosser than hot lettuce.  That said, a plain sandwich with cheese and meat and bread (especially if that meat is ham…) should be warm.  At least for me.  That’s just how I roll (yuk, yuk, yuk).

Another thing that differs from person-to-person — especially in our house — is the sandwich “lubrication” (if you will).  I was raised with sandwiches being made with buttered bread, and it’s what I like.  Obviously, you can’t get butter on your sandwiches out in the world, and to some it may be gross (which is something I NEVER realized until I moved to Boston — I thought everyone buttered their sandwiches…), but to me, it’s perfect.  Marc’s more of a mustard kind of guy — he’s not too picky about the kind of mustard he uses, though.  To me, butter, mayo, mustard, whatever, it all has to be spread evenly and on all ends of the bread, but that’s not so for everyone.  Apparently, I’m very neurotic.

I’m also neurotic about the placement of the filling of the sandwich.  I don’t like deli sandwiches that are piled high with thick slices of fatty meat.  I prefer RAZOR thin slices and just enough meat to taste it.  Man Vs. Food would find me incredibly dull.  Aaaand, the cheese on the sandwich needs to be on the top of the meat — and not surrounding it.  The general construction of the sandwhich something that Marc and I have differed on, up until the point that he (and I) insisted that when we have sandwiches, I need to make my own, or I won’t be satisfied.  Again, neuroses.  I have them.

My brother, who I love very much, has a thing that he’s trying to work on, where if something falls out of his sandwich and onto his plate (not even onto the ground or the table…) he cannot eat it.  If the ENTIRE contents of his sandwich hit the plate, it’s dead to him, no questions asked.  As I just stated, I think this is something that he’s working on, but it’s a real thing.

How are you about your sandwiches?  Are they merely a simple food for you, or do you get quirky about placement of meat, type of cheese, “lubrication”, etc.?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2010 2:40 pm

    I take this subject seriously as well. I also do not like a lot of meat and usually take out about half the meat in the sandwich. I mean, who wants to bite into 3 inches of dried out turkey? I do love toasted sandwiches and I like when the mayo gets a little warm. Hot lettuce? eh, I can live with it. Truth be told, I think a lot of this comes back to how your mom made sandwiches when you were a kid. It’s hard to get away from that.

  2. Christian Kocinski permalink
    May 21, 2010 2:58 pm

    That sandwich looks like it was made from a hamburger bun.

  3. May 21, 2010 9:33 pm

    I’m okay with regular sandwiches, but I love a warm sandwich. I like to put my ham&cheese or turkey&cheese sandwich on the George Foreman to make it hot so the cheese gets all melted and delicious. I agree that lettuce must be cold, although spinach will work heated up. And I don’t like a ton of meat either. I prefer just a hint of sauce, usually mayo, no butter, no mustard.

  4. Carrie permalink
    May 25, 2010 4:23 pm

    I think that sandwhich looks YUMMY! I have never made a sandwhich on panini bread… hmmmmm, may be something to add to my grocery list this week 🙂

    I agree lettuce is not something that should be eaten warm! DQ always puts lettuce on their fish sandwhiches and it is always soggy and nasty because it is warm.

    I prefer my sandwhich light on the meat 😉

  5. MomVicky permalink
    May 26, 2010 5:50 pm

    Well, my comment to your sandwich discussion is that a sandwich must be made with LOVE. If you slap a sandwich together that’s pretty much what it will end up tasting like, but if you carefully make a sandwich with LOVE and think about the person who will be eating the sandwich then the sandwich will taste “extraordinary”. In my opinion, no two sandwiches should be alike. Again, you have to think about the person who will be eating a sandwich to know how to fill it. Butter, yes, is essential in a Wisconsin sandwich! I probably should have kept tract of how many sandwiches I made for you and Christian and Cecilia over time, but however many I made, I think I would qualify to be called a “sandwich artist” (just like Subway)!

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