Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Top 5 Tuesday (Or, It Has Come To This: Sandwich Blogging.)

In lieu of actual content, I proudly present the Top 5 Greatest Sandwiches of All Time. Because I like thinking about food.

Honorable Mention: The Fluffernutter - Peanut butter & marshmallow fluff, while incredibly tasty, isn't really much in the way of a sandwich. It's more like a candy bar on bread. And that's good, don't get me wrong. It's just more of a snack than a real meal.

5. PB & J - The classic. You love it. I love it. God loves it, I bet. Europeans seem to hate it, though. Go figure. So simple, so perfect. It bottoms out the list, though, because let's face it: you bring one of these to school nearly every day for years and years, and it's a little easy to get burnt out on it. But in the end, you always go back. You just can't turn away forever.

4. The sub/grinder/hoagie/Italian sandwich/fill-in-your-regional-name-variation-here: As many ways to prepare it as there are names for it, most of them damn fine. For me, though, every good Italian (as we called 'em back in Maine) needs the following: a salty pork-based meat (I prefer salami), cheese (your choice), onions, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, and an olive oil and vinegar dressing. You really don't need any more than that. Obviously, your mileage may vary. And with this sammich, that's not a problem.

3. The Thanksgiving sandwich - Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, maybe a little gravy if it's handy. It's an amazing combination. You can sometimes find a restaurant that'll make a decent one (a place down the street from us makes a damn fine Thanksgiving sandwich), but the best one you'll ever have is the one you make later on Thanksgiving night from the day's leftovers.

2. The grilled cheese - Nothing beats a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold day, my friends. Some people add a bowl of tomato soup on the side, but I've never been a fan of that. Butternut squash soup, though, works amazingly well for whatever reason. And Funyuns. Can't go wrong with Funyuns. Maybe different cheeses play better with different soups and/or crunchy snacks, though. There's no hard data to support any sort of conclusion here. Science has let us down in this particular regard, so you'll have to do the experimentation yourself. I don't think you're going to mind so much, though, because hey, grilled cheese.

1. Three letters: BLT - Well, bacon is always a good thing. Tomatoes are pretty tasty, especially when in season. Lettuce brings a nice crunch to the party. And mayonnaise keeps the whole thing from falling apart (though, admittedly, is optional). Honestly, it's kind of perfect. The only real question here is whether to toast the bread or not. I spend a lot of time thinking about BLTs, and they're moments well spent, each and every one. And I'm sure I'm not alone in this regard:


See? BLTs distract Patricia, too! (Sorry... couldn't help myself.)
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