12.6.08

Cheese and mayonaise?


I feel strongly about sandwiches. I love them, but most of all I hate to see them badly treated. A bad sanwich is an insult. Pies, soups, sauces- they can be tricky. Anyone might be distracted at a critical moment and overcook pasta, or burn a sausage. But to make a bad sandwich requires truly obscene sloppiness. You don´t even need great ingredients for a great sandwich. A colection of packets and jars from the dingiest corner shop will have you more than ready to play.

I have been raised in a sandwich loving family. Each one of us has our different take on the things, but we all acknowledge that my sister Gadea is The One. She can turn the least promising heap of ingredients into a tower of beauty. Never mind that the chicken was dry, the lettuce limp, the tomato a sorry January specimen. Put it in her hands and it´s instant couture.

My only quibble with her was our cheese/mayonaise-tomato/butter argument. I have always held that a sandwich that holds cheese should never have mayonaise, and that tomato and butter have no place together under a bread blanket. She disagreed.

And you know what? After years and years, yesterday I skipped my rule, tried it her way, and o my. We were so happy with our sandwich that we watched the entire Switzerland-Turkey football match, and really, that takes a lot of blissed out unconsciousness.

Surprisingly good Chicken Sandwich

Heat up the panini grill.
Shred the chicken (roast, boiled, whatever you have), mix it with mayonaise.
Slice some cheese that melts well. I had semi-cured manchego.
Fill two slices of wholemeal plastic bread, crusts off, with chicken mix. Top with cheese slices and grill.
Meanwhile, thinly slice a tomato and some good sweet-sour gherkins.
Once the sandwich is toasted, open it (careful with those fingers, you know it will be hot). Try to ignore the rather disgusting way it looks, with all that melted cheese and mayo goo.
Overlap the tomato slices, salt them slightly, arrange the pickles, and top again.

Bliss. Utter and complete. We also had chips from a bag and some cucumber mint raita on the side, just for kicks.

39 comentarios:

Guru dijo...

¡Estoy salivando!

xps dijo...

no de bí leerlo. acabo de tomar la sopa.

kickpleat dijo...

i'm a stickler with sandwiches and this one sounds delicious!

Dani dijo...

Totally agree with your sister. Cheese and mayonnaise in the same sandwich is rarely wrong. Another blissful sandwich is fresh baked bread, butter, slices of perfectly ripe, seasonal tomato sprinkled with freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt flakes. Simple and oh so satisfying.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe dijo...

Congrats on your 'Blog of Note' from Blogger!
Well deserved!! Now our secret is out.

Ron Eklof dijo...

This is fun. Glad you are a 'Blog of Note'. Hmmm, think I'll go make a sandwich.
Ron

Caroline online dijo...

How funny to read this the day after I had a provolone cheese/tomato/mayo sandwich for lunch :)

daringtexan dijo...

My grandmother used to make the best club sandwiches by toasting the bread and buttering the slices, before adding the mayonnaise. She did that for all her sandwiches. That's why I prefer toasted, buttered buns for my burgers. Buttering keeps the bread from becoming soggy when you add something juicy, like pickles or tomatoes.
A great substitute for butter, for those careful about fats and cholesterol, olive oil! Man, hoagies just go to the next level!

Ruxandra dijo...

Nice blog you got here...Keep up the good work!

LiteralDan dijo...

I have to take issue with your sister being anointed The One-- perhaps we shall have to have some sort of Death By Sandwich contest to determine who is truly The One, her or me.

Seriamente, aunque, cada persona quien se ame los emparedados tanto como esto es bien por mi. Congratulations on being a Blog of Note!

dinu dijo...

What's the best food to gain more weight ?

I am in India BTW, please suggest some food

k & k dijo...

Love the blog--thanks blogger for showing us the way to this address! I can't bring myself to do mayo but otherwise it sounds great!

Devin J. Garman dijo...

This sounds great! I just wish I had a panini press. I have to make do with my toaster oven.

R2K dijo...

: )

Rodrigo dijo...

huuuuum.

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James Martinez dijo...

Great blog! Lightened things up.

Time to go make a sandwich!

Maria dijo...

Ah, now I'm hungry! ;)

Juan dijo...

tu pajina gustarme muchio

Chib3h dijo...

^^ I totally agree with your sister!XD

Duane Reade dijo...

Your site is awesome. I wish I could express myself in English the way you do. And I love the drawings! Thanks!

K.C. dijo...

OH yeah! WIll be eating me some of the sammich tomorrow. I love this post. You are hilarious.. Smiled the whole way through it! Kayce

Wise Owl dijo...

Your blog sounds delicious!:)Thank you for sharing this info with us.

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Anónimo dijo...

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Jess (aka LittleBunny) dijo...

i definitely agree, there is nothing worse than a bad sandwich.
the one mentioned sounds delicious though!

lobstersquad dijo...

Everybody, thanks so much! I´m so happy to have been on blogs of note, and to have had all of you around.

Chazz dijo...
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101er dijo...

what a statement chazz!

I like grapes in my sandwiches...

Si's blog dijo...

Sandwiches deserve better than mayonaisse. Mayo belongs in egg and chicken salad. Butter on sandwiches. Here is a sandwich: http://sinannblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/toasty-cheese.html

16 Dollar Beats dijo...

Making one of these sandwiches right now.lol
Im a stickler for a good chicken sandwich and the chicken salad in a can just doesnt seem to cut it anymore!!

Me dijo...

So you might just hate my grilled cheese with tomato sandwich.

I put mayo on both pieces of bread, then assemble the sandwich with the cheese in the middle. Then I butter both sides and fry it up. After it's finished, I pull it apart and stick a really thick tomato slice in the middle of all that gooey cheese (some times, some crispy bacon has fallen in there before all the melting took place). Yumm-ee!

Jennifer dijo...

Love the blog, love the drawings. I don't understand why you wouldn't think cheese and mayo go together. They are two ingredients that are meant for each other. Melted all together in a grilled cheese sandwich...Pure comfort bliss!

p.s. dijo...

we love this drawing!

thanks for putting a smile on our face today...

besos.

elizabeth dijo...

the sandwich sounds good but I am utterly in love with your illustration.

Beats for sale dijo...

Haha.. sandwiches.
I would have to say my fav in the a.m. is egg,cheese, peanut butter, and jelly on toast.. and my afternoon delight is peanut butter and bacon..
Love a good sandwich!

Anónimo dijo...

Thank you very much for it!

Anónimo dijo...

Rather nice blog you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to this matter. BTW, why don't you change design :).

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