Smoked turkey, hot pastrami or the classic P.B. & J.? Spicy mayo, a drizzle of olive oil or pickled peppers? Sharp Cheddar, pepper jack or Gruyere? Toasted rye, sliced focaccia or a sesame-seed bun?
There are an infinite number of ways to make a sandwich. What’s your favorite?
In “Build a Better Sandwich,” Jeff Gordinier writes:
It is one of life’s nagging mysteries: Why is a sandwich you order at a restaurant so invariably and intensely better than a sandwich you make at home?
Is there some immense secret realm of sandwich-master knowledge that mere mortals have no access to? Why do you find yourself in the kitchen, pressed for time, bereft of inspiration, staring slack-jawed into the refrigerator and succumbing to yet another bland slapped-together calorie blast of cold turkey and mealy tomatoes on supermarket white? With every bite, you taste only regret.
To remedy that, we fanned out across New York City, where plenty of chefs (and butchers and bakers) are applying their deep-tissue understanding of flavor, texture and technique to the task of converting every sandwich into a midday marvel.
Fair warning: Making a better sandwich means avoiding the shortcuts. “People see a sandwich as so casual, so last minute,” said Gil Calderon, the chef and general manager of Meat Hook Sandwich and a man who gets swept up in very serious discussions of “textural play” and “temperature contrast.” “The best sandwiches are the ones that have a little more time devoted to them.”
— What’s your favorite sandwich? What are the ingredients? Is there any extra care required to get the sandwich just right? Is the sandwich something you make at home, or do you order it from a particular restaurant? (You may choose to write on a hamburger, if you want.)
— Do you have a simple go-to sandwich — something you put together quickly when you’re in a rush or have a craving?
One-two paragraphs. Must have creative lead sentence and concluding sentence. Reminder: Add those descriptive adjectives and adverbs!
(Courtesy of the NY Times Learning Network)