Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Why Wasn't I Told?

Damn, damn, damn, I just found out that August is National Sandwich Month. You read that right, National Sandwich Month. Hell, if I'd a known, I'd a jumped on this bandwagon, rather than going quite a few days without consuming any sandwiches at all.

Luckily, my go-to cookbook in the summer is Claudia Roden's Book of Middle Eastern Food, with it's plethora of no-cook dishes. I consume a lot of hummus, tahini with yogurt, and tahini pureed with canned fish, and if I'm ambitious enough to fire up the grill, baba ghanouj (it tastes best when the eggplant is charred over an open flame). Needless to say, I've eaten a lot of pita sandwiches this month. I've been meaning to make falafel, and I even have dried chickpeas and shelled fava beans on hand- I'm just too lazy to grind the bejesus out of them lately.

That being said, I have to step up my sandwich consumption in order to catch up. Luckily, I live near a lot of fine Italian delis, so capocollo and provolone sandwiches with roasted red peppers will be in my near future. Another go-to sandwich for me is roast pork and broccoli rabe or spinach with provolone. Of course, Cuban sandwiches and Bánh mì are certainly affordable delicacies, perfect for National Sandwich Month.

I remember once, as a somewhat appalling experiment, I made a "combo platter sandwich", putting a mozzarella stick, a jalapeño popper, and a chicken finger (chicken fingers got no bones!) on a sliced baguette and slathered it with hot sauce and bleu cheese dressing. It was a glorious horror, and I never have to do it again.

Yeah, I have to make up for my failure to celebrate National Sandwich Month, so I'll have to eat some ridiculously large sammiches in order to make up for this oversight.

12 comments:

Substance McGravitas said...

Luckily, I live near a lot of fine Italian delis, so capocollo and provolone sandwiches with roasted red peppers will be in my near future.

There's an Italian sandwich place a short walk from my doorstep BUT IT IS NOT ONE.

Very disappointing. On the other hand new Viet place opened up. And the Mexican torta place is really good.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Every month is sandwich month for moi.
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Vixen Strangely said...

This is entirely a new one on me. I live in the birthplace of Liberty, the Constitution, hoagies, and cheesesteaks, so you think I'd have heard of Sandwich month before it was halfway through. I may slip out to a chain restaurant and snag a Montecristo (nevermind the Calorie Count of Montecristo.)

Sirius Lunacy said...

To help you with your travel plans for Sandwich month. Although I'm not sure you'd want to stay a whole month.

Sirius Lunacy said...

Oh, and I reccomend The Blazing Donkey. Which is Ham actually.

Laura said...

Yum! Yum! Yum! All of your sandwiches (with the exception of the chicken finger one) sound delish!
Of course I approve of the Italian ones the most. ;) If you lived closer, I'd make you one of the capocollo, roasted pepper, cheese sandwiches myself!

Happy eating!

((Hugs))
Laura

vacuumslayer said...

I still have not had Bahn Mi yet, and that is sooooooooooooo up my alley. I may just break down and make my own version.

Two things I think you should know about, Mr. Sammich King of Brooklyn (or is it Queens?J). This guy, a realsammich king and this lucky bastard.

vacuumslayer said...

With the addition of a few pronouns, my post actually does make sense, promise.

fish said...

Bahn mi is the greatest thing since, um, sliced bread.

M. Bouffant said...

It being rather warm, & me being sick & tired of eating, breathing & other pathetically mundane activities, I've stocked up on peanut butter & delicious 24 oz./US88¢ white bread.

Also have grape jelly for variety.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

There's an Italian sandwich place a short walk from my doorstep BUT IT IS NOT ONE.

That's a crying shame- it doesn't get better than a good Italian deli, so you've been robbed!

Every month is sandwich month for moi.

You're a wise man, Thunder.

I live in the birthplace of Liberty, the Constitution, hoagies, and cheesesteaks, so you think I'd have heard of Sandwich month before it was halfway through

My favorite Philly sandwich was the tripe sandwich in the hole in the wall place in the Italian market. The roast pork and greens sandwich is also excellent. The cheesesteaks? MEH...

To help you with your travel plans for Sandwich month. Although I'm not sure you'd want to stay a whole month.

Those white cliffs are cool.

Oh, and I reccomend The Blazing Donkey. Which is Ham actually.

Too bad, I like a nice bistecca di cavallo now and again.

I still have not had Bahn Mi yet, and that is sooooooooooooo up my alley. I may just break down and make my own version.

WHAT?!?!? I thought they were plentiful in Northern Virginia. If you ever visit NYC, I'll take you guys to my favorite place in Chinatown.

Bahn mi is the greatest thing since, um, sliced bread.

Oh, yeah, they are one of the wonders of the sandwich world.

I've stocked up on peanut butter & delicious 24 oz./US88¢ white bread.

Also have grape jelly for variety.


I've got a bunch of wild raspberry and raspberry/mulberry jam.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Of course I approve of the Italian ones the most. ;) If you lived closer, I'd make you one of the capocollo, roasted pepper, cheese sandwiches myself!

I'd totally bring over a bottle of homemade limoncello if you're making the sandwiches.