Friday, November 9, 2012

The Best Food Ever

I was asked several years ago what my favorite food was.  I love food, and have tons of favorites, but it occured to me that my favorite food is "sandwich."  You can call me a cheat if you want.  But the sandwich is a great invention.  There are limitless combinations of flavors and textures.  They can be very lowbrow and easy to come by, like pb and j or grilled cheese, or can be culinary masterpieces (even a grilled cheese can be elevated).  They can adapt for any meal, as in a biscuit with eggs and bacon or fried chicken.  Mostly they are good.  Here's a rundown of some of my favorite sandwiches.

Roast Pork
While I enjoy a cheesesteak from time to time, the roast pork with sharp provolone and greens (spinach or broccoli rabe) is the quintessential Philadelphia sandwich.  Between a Sarcone's bakery roll, the juicy and flavorful pork and tangy cheese makes for a working man's dinner.

Pulled Pork
North Carolina vinegar style, smoked for hours until it pulls apart.  A little slaw for crunch, a cheap burger bun and you're good to go.

Wawa Tuna Hoagie
I get it with oil, provolone, tomatoes, salt pepper oregano, and bacon.  I know Wawa's sandwich's have gone down a bit, and the rolls suck, but I still love this shorti.

My mother's family serves meatball sandwiches at almost every family gathering.  I like to make my own meatballs for pasta, but love a good store bought meatball parm.

Within the category "burger," you get another list of countless permutations.  Grilled over charcoal for a smoky flavor, cooked in a pan or griddle to keep in the fat, purchased at a fast food counter, or my favorite, a creative gastropub burger.  Take Royal Tavern's.  The meat is tasty and cooked to order, and topped with smoked gouda, bacon, and long hot peppers, with a special sauce and fries with aioli on the side, and you are in carnivore heaven.  I've made my own burger's occasionally, and it's quite rewarding to chop and blend differnt cuts of meat in such a way that results in America's most famous sandwich.  In and Out are the best of the fast food burgers. 

Old Fashioned Italian Hoagie
Smoked cured meats like soppressatta and cappa.  Sharp provolone, oil, onions, and a crusty roll.  It's an old man's sandwich.  And I'm a bit of an old man.

Chicken Italiano
A chicken cutlet, pounded and breaded, with roasted peppers, greens, sharp provolone, and again, a crusty seeded roll.

Jewish Deli
Corned Beef or Pastrami, mounded on rye.   Enough said.

Leftover turkey, stuffing, cranberry, etc.

Chick Fil A Chicken Sandwich
Regular or spicy.  I know the company's leadership is homophobic.  But I can't let this one go.  I have principles but I can be bought when it comes to flavor, quality, and value.

I could go on, but chime in with some of your own favorite sandwiches.