Friday 8 May 2009

If you had to...

Sandwiches are probably my favourite food group. This If you had to… is dedicated to the glory of the sandwich, which is one of the best things there is to go with a beer.

For me, a sandwich works for any meal, at any time. This is a trait that it shares with bowls of cereal and slices of cheese on toast; they are all any time foods. Sandwiches can be savoury or sweet, hot or cold. They are the perfect use for anything leftover. In fact, there are few things which can’t be made into a sandwich. Seriously, think of anything and then think of it in between two slices of bread… it just kinda works universally.

But, If you had to... choose only one sandwich to eat for the rest of your days then what would it be?

You can have any sandwich you like and you can have unlimited quantities of it, but you can only choose one.


  1. I’m torn between a few… chip butties are hard to overlook, sausage (good hot or cold), peanut butter and jam (that's the picture btw - and if you've never had one with a beer then you must, it's amazing with a strong porter or stout), or a simple cheese and chutney. But ultimately, it comes down to whether or not I could live without ever having a fish finger sandwich again.

    And I couldn’t.

    So fish finger gets my vote. Ketchup is my condiment of choice and it’ll be on fresh, crusty white bread. Oh yeah…

    What about you?

  2. Bacon sandwich - the only reason I could never be completely veggie.

  3. Bacon, sausage and fried egg. With brown sauce.

    You didn't put a cap on number of fillings!

  4. I know you said only one but....

    Streaky bacon fried until really crispy, freshly chopped iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced avocado and a big ripe tomato thickly sliced. On granary bread with mayonnaise.

    Or possibly

    Bacon, fried egg and black pudding on white bloomer.

  5. does a burger count as a sandwich?

  6. You can't go wrong with chicken schnitzel with Australian style mayo, sweetchilli sauce, iceburg lettuce and mature cheddure on Turkish bread and then toast in a sandwich press. Pure heaven and goes well with Australian lager or psuedo-bitters such as James Squire Amber Ale.

  7. Man I'm getting hungry reading these, especially Tim's (an image change again mate?! Little more handsome this time...) and Pete's first one.

    There's a lot of bacon love as well. I can't remember the last time I even had a bacon sarnie! That's kinda wrong in itself.

    Pete, you can only have one!

    BA, a burger sandwich or a burger burger?! I think a burger just about counts but it's a question all of its own!

    Tim, what's Australian-style mayo like?

  8. Alright, if pushed it has to be the bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato. But I admit that only under duress.

    In answer to this I have written a blog about my favorite snack, it sadly can't be counted as a sandwich as it only involves one slice of bread.

    Also Mark, here is some sandwich pornography for you:


  9. bacon, chicken, tomato, mayo, avocado...
    chicken and chorizo
    cheese and chorizo
    sausage and egg
    mashed potato and sausages

    I think the first one...

    unless I'm allowed a burger with beetroot and fried egg!

  10. Peanut Butter and Jalapeno sandwich.

  11. Breakfast Stick.

    peanut butter and jam.

    either, anytime.

  12. Pete, I saw that site a few days ago, the sarnies look AMAZING on there!

    Good to see peanut butter getting some attention. I'm working on a few peanut butter recipe ideas - I love the stuff. PB and jalapeno Wurst, like it!

    I forgot another fave - xmas dinner leftover sandwich. Turkey, cold roast potato, stuffing, pigs in blankets, maybe some gravy. Wicked.

    I am totally having a fish finger sandwich for dinner tonight before the pub!

    Here's to the sandwich!

  13. Did you see the link on by any chance?

    My ultimate peanut butter related sandwich contains:Sliced chicken breast, peanut butter, sweet chili sauce and lettuce. It is like eating a chicken satay in sandwich form!

    I'm thinking i'm going to need something a bit more substantial than a sarnie for dinner before the pub tonight. I think we are planning on a bit of a session!

  14. Oh yes Pete, I am totally with you there! I went through a 'Mens Health' period a few years ago and I ate so many chicken, cashew nut butter, sweet chilli and rocket sandwiches or pittas! That is one fine snack indeed.

    I've also now decided to have a peanut butter and jam sandwich before I go out. I would be wrong not to now.

  15. Bacon has to be in there somewhere. When I worked in Brum at an electrical contractor, there was a place round the corner that did an avocado cream cheese with bacon sandwhich, usually in a ciabatta, which was fantastic. I also have a soft spot for the venerable M&S prawn sandwich, but with a lack of bacon, I would have to go for the former.

  16. Aussie Mayo tastes similar to salad cream, but its white and slightly runnier. Its like regulkar mayo but runnier and tart. They must use more vinegar

  17. I'm having Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam egg, Spam, Spam, Spam, sausage, bacon and Spam.

    But only because (the increasingly hansome) Tim pinched mine almost to the letter! I home make the chook schnitzel - thigh meat for flavour, not breast - with lettuce so cold and crisp you can snap it, sweet chiili sauce and good mature tasty. I haven't tried 'Euro Mayo' (?) but will definitely echo Tim's sentimets on the Aussie stuff. Just to be different I'll put mine on a crusty thick cob loaf or Pane Di Casa.

    With beer.

    Prof. Pilsner

  18. Cor, Prof. that's a goodun'! And the chicken schnitzel doesn't sound bad either!

    I'm intrigued now by the difference between Aussie mayo and English mayo?!

  19. There is quite a difference in mayos between the UK and Europe as well - Hellman's over here is a very different beast to that sold in the UK, and I would say it is better as well.

  20. This is all very interesting. And there was me thinking that mayo was mayo, and mayo is Hellman's! It seems there is a world of the stuff. If I liked more than a teeny amount every now and again then I'd investigate some more...