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Is Everything Better in Sandwich Form?

Is Everything Better in Sandwich Form?

The use of the word sandwich, at least in an idiomatic sort of way, denotes this idea of limitations and or distinct parameters; As in, “Texas children are sandwiched between hunger and obesity.” On a more literal level, the idea of a sandwich is a sort of blank culinary canvas, or isle of creation, between two distinct borders (in this case the bread or bun) where any number of edibles can be thrown together to make a cohesive, and sometimes delicious, whole. We have seen a recent blurring of the lines recently with the standard border material (the breadstuff) falling away and making room for such creative interpretations as KFC’s Double Down, as well as the Krispy Kreme burger.

Now from UK supermarket giant Tesco comes the “Las-andwich” which is…wait for it…wait for it…your own personalized lasagna in sandwich form. This sandwich (or “sarnie” as the British like to call sandwiches) was inspired by the sort of act that should be relegated to post late night drinking binge behavior: eating cold lasagna with bread. Tesco’s Laura Fagan told the UK’s News of the World, “The inspiration comes from my own student days and how certain foods could sometimes taste much better the next day – such as pizza, lasagne and even curry.”

Essentially the Las-andwich is constructed with two thick slices of bread, a filling of diced beef in a tomato and herb sauce layered with cooked pasta sheets and finished with a cheddar, ricotta and mayonnaise dressing. No word yet on when the Las-andwich will float over stateside (right now it is only available at Tesco in the UK) but judging from the unceasing American hunger for all things sandwiched, it can’t be long until someone jumps on this concept before the hype completely dies.

While we all have great love for the simplicity and efficacy of the sandwich to deliver, in so many ways, is it always such a good thing to have everything in sandwich form? Sure, ice cream sandwiches can be thought of as a work of brilliance, but lasagna sandwiches? Does the world need a chocolate-dipped bacon-wrapped Double Down on a stick, as much as we may need something as simple as an avocado and cheese on toast? Feel free to weigh in.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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1:22PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

A Lasagna sandwich does NOT sound appealing.

Now, put that Lasagna on a plate with some garlic bread and a salad on the side, and we are talking some good stuff.

6:41PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

?

4:02AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Simple is best, salad sandwiches are much better than this hogwash

11:36PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

sitting at the lunch table one day....
me: "i have often thought the sandwich is the greatest invention of the western world."
my professor: "me too."
my friend: "what do you consider the greatest invention of the eastern world?"
me: "numbers, duh."

sorry for the vague relevance. it is late and i am so funny to myself right now!

12:04PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

thnx

1:13AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Now, if you wanted to make the meat mix w/o the pasta, you might be onto something, but, the actual lasagna between two pieces of bread? That's just as much of a diabetic nightmare as the Krispy Creme Burger.

I like to make a vegetarian or chicken curry, and spoon it into pocket pitas. Talk about good!

12:12AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

the lasagna sandwhich seems a little much, but I do like sandwhiches

9:40PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

A lasagna sandwich not quite my cup of tea, but I am sure it will appeal to many.

9:33AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

My British boyfriend does indeed think that everything is better in a sandwich and usually has two pieces of bread with every meal so that he can create them out of anything. I'm not convinced though and most prepacked sandwiches that I've come across in the UK are not at all my cup of tea, but then I'm not overly fond of butter, mayonnaise or raw onion and there usually isn't much of a vegetarian selection that doesn't contain at least one of those.

8:36AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

One word: gross

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