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.