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Sandwich Mondays! For the past year, the Wait Wait... Don't Blog Me! team at NPR has been blogging about a different sandwich every Monday. Some highlights include the most expensive burger in the world, the Kevin Butler (a "nonfictional sandwich from a fictional person"), , Paula Deen's favorite burger (it is even more impressive than you expect), and quite possibly the first sandwich ever made. And, from the Golden Arches, the McGangBang McRedacted, the classic McRib, and the Mc10:35 (possible only during the magical moment when breakfast and lunch menus are available at the same time).
posted by blahblahblah (59 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
And I forgot to include my favorite quote from the series: "In America, the streets are lined with gold and the sandwiches are made with sandwiches!"
posted by blahblahblah at 1:46 PM on March 30, 2011


"Mike: The KFC Double Down is to Barry Bonds in 1987 as the Kevin Butler is to Barry Bonds in 2005."
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 1:52 PM on March 30, 2011


"It's like someone made some bacon, felt bad about it, and tried to put the pig back together."

(I'm not seeing any posts in that first archive link, btw.)
posted by brundlefly at 2:05 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


boo: Hey, look at this (the $777 burger URL).
boo's wife: that's a pretty ugly ceiling for a place charging $777 for an entree. though I guess it comes with fries. still, ugly ceiling
boo: AND A BOTTLE OF DOM PERIGNON
boo's wife: You can supersize it for only $333 more
boo: oh that's good, I'm stealing that
boo's wife: HERE IS YOUR BARREL OF CHAMPAGNE
boo: YOU CAN UPSIZE TO A MAGNUM FOR ONLY $100, SIR
boo's wife: The value menu is only $100 an item. you can get a jr lobster cheeseburger off it.
posted by boo_radley at 2:07 PM on March 30, 2011 [14 favorites]


Yeah, that's great.

Now how about covering some hard news, rather than this self-congratulatory cookie-pushing, parlour pink ephemera, NPR?

Never mind, I'll just watch Al Jezeera and you can become more and more irrelevant.

Oh, and this business where one correspondent starts a sentence...
and another correspondent, often of a different
race and gender, alternates
completing the sentence for
no good reason? With
the breaks intentionally
not at phrase boundaries
for added edgy frisson?

Yeah, that's annoying as fuck.
posted by orthogonality at 2:08 PM on March 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


The Mickey D's secret menu reminded me of the silly McDonald that was between home and work. You could get what I termed the "Poor Man's Big Mac." Double cheeseburger, with Mac sauce, add lettuce, no ketchup, no mustard. They would charge me: $1.00.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 2:08 PM on March 30, 2011


brundlefly: the archive link is correct, but has been behaving erratically since I posted it, though the direct links are fine. You can try the RSS feed.

Also, "In the Garden of Eden, God made Eve out of Adam's rib. Then he made Grimace out of a McRib."
posted by blahblahblah at 2:09 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


God what kind of people would eat the sandwich that brundlefly's link mentions.

Oh, um, yeah...
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:09 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


From the Paula Deen audio link, "[Paula's husband] Michael is sitting at the table, guess what he's eating?"

"What?"

"NUTRISYSTEM!"
posted by xingcat at 2:09 PM on March 30, 2011


The all-mighty shooter's sandwich.
posted by atrazine at 2:10 PM on March 30, 2011 [10 favorites]


Now how about covering some hard news, rather than this self-congratulatory cookie-pushing, parlour pink ephemera, NPR?

It's a zero-sum game now, is it? Well, FUCK YOU THEN, THEATRE SECTION OF THE NEW YORK TIMES.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 2:11 PM on March 30, 2011 [25 favorites]


Now how about covering some hard news, rather than this self-congratulatory cookie-pushing, parlour pink ephemera, NPR?

Who knew an entire news organization could only do one thing at a time?

(There are legitimate reasons to dislike NPR's reporting, but the fact that they also talk about ephemera is not one of them.)
posted by kmz at 2:12 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


orthogonality: "Now how about covering some hard news, rather than this self-congratulatory cookie-pushing, parlour pink ephemera, NPR?"

Dang. Who spat in your socks? This is Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. A comedy show.
posted by brundlefly at 2:13 PM on March 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


Best sandwich city in the US? Philly, of course.
posted by fixedgear at 2:13 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Now how about covering some hard news, rather than this self-congratulatory cookie-pushing, parlour pink ephemera, NPR?

This is the companion blog for "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me." So it's providing a valuable service: giving 50+ upper-middle-class white liberals something to pretend to laugh at with their spouse.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:14 PM on March 30, 2011 [9 favorites]



Now how about covering some hard news, rather than this self-congratulatory cookie-pushing, parlour pink ephemera, NPR?

Never mind, I'll just watch Al Jezeera and you can become more and more irrelevant.


I commend your powers of observation. Here is a link that may be of interest to you.
posted by Diablevert at 2:17 PM on March 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


Yeah, I hesitated on "epohemera'; news by definition is transitory. But hard news gets looked up by future readers; this crap won't.

I just feel that the precious, twee BS is pushing out the hard news. There are only so many broadcast hours a day, only so many contributors to public radio.
posted by orthogonality at 2:18 PM on March 30, 2011


So the Mcdonald's secret menu is you bug the guy behund the counter, order two sandwiches and put them together?

I've had, as the article tactfully puts it, a McRedacted, I am a huge fan of both the double cheesebuger and the McChicken so it is a no brainer.

I've ordered a Double Down, but somehow never managed to actually get one, they gave me somebody elses order.

Sandwiches really are a metaphor fo existence, there is an infinite combinations of experiences to be had. Each day, and sandwich is different. One day can be subtle, almost relaxing, a prosciuto and fresh mozzerella on a baguette. The next day a ham, salami & ham cappicola, mortadella, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, roasted peppers & italian dressing on fresh baked semolina bread. Maybe the next is a McGriddle. Who knows, infinite variety.

My life goal is to open a shop in manhattan where I can get Beef on Weck, Italian Beef, and the half Italian/half American 6 footers of my youth by the slice!
posted by Ad hominem at 2:18 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Mmmm....shooter's sandwich. I've made them for 6 people and they all agreed they're fantastic. It's been a couple of months since I made one, though. Might have to remedy that soon.
posted by jedicus at 2:20 PM on March 30, 2011


So it's providing a valuable service: giving 50+ upper-middle-class white liberals something to pretend to laugh at with their spouse.

Come, come, sir. I am well under 50+, and sometimes genuinely chuckle at Wait, Wait. Though I prefer The News Quiz, because I'm also smug and pretentious, or as we Anglophiles prefer to say, an intolerable git.

But, to retrack the thread --- those were some fucked up sanwiches, and they're absolutely right about everything at McDonald's just tasting like McDonald's, after a while.
posted by Diablevert at 2:21 PM on March 30, 2011


My life goal is to open a shop in manhattan where I can get Beef on Weck, Italian Beef, and the half Italian/half American 6 footers of my youth by the slice!

I'm pretty sure trying to open an Italian Beef place in New York City will get you barred from entering both Chicago and NYC.
posted by kmz at 2:22 PM on March 30, 2011


I'm pretty sure trying to open an Italian Beef place in New York City will get you barred from entering both Chicago and NYC.

I heard there was an Italian Beef place somewhere in Jersey, but no luck finding it.

I am stuck trying to make my own Italian Beef at home, which is a sad sad imitation.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:24 PM on March 30, 2011


Mmmm....shooter's sandwich. I've made them for 6 people and they all agreed they're fantastic. It's been a couple of months since I made one, though. Might have to remedy that soon.

I have seen the immortal Jennifer Patterson make a shooter's sandwich, but I've never made the attempt myself. I must try and come up with some plausible reason to do it....do you not find that end tends to pop off?
posted by Diablevert at 2:24 PM on March 30, 2011


For my hard news I look to The Daily Show. Also: God-damn I love sandwiches. CROQUE MONSIEUR REPRAZENT
posted by everichon at 2:36 PM on March 30, 2011


Flipping through the Guardian UK's How to Make a Shooter's Sandwich slide-show is the first thing in many, many years that made me want to forgo my vegetarianism (I started to actually salivate at the photos). I sent the link to my Dad in the hopes that he'll at least make himself one...
posted by Auden at 2:39 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]




Flipping through the Guardian UK's How to Make a Shooter's Sandwich slide-show is the first thing in many, many years that made me want to forgo my vegetarianism (I started to actually salivate at the photos). I sent the link to my Dad in the hopes that he'll at least make himself one...


It might just be the quality photography, but I'm really intrigued. I actually don't tend to go for excess in my cooking, but that right there has my attention.

The rest of those links look like disgusting crap though, and I found it odd that they don't actually review the food that they're supposedly reviewing. Smart-asses make pop culture jokes while eating sandwiches!
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:44 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


"God what kind of people would eat the sandwich that brundlefly's link mentions."

There are some things you have to do to prove to yourself that you're alive. It would require a week or so of preparatory fasting, and afterwards a regimen of serious clot busting drugs, but I'd totally eat that thing. Bacon Bombs away!
posted by Kevin Street at 2:46 PM on March 30, 2011


do you not find that end tends to pop off?

No, we didn't have any trouble with that. Following the Guardian's recipe we used a more round loaf and sliced the top off rather than an end. That way the cut piece is pressed down into the sandwich during the compression phase. I recommend a bread that has a bit of structure and a fairly tight crumb but still compresses a bit.

As for the filling, I recommend a teaspoon or two of lemon juice added to the mushrooms as well as some parsley. That adds some brightness to the flavor and keeps it from getting too leaden with richness. Don't forget the marrow, though. Very tasty!

If you don't want to let the sandwiches compress for too many hours, I recommend putting a little meat tenderizer on the steaks for a few hours before you prepare the sandwiches. That way you get a nice, tender sandwich without having to let it sit out overnight.

I used ribeyes, since you want something that's got some marbling to it and so will have some unctuousness and good mouth feel even once it's reached room temperature. However, trim off any really egregious bits of fat before cooking.
posted by jedicus at 2:49 PM on March 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


I don't see the OMG of the bacon bomb [of course, I don't see how it falls under sandwich, either]. The description is vague, but it sounds exactly like how my mother makes meatloaf.
posted by ego at 2:51 PM on March 30, 2011


The bacon bomb's good! It's basically a peppery meatloaf. Dense as hell, though, so bring friends.
posted by Iridic at 2:52 PM on March 30, 2011


Yeah, from the picture it looks like dinner for four.
posted by Kevin Street at 2:53 PM on March 30, 2011


Pretty disappointing that there are so many entries for McDonalds, KFC, etc., really the bottom of the barrel in the food world. Do they not have any quality sandwich places nearby?
posted by indubitable at 2:57 PM on March 30, 2011


I love Sandwich Mondays. I am constantly hitting refresh while at work waiting for the update.

However, I'm a vegetarian (and a lazy vegan) so all the meat is a little off-putting. But not off-putting enough to keep me from reading.
posted by darksong at 2:58 PM on March 30, 2011


Mentioning the shooter's sandwich reminds me of the previous thread, and Ghidorah sandwich recipe within, among many fine sandwich suggestions.

And then I remember that I had cereal for lunch, and ponder what exactly has gone wrong with my life.
posted by rewil at 2:58 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


CHICKEN PATTIES ARE FOR CLOSERS.
posted by lalochezia at 2:59 PM on March 30, 2011


Reading all of those links in a row was like hearing an eloquent love song to America's fatness.
posted by crackingdes at 3:43 PM on March 30, 2011


Paula Deen's favorite burger is one of the most disgusting food combinations I've seen in a while. Truly gross.
posted by Splunge at 3:44 PM on March 30, 2011


For less.... absurd... sandwiches, the Serious Eats A Sandwich A Day column is pretty fun. It's really the only food blog I'm committed to reading regularly.
posted by crackingdes at 3:49 PM on March 30, 2011


I love sandwiches. So much. I think fondly about sandwiches past. I imagine new sandwiches whenever I walk down a grocery aisle. The closest I ever came to a religious epiphany was in Schwartz's. So understand that it pains me to say this: these people, they are blogging about terrible sandwiches.
posted by .kobayashi. at 3:57 PM on March 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


The shooter sandwich seems suspiciously like a Beef Wellington sans puff pastry served cold of course. I'm not sure I would ever make one myself but it seems like an interesting sandwich. I wonder if it would work better with something like a pumpernickel. The lack of cheese is also distressing.
posted by vuron at 4:35 PM on March 30, 2011


This clenches it! I'm buying a copy of Sandwiches You Will Like. And re-acquainting myself with Scanwiches. AND having my dinner between two pieces of bread.
posted by Prince_of_Cups at 4:38 PM on March 30, 2011


MetaFilter: The lack of cheese is also distressing.
posted by Splunge at 4:41 PM on March 30, 2011


I had grilled or toasted cheese sandwiches four days out of the previous seven.

It is a pure sandwich, unalloyed by needless frippery and risible silliness.
posted by ardgedee at 4:44 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Prince_of_Cups: "This clenches it!"

Another thing I'm stealing. It's a red letter day for me.
posted by boo_radley at 4:53 PM on March 30, 2011


Got alot of favorites, including but not limited to johny's Luncheonette, Milano Market, and the supposed inventor of the 6 foot hero Manganaro's Hero Boy but I would like to draw special attention to Sarge's Deli. Yes, New York has Katz's and Carnegie and the Roumanian steak sandwich at The Floridian is great. But I have dreams about the Turkey Favorite at Sarge's, which is a pile of fresh turkey smothered in gravy atop a perfect potato pancake (it is on the hot open sandwich menu). The chicken salad is way better than it has a right to be,the full sour pickles and coleslaw served with everything are incredible and the motzo ball soup isn't bad either.
posted by Ad hominem at 4:55 PM on March 30, 2011


The bacon bomb is *better* as a sandwich; lesser as a loaf, in my opinion. As a sandwich, it has cheese.
posted by crush-onastick at 4:55 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sandwiches: The greatest food on Earth, or simply grounds for eating delicious mustards?

Some would call those choices redundant.

I love you, sandwiches.
posted by JLovebomb at 5:03 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


the KFC Double Down just came to Australia. i'm tempted to try it out.

when i worked at a deli i used to make a roast beef, mustard, cheese and caper sandwich on croissant. so good
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:37 PM on March 30, 2011


So understand that it pains me to say this: these people, they are blogging about terrible sandwiches.

I believe that is a feature, not a bug. They eat those terrible concoctions so I don't have to (also, reading Sandwich Mondays is the favorite part of my Monday).

Prince_of_Cups I own both the DVD and the cookbook.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 6:02 PM on March 30, 2011


Feature or bug, it's surely an abomination.
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:27 PM on March 30, 2011


I love the McRib, no matter what anyone says. But you've got to get it without the onions and pickles or anything else that detracts from the Platonian McRibbyness of the whole.

The Sandwich sandwich also sounds pretty good, but it could do with some butter on the (17th century style brown) bread, and maybe roast beef instead of corned.
posted by Kevin Street at 6:43 PM on March 30, 2011


It's time someone mentioned the "Sinner's Sandwich" from the game Deadly Premonition.

Ingredients:
Turkey
Strawberry Jam
Cereal

It is crunchy and sweet and delicious and guaranteed to weird out onlookers.
posted by Proofs and Refutations at 7:12 PM on March 30, 2011


You can get one of those burger-on-donuts things at the bar around the corner from my house, and that place reeks of fried food. I've never experienced anything like it. The air itself is filthy.
posted by something something at 7:16 PM on March 30, 2011


The all-mighty shooter's sandwich.

Oh my Lord. I think I'm in love.
posted by TheShadowKnows at 8:28 PM on March 30, 2011


How did I live on this planet for so long and not be aware of the Shooter's Sandwich? I truly have been living underneath a rock.
posted by arcticseal at 5:16 AM on March 31, 2011


Metafilter: Unalloyed by Needless Frippery and Risible Silliness
posted by gauche at 6:19 AM on March 31, 2011


A bit late to the party, but: Tramezzini
posted by mumimor at 8:11 AM on March 31, 2011


The lack of cheese is also distressing.

Ahem.
posted by uncleozzy at 8:41 AM on March 31, 2011


Another mefite in awe of the Shooter's Sandwich. I really had no idea where it was going ("Oh, that's not going to fit...wait...sandwich mushroom steak cake?!").
posted by Gnatcho at 11:43 AM on March 31, 2011


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