It’s a silly question that was first posed in a random Facebook post by my friend @sharonhorowitz. A few months back, The Carnegie Deli named a sandwich after Carmello Anthony . Sharon simply asked:
“If you were to have a sandwich named after you, what would be in it?”
This is a deceivingly hard question. I can quickly tell you about my most favorite dish ever (a pasta eaten in Florence during white truffle season) or what the one food I would choose if I had to eat it exclusively for the rest of my life (pizza), but this one took some serious thought. What sandwich encapsulates who I am? For a bit of added pressure, Sharon totally nailed her sandwich. If you can’t read it, click the above image to zoom in.
After months of pondering, I think I have come up with the sandwich that perfectly sums up who I am. Unfortunately it’s already called something….. (drumroll)……….
The Cuban Sandwich
Some people call it “The Mixto”, or the Cuban Press. The ingredients are always debated, but the version that sums me up is the traditional kind. You HAVE TO start with with Cuban bread. Custy on the outside but soft on the inside. The bread needs to be lightly buttered on the crust. A coat of yellow mustard is spread on the bread. Then comes the inside; slow roasted pork, slices of ham, Swiss cheese, and thinly-sliced pickles. Throw it all in to a sandwich press until the cheese melts and the outside gets brown and toasty, and you’re done.
Lets dissect this, shall we? Crusty exterior, but soft on the inside… non-pretentious (yellow mustard!)… 2 types of piggy… a little cheesy…mostly salty, but a little bit of sweetness (just enough, in my opinion). Yup, that’s me.
So, here’s some homework for you.
“If you were to have a sandwich named after you, what would it be?”
Please show your work.