Hey, folks—Thanksgiving is almost here! And you know what that means! Yeah, yeah, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all that … but everybody knows the best part of Thanksgiving is leftovers!
As a lover of sandwiches, especially complicated sandwiches, I love leftovers, because they give you the opportunity to create something new out of something old. It’s kind of like rap music—creating a new song through sampling parts of older songs!
However, there are pitfalls to this approach. Case in point—this “Thanksgiving Dinner” sandwich:
Yuck! There’s a difference between a complicated sandwich and a chaotic sandwich! Complicated sandwiches are sophisticated—they have a lot of ingredients, but everything goes together, either complementing or contrasting something else. It’s a work of art in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Just throwing a bunch of things into a sandwich does not make a complicated sandwich. It’s just a lot of parts that don’t make a unified whole.
You’re probably thinking, but Herb, those are all things you’d have on your plate together at Thanksgiving dinner! True, but just because things go together on a plate doesn’t mean you’d put them together in a sandwich. Why do you think certain restaurants give you the option of ordering plates or sandwiches?
My point is this: when you just throw ingredients together willy-nilly, you’re ignoring the artistry of the complicated sandwich. I’m all for experimentation and innovation, but it has to lead to deliciousness. The sandwich above will lead only to disgust and probably diarrhea.
Instead of throwing all your leftovers together into one sandwich, I would suggest using each one as the basis for a new sandwich that incorporates other things. For example, you could make a turkey sandwich with cheese, mustard and fresh vegetables—or you could chop up the turkey and make turkey salad! The cranberry sauce could become the basis of a tangy spread that you could use on just about anything! And the stuffing … well, I’m not sure what to do with the stuffing, but you get the idea. Before long, your leftovers will have multiplied into numerous delicious treats, instead of one disgusting mess!
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! And remember, a complicated sandwich is a work of art, not a dumping ground.