Friday, January 30, 2009

The Weirdest (Best) Sandwich Ever

Sandwich making is an art. You need to be careful in considering you choice of fillings, the correct balance of condiments, proper elements of crunch. All of which could summarily fall flat if placed on the wrong bread. See, it's an art. A complex, yet delicious art.

On Wednesday night, I made soup. When we eat soup, we like to have "a spread." The bowls of soup, a cutting board with some bread and cheese, butter, and various pickled things in jars. On Wednesday, one of the pickled things was beets. And I decided I wanted to try buttered bread with pickled beets on it.

And now I'm about to lose you all, because I'm about to declare that a pickled beets and butter sandwich is the most delicious thing ever! Seriously. There's the slippery, spicy, juicy beets, the sweetness of the butter. The bread must be whole wheat, dense, and moist, preferably with some oats in there as well. The beets should be juicy, but not so much that they sodden the bread. And the butter should be applied zealously, in thick, creamy drifts. It's a masterpiece, a gustatorial delight.

Say what you will about beets. This is the best sandwich ever.


Anonymous said...

Beets are great. Try them baked, with a bit of oil, S&P.

My grandmother (C's great-grand) would make a sandwich of fresh rye bread, butter & sliced radish. The spicy radish & creamy cool butter made a simple yet tasty combo.

MadSilence to&w

Kristina said...

Thanks for your comment. I've heard several places about radish and butter sandwiches-- I'm intrigued.

Beets are one of my favorite vegetables, hands-down. So many people hate them. What's not to love?

karenjane said...

ooh, that sounds good/wierd, im deffinately going to try one!!

Kristina said...

Karenjane, you are a courageous soul indeed. This is not one for the faint-hearted. This makes it no less delicious and wonderful. Thanks for reading!

ChristyACB said...

I too adore beets but never knew I did until I started growing them myself. I'm going to try your sandwich with the very next jar of pickled beets I open.

Kristina said...

Thanks for your comment! Beets are truly tasty vegetables, aren't they? All the better pickled. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Dude, I discovered (the hard way) that beets are a common hamburger embellishment in Australia. Who woulda thought it! It's definitely an interesting combination, although I really prefer a nice slice of tomato and crispy Kosher dills instead.
~MS the Younger =P

Kristina said...

Beets on hamburgers? Wowza. To be expecting tomato and get beet instead must be an interesting experience.

Steph said...

"The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious."
Tom Robbins

Kristina said...

Ahhh, yes. Good old Tom Robbins. That's from Jitterbug Perfume, isn't it?

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