Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Two Mile High Sandwich with Godzilla Spread ~ Genoa Salami, Bologna, Roast Beef and Pepper Jack Cheese









     Towering Awesomeness!  
     Mile high sandwiches at deli style sandwich shops are not uncommon.  A two mile high sandwich?  Two mile high sandwiches fall into the realm of Saturday afternoon sandwich fanatics in their own homes.  
     After a hard week on the job, lazing on the couch is better when fewer trips to the fridge are made.  The bigger the sandwich, the more time can be spent watching sports on TV.  A big sandwich is the cure for being tired after a laborious work week.  Slather a towering sandwich with some Godzilla Spread and hunger is completely destroyed!

     Back in the 1960's when industrial work was still going strong, workers who had the weekend off wasted no time stocking up on beer, ordering pizzas or making huge sandwiches.  Weekends were spent watching horror movies on UHF channels and playing full contact football with no helmets or pads in the neighborhood park.  Industrial employees were big tough people who worked hard, played hard and ate big.  
     When watching TV or hanging out on the front porch, snacks and sandwiches were top choice.  Stacking food up to the ceiling was the cool thing to do back then.  Peanut butter on saltine crackers were a favorite snack to stack.  I remember neighbors hanging out on our front porch.  These folks brought boxes of saltines and jars of peanut butter back from the corner store.  Table knives were passed around and everybody started stacking peanut butter crackers up to the ceiling.  
     The rest of the afternoon was spent munching on peanut butter cracker and drinking soda out of a glass bottle while listening to a baseball game on AM radio.  People made the best of a hot summer afternoon back in those days.  

     Sandwiches were made the same way back in the heavy industry days.  Everybody seemed to make sandwiches that were so huge that they could not possibly fit in a person's mouth.  Making a towering multi-decker sandwich for a lazy afternoon of goofing off was a typical part of the weekend lifestyle.  
    A towering super tall sandwich sent a clear message of having no intention of getting anything done till the huge sandwich was finished off hours later.  Towering sandwiches brought a whole different meaning to someone saying "I'll get around to doing the chores, after I finish eating my sandwich!"

     College students also like huge sandwiches .  I currently am a full time student and when it is time to do a full day of research paper writing, interrupting the schoolwork for any reason is nothing more than a distraction.  The whole thought process can go right down the drain when hunger strikes.  
     Making a big sub sandwich before getting busy on the schoolwork is what many students do.  Creative students and those majoring in architecture or engineering tend to actually construct a sandwich, rather than create a sandwich.  There is no better sandwich to construct for a long tedious day of schoolwork than a two mile high multi-decker sandwich tower.

     Sometimes I post a recipe that is nearly a forgotten thing of the past.  Since plenty of folks who used to eat big on weekends have since gone on diets or have turned into vegetarians, big towering stacked sandwiches have not exactly been in the limelight in recent years.  People actually now say things like "That sandwich will kill you!" instead of saying "I'm running to the corner store to get the stuff to make a sandwich like that!"  

     Today's two mile high sandwich is not just a recipe.  It is inspiration to live larger than life!  Making a tall multi-decker sandwich is not as easy as it looks.  Thought has to be given to how the sandwich must be constructed, so it does not topple over.  
     It takes a razor sharp knife to cleanly cut through all of the decks at one time.  Balancing the two towering sandwich halves against each other on a plate is an accomplishment in itself.  Carrying the sandwich from the kitchen to the coffee table by the couch is the world's longest treacherous mile that one will ever attempt.  One wrong move and the ravenous dog will have easy prey to pounce upon!
  
     Constructing a two mile high sandwich is a real challenge.  Eating an entire two mile high sandwich in one afternoon is an even bigger challenge!  Accomplishing these monumental feats is what bragging rights are all about.  When it comes to making a lazy Saturday afternoon sandwich, go big, or go home! 

     Godzilla Spread:
     Since the sandwich spread had a green tint and wasabi powder was an ingredient, choosing a legendary name like Godzilla was the best choice!  This recipe yields enough Godzilla Spread to coat one side of each slice of bread on a 7 deck Two Mile High Sandwich!
     Step 1:  Place 1 cup of mayonnaise in a food processor.
     Add 1/2 cup of trimmed cilantro sprigs.
     Add 1/3 cup of trimmed curly leaf parsley sprigs.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of dried dill weed.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of wasabi powder.  
     Add 1 teaspoon of small capers.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
     Add 1 pinch of ground celery seed.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of lime juice.
     Add 1 tablespoon of chopped dill pickle.
     Add 1 pinch of onion powder.
     Add 1 pinch of garlic powder.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1 teaspoon of green jalapeƱo hot sauce.
     Step 2:  Pulse the food processor, till the ingredients are pureed and blended.
     Step 3:  Place the Godzilla Spread in a ceramic cup and chill it for 20 minutes.

     Two Mile High Sandwich with Godzilla Spread ~ Genoa Salami, Bologna, Roast Beef and Pepper Jack:
     This recipe is written for a seven deck two mile high sandwich.  
     A two mile high sandwich can be made with any choice of deli style lunch meats and cheese that taste good together.  The combination that I chose tasted nice.  The same garnishes do not have to be placed on each layer. 
     Step 1:  Cut 8 slices of French white bread that is sandwich size and place then in a row across a countertop.
     Spread a thin layer of the Godzilla spread on one side of each slice of bread.
     Place a layer of green leaf lettuce on 7 of the bread slices.  
     Set the 8th bread slice aside.
     Step 2:  Place a a variety of combination of these ingredients on the 7 decks:
     - Sliced bermuda onion 
     - Sliced tomato 
     - Sliced dill pickle
     - Genoa Salami
     - Bologna
     - Roast Beef
     - Pepper Jack Cheese 
     *Assembling this sandwich is a little bit tricky to do.  If you have a helper in the kitchen, then make use of the extra hands.  The object of a two mile high sandwich is to create a tall vertical presentation that will be stable enough to make it all the way to the table! 
     Step 3:  Place the first deck of the sandwich on the plate.  
     Stack the seven decks up so the sandwich, while holding the sandwich steady.  
     Place the bare top slice of bread on the sandwich.
     Step 4:  Select 2 bamboo skewers that are long enough to pierce the entire Two Mile High Sandwich.
     Pierce the sandwich from top to bottom with the bamboo skewers, through the center of both halves of the sandwich.
     Step 5:  Use a razor sharp carving knife to slice the sandwich in half from top to bottom, while holding the extra length of the skewers.
     Step 6:  Carefully turn the sandwich halves on the plate, so the cut side of the sandwich faces outward and so the open cut face of the sandwich can be seen.  (optional)
     Move the sandwich halves apart just far enough, so they can be leaned against each other and so they are stable enough to not topple over.
     Step 7:  Place some potato chips and dill pickle spears on the plate.  
     Carefully carry the Two Mile High Sandwich to its destination and definitely show this towering accomplishment off!

     Now comes the question of the day.  "How in the heck does somebody eat a two mile high sandwich?"  The answer is ... "All day long!" 

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