ode to the sandwich

I really don’t watch “Friends” too much, but the episode where Monica and Rachel challenge Joey and Chandler to a who-knows-each-other-best contest always makes me laugh. My favorite part?

Ross: What is Joey’s favorite food?
Monica: Sandwiches!!

Joey’s in luck — Today is National Sandwich Day, also known as the birthday of John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. Despite his military and political accolades, Montagu is best known as the likely source of what we today know as the sandwich. He reportedly ordered his servant to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread so he could eat it with his hands; people began ordering “the same as Sandwich,” and thus, a culinary masterpiece was dubbed.

In honor of this special day, I’m sharing my lunch with you: an avocado and sprout sandwich. It might not pack the meat the earl was after, but I think it’s pretty fantastic.

♦two slices of wheat bread
half an avocado
alfalfa sprouts
cream cheese
lemon juice
black olives
salt and pepper

Toast bread. Assemble sandwich. (Even Tribbiani could figure this out.)

organic alfalfa sprouts

Total time? Five minutes.
Cost? $1.67 avocado, $1 can of black olives, $1.25 cream cheese, $1 alfalfa sprouts.
Overall success relative to expectations? 10 out of 10. You wouldn’t really expect too much from a simple sandwich like this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it (and will make it for tomorrow’s lunch, too). Anything with avocado is amazing, and the sprouts add nice textural variety. Definitely recommend the olives and lemon juice to add in some acidity, and I don’t think this would be as good if it were on white bread, so avoid that if you can.

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