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This Sandwich Is for (Lettuce) Fans

The correct thing greater than a approved recipe? When something’s so easy to fabricate that you just don’t even need one. Welcome to It is That Easy, a column where we focus on you by the formulation of making the dishes and drinks we are able to fabricate with our eyes closed.

This sandwich is so easy to fabricate it would possibly perchance perchance live in its dangle column called “It’s TOO Easy.” In fact, this sandwich is so easy that it didn’t fabricate the lower for the collection of “Short Is Candy” recipes in our June/July project (out now)…because no one conception you wished a recipe to fabricate it. And but, isn’t that the very point of a approved ITS? So here we are.

This is my unfastened riff on the quintessential summer sandwich: a standard BLT. Nonetheless with H (ham) in would prefer to B and indubitably extra L. Sight: the HLT. There’s masses of thinly sliced deli ham, a towering 1.5”-colossal lettuce steak (more on that in a second), a little bit completely ripe tomato, and barely ample seasoning to fabricate these three substances teach (yes, I like in suggestions cheese a seasoning).

Here’s guidelines on how to fabricate one gorgeous HLT:

Originate with two slices of lightly toasted bread. I draw discontinuance a pre-sliced multigrain sandwich loaf (handle Dave’s Killer Bread’s 21 Entire Grains and Seeds), however you would possibly exhaust anything else you handle. Unfold one cleave with a skinny layer of Dijon mustard and the varied with a skinny layer of mayonnaise.

Now for these lettuce steaks! I’ve prolonged been impressed by how the iceberg lettuce is lower for the Palace Diner’s famed tuna soften. By quantity the sandwich is more lettuce than tuna which, on this humble sandwich enthusiast’s opinion, is the greatest ratio.

Must you’ve ever made a cauliflower steak, you already know what we’re going for here: a sturdy and thick plank of lettuce that holds together bite after bite. To fabricate your steak, rest 1 medium head of iceberg lettuce on a work surface on the stem cease and cleave off one rounded cease to get a flat surface; space rounded cease apart (“snack lettuce”). Gash off a 1½”-thick plank of iceberg; if here is formulation too neatly-organized to reasonably fit at some stage in the perimeters of your sandwich bread, trim plank down to dimension. Dress your lettuce steak with a squeeze of unusual lemon juice, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and salt and freshly ground unlit pepper. Dressing it this draw ensures hundreds crunch AND style in every bite.

Adding an infinite cleave of neatly-seasoned lettuce steak guarantees that every bite will most likely be extra crunchy and bursting with style.

Photograph by Emma Fishman, Meals Styling by Susie Theodorou, Prop Styling by Elizabeth Jaime

Manufacture your sandwich by topping one bread cleave with a cleave of cheese (equivalent to pepper jack or Muenster), three oz. sliced deli ham, your lettuce steak, and as many slices of ripe tomato as you need. Season tomato slices with a little bit salt and pepper, then discontinuance sandwich and cleave in half of. Attend with crunchy pickles on the aspect—chef Meherwan Irani urged The Backyard Meals Company’s Czech Candy & Sour Jam to me and I’ve never regarded encourage.

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