Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Joyous Season. Happy Festivus.
However you are celebrating today, I hope you have a wonderful day with your friends and family.
We will be celebrating together, just the two of us. There will be gifts exchanged between us here:
And we plan on sharing some good holiday food. On the menu is: Potato pancakes with homemade applesauce. Mexican egg casserole. Sandwich loaf. What is sandwich loaf? It is the most gluttonous of foods I’ve ever eaten… and I’ve had my share of fabulously indulgent desserts. Sandwich loaf is a meal that is a holiday tradition in my mother’s family. I have no idea where the idea came from, just that it was a favorite of my grandfather. Here it is, in all its anti-heart health glory:
- Take 1 loaf of sturdy white bread, unsliced. You will need to buy one from a bakery or bake it yourself. I purchase my loaves from Panera and they work perfectly.
- Slice the loaf horizontally so you have 6 long slices.
- Then, make your fillings of:tuna salad, chicken salad, bologna salad, an egg salad.
- Lay the bottom slice of the bread on a platter or large serving dish. Layer one of the sandwich spreads, and then add another layer of bread and continue building the tower of sandwich.
- The fifth layer of the tower will be a mix of all the leftover spreads.
- Top with the final slice of bread.
- Cover the entire loaf in room temperature cream cheese. (Optional: add green olives to the top of the loaf — I omit these as I don’t like green olives).
- Chill for several hours covered in plastic wrap.
- To serve, slice vertically to reveal a cross-section of all the yummy spreads. Eat with a knife and fork.
It’s disgustingly delicious. I highly recommend a high-fiber diet while eating this dish, as it does tend to block things up… also, lots of fruit, veggies, and water. It’s not for the cholesterol-troubled and may require extra exercise to adjust for all the calories. But it is delicious. Perhaps even wicked?
However you celebrate, we hope you have a holiday filled with love, good food, and a touch of the decadent and indulgent. It is Christmas, after all!