I conduct this research most years and always come up with the same result; when it comes to turkey sandwiches simple is best, less is more, don’t gild the lily
It’s T plus four days today; that’s the day that falls four days after the consumption of the Canadian Thanksgiving turkey. Some believe it stands for Turkey plus four while others argue it’s Thanksgiving plus four. Whatever you call it, it marks the fourth day of leftovers. Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October but most people have the big meal on the Sunday, no doubt to allow for all that Tryptophan-induced sleep on Monday. Turkey themed meals two and sometimes three times a day, with the odd turkey snack thrown in. Come T plus four days and many people swear they’ll never eat the traditional bird again while others keep trying to perfect the leftover options.
I fall into the latter group, I like to look at it as four days of research on the creation of the ideal turkey sandwich. I conduct this research most years and always come up with the same result; when it comes to turkey sandwiches simple is best, less is more, don’t gild the lily.
Having tried turkey sandwiches that range from those with lettuce, stuffing, cranberry sauce on fancy bread right down the spectrum to white meat with white mayonnaise on white bread I have to say the last, simple version allows the true turkey flavour to be the highlight of the sandwich. Lest you think I’m closed-minded I assure you the sandwich is also great with chocolate milk or amber beer. Being a small concoction also enables the consumer to consume, and consume, and …
Think of the bread as merely an instrument to convey the filling, much the way pumpkin pie is a vehicle for the consumption of whipped cream.
The photo above shows the result of exhaustive research by yours truly, namely the perfect turkey sandwich. It’s thin and must fit through the ‘letter’ size on the plastic indicator used by Canada Post (be sure to test it using the plastic gauge and not an actual letterbox as this can lead to arrest when trying to retrieve fallen sandwiches, I speak from experience); any bigger and you’re into ‘small package’ territory and that’s too big. The bread is good old white enriched that must be very fresh so it absorbs the mayonnaise. Think of the bread as merely an instrument to convey the filling, much the way pumpkin pie is a vehicle for the consumption of whipped cream. Mayonnaise is the only condiment, never butter or margarine. Plunk on several slices or crumbled bits of prime white turkey meat and you’ve got the winner.
I enjoy more complicated sandwiches as well, including the BLT and the Cubano but when turkey is the filling, simple is my choice.