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Sandwich Monday: The Mighty Meatloaf Sandwich

NPR | March 18, 2013 12:57 p.m.

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Ian Chillag

Compared to the turkey sandwich, or the Reuben, or the grilled cheese, the meatloaf sandwich is an all-too-often overlooked volume in the American Library of Great Sandwiches. (I freely admit the American Library of Great Sandwiches was a terrible idea — no one wants a sandwich after it’s been returned, and I’ll be returning your Kickstarter money ASAP).

We tried a fancypants take on it, “Karen’s BBQ Meatloaf Sandwich,” from Publican Quality Meats in Chicago. It’s topped with frisee, fried shallots, and something called “American spoon remoulade.”

Miles: Oh! I knew I tasted spoon.

Ian: Says here meatloaf sandwiches are a great way to use leftovers. I guess my question is: What does this word mean, this … “leftovers”?

Miles: This sandwich is my second-favorite miracle involving loaves.

Eva: Meatloaf is a wonderful way for people without teeth or the ability to chew to still get their daily dose of way, way too much meat.

Mike: People may say that meat loaf is the lowest of the meats, but it’s the highest of the loaves.

Eva: You know, “that meat loaf” is also what you say when you’re describing really lazy meat.

Peter: Is there a point where the ratio of breadcrumbs to meat tips the bread’s way, so it becomes a loafloaf? Or a loafmeat?

Miles: Can you loaf anything? Who do I talk to about creating a saladloaf?

Ian: I like that this sandwich would do anything for love, but I hate that it won’t do that.

[The verdict: a delicious example of a delicious sandwich.]

Sandwich Monday is a satirical feature from the humorists at Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

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