Sunday, July 19, 2020

Breakfast Sandwich #162 - Data From Top Secret Northwoods Laboratory

Lab Sandwich #162 - Sesame Seed Bagel, Bacon, Sharp Cheddar, Shoestring Potatoes, Red Salsa, Chicken Egg
Date: June 27, 2020

Like all good research conglomerates we have backup laboratories so data can continue to be collected if conditions deteriorate in any given location. It also helps keep our data secure from hackers backed by Big Sandwich. They're out there, and they're ruthless.

We just want you to know that nothing is more important to us than the safety of your flavor satisfaction.

The situation as it was, we moved to our Northwoods lab to research the use of shoestring potatoes on a sandwich. Specifically, Pik-Nik shoestring potatoes. They seem to be the industry leader in shoestring potatoes, although Utz might have something to say about that. I can't say I've dug into the underbelly of the shoestring potato business but the number one rule seems to be that you have to spell things wrong. See, Utz Potato Stix.

Speaking of underbelly, Pik-Nik headquarters is in the China Airlines building in Burlingame, California, which seems odd. Surely they aren't frying 'taters in an office building.

We don't have time to get into that right now.

Let's get on with talking about sandwiches.

This sandwich was prepped and wrapped in foil to toast in the oven for reasons of flavor steeping and meltiness.

Simply glorious.
The Sandwich - The only wildcard here was the shoestring potatoes. I was worried that they might be too crunchy but they're actually a bit wimpy especially after heating in the oven with everything else. They added a whiff of crunch, less than expected, and a saltiness that wasn't needed but also wasn't overdone. I've been on a bit of a sharp cheddar kick lately even though it doesn't melt as well as other cheeses. I can accept that as a trade-off for the flavor, especially when paired with bacon. I don't often construct on bagels but it does give you the confidence to really load up your sandwich knowing that the bagel will hold up. That's reassuring during these uncertain times.

The Result - Overall this was a great sandwich and worth a try if you happen to have some shoestring potatoes. They do make a reduced sodium version and that may be better depending on what else you're putting on your sandwich.

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