August is National Sandwich Month. Let’s celebrate with champagne and sandwiches!
Facts about the world’s MOST EXPENSIVE SANDWICH:
- In 2014 the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the “Quintessential Grilled Cheese” as the world’s most expensive sandwich.
- This sandwich was created by Joe Calderon, Chef at the Serendipity 3 Restaurant, New York City.
- This sandwich is made with two pieces of French Pullman champagne bread which is made with Dom Perignon champagne and edible gold flakes, with white truffle butter and the very rare Caciocavallo Podolico cheese. The sandwich is served with South African Lobster Tomato Bisque for dipping.
- Price: $214
- The Quintessential Grilled Cheese has to be ordered 48 hours in advance in order to source the ingredients needed to make such a fancy-dancy sandwich.
- The Serendipity 3 Restaurant has been the scene of several films, including one of my favorite romantic comedies that came out in 2001: Serendipity.
Here’s a link with cool photos of this expensive sandwich:
My favorite summer sandwiches which pair perfectly with bubbly are fresh tomato and cucumber sandwiches. If you live in the South as I do, then you know the elements of these sandwiches are extremely important…just sayin’
Pepperidge Farm Very Thin White Bread
Thinly Sliced Garden Fresh Tomatoes
Thinly Sliced (sliced on a mandoline) peeled cucumbers
Fresh dill, chopped (for the cucumber sandwiches)
Freshly ground black pepper
Spread each piece of bread liberally with mayonnaise. Top mayonnaise with a good sprinkling of black pepper and either tomato slices or cucumber slices. Top the cucumber slices with chopped fresh dill. Top the tomato slices and cucumber slices with another slice of mayonnaise slathered bread. Cut each sandwich in half to make two triangles, then cut the triangles in half to make small triangle sandwiches. Place sandwiches on a chilled platter. Serve immediately.
Champagne is a perfect pairing for potato chips and potato chips are the perfect accompaniment to sandwiches. This was one of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite flavor combinations.
I recommend Baron-Fuénte Grands Cepages Chardonnay Champagne NV to pair with these summery sandwiches. This champagne is composed of 100% chardonnay grapes. I love the shape of this bubbly bottle. $45 range. Notes of citrus (lemon zest), creamy, nice tiny bubbles dancing around the flute, finishing with a touch of toasted almond. Dill pairs very well with chardonnay so the cucumber dill sandwiches will be a treat paired with this champagne. Cheers!
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