I don’t know how I came up with it – mostly by doing a mashup of several of the sandwiches on the lunch board at The Virgin Olive Market yesterday. I’ve dubbed it “The Mushmerry,” because it’s a totally random name that makes no sense. Here’s the build:
- Smoked turkey
- Fresh mozzarella cheese (must be fresh, not slices)
- Crispy bacon
- Mixed green lettuce
- Bartlett pear slices
Now, this sandwich might sound a little weird, but let me explain.
First of the all, the trick ingredient is the pears. I’ve had turkey sandwiches with apple slices before – usually with some sort of cranberry chutney or something – but in this case, the pears provide a lovely crunch, a sweet but crisp texture that gives the whole sandwich I fresh taste you can’t emulate with lettuce or tomato.
It also serves as a beautiful complement to the salty bacon. Bacon makes everything taste better, and when you use real thick cut bacon, it’s just that much better.
The fresh mozzarella is also briney, but soft and rich as well. I don’t know if there’s a better cheese than fresh mozzarella balls. Although pretty mild in flavor, the texture is killer.
The mixed green lettuce is perfect with it. Rather than standard iceberg lettuce, which is good, but mostly bland and tasteless, this is like a small but elegant salad atop your sandwich. The grassy green flavor adds a subtle complexity.
Lastly, the sandwich is served upon a croissant, the second most regal of the breads (behind brioche, natch), which is buttery enough to sustain the sandwich without something as offensive as mayonaisse, something as greasy as oil and vinegar, or something as strong as mustard.
Yes, the Mushmerry is my new favorite sandwich, and I’d highly recommend you try it too.
Update: Behold, the Mushmerry!