Some vintage recipes should stay firmly in the past (I'm looking at you, jello molds) but others are worth reintroducing to our modern palates. Over at Serious Eats, Maria del Mar Sacasa is dusting off her mom's old cookbooks and trying out a few oldies-but-goodies, including this intimidating creation: The Sandwich Loaf.
I'll admit, I've never seen a sandwich loaf, much less tasted one. But Maria's description of the cookbook from whence it came is oddly endearing: "The cast of characters and products within these pages are quirky and charming, with ads for baked beans that taste 'keen,' perfectly coiffed dads in button-down cardigans slicing pineapple-and-cherry garlanded hams while flashing million dollar Don Draper smiles, ideas for a "Curious Christmas Ball" starring and odd white monkey doll in a baby blue satin frock, and recipes for flaming desserts." Now, I'm no huge fan of the 50's—the mere mention of the decade sends images of Stepford wives dancing in my head—but this almost makes me want to put on some pearls and start cooking up a storm.
Apparently, back in the day, the sandwich loaf was a rather common sight. Using a recipe from Good Housekeeping, del Mar Sacasa creates a slightly modified version of the old school dish. Filled with egg salad, black olives, butter, radishes, smoked salmon, capers and dill, the result is "like three sandwiches in one." Three condiment-filled, fairly unhealthy sandwiches in one… but gosh darn it, that does sound good.
Sandwiched: Egg Salad, Salmon, and Radish Sandwich Loaf from Serious Eats
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