I said “are you kidding?” as I looked at the ingredients of the sandwich my friend said I should try. She turned to me and said “Just order it. You have to try one before making up your mind”. I muttered something about the crazy things friends expect you to do and ordered.
We squeezed past the incomers on our way out, paper wrapped sandwiches in hand, and sat down at a picnic table in the sunshine. It was my first visit to this tiny hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop on a small side street in a big, busy town. The half-a-block long line of people moved steadily in and out of the door, but it never seemed to get any shorter. My friend had told me to meet her there before 11am. It was a good thing we did. The line starts at 11 and doesn’t stop until 2. By the time we got our sandwiches, it was 11:30 and we were hungry.
I grabbed half of the 4” thick sandwich and took the first bite. It was creamy, nutty, sweet, salty, crunchy, mellow, zingy and juicy all at the same time. The flavors announced themselves individually and as a harmonized whole. Unexpected deliciousness and very satisfying. I didn’t get hungry again until dinner.
I went back there pretty regularly for a several years until I moved away. That’s when I started making them at home. I think you’ll love this sandwich, but don’t take my word for it. Try one before making up your mind.
As with all recipes, the better the quality and flavor of your ingredients, the yummier the finished item. Jif almond butter and Kraft cheese will not give you the same delicious flavor. Splurge a little and get the health food store brands. If you’re new to health food store brands, some are delicious, and others are pretty blah, so I’ve listed the brands I like below. If you already have a brand you love, get that. As for the Jack cheese, get the good stuff. Brands differ from area to area, so I’m not able to give you names, but get real California Jack from a smal, local producer (not Kraft) and that should do it. For the sweetest, juiciest tomatoes, visit your local Farmer’s Market or health food store. Here’s what you’ll need.
Ingredients per sandwich
2 slices really good tasting whole grain sandwich bread
Raw cashew butter (Artisana, Erewhon, Maranatha)
Raw almond butter
3 big, ripe, soft, dark Medjool dates, pitted and butterflied
1 good sized romaine lettuce leaf, washed and de-ribbed
1 slice really tasty California Jack cheese
1 big slice of juicy, sweet, ripe tomato
1/2 ripe avocado, pit removed
Salt to taste
Spread mayonnaise on one side of one slice of bread.
Mash the ripe avocado half onto the mayonnaise and salt it lightly.
Lay the ripe tomato on the avocado.
Lay the slice of Jack cheese on the avocado.
Lay the lettuce on top of the cheese.
Spread a 1/4 inch thick layer of cashew butter on one side of the other slice of bread.
Spread a 1/4 inch thick layer of almond button on top of the cashew butter.
Distribute butterflied pieces of pitted Medjool dates on the almond butter.
Put the 2 halves of the sandwich together.
I like to serve the sandwich with salty black olives, sweet baby carrots and plenty of napkins to mop up the tomato juice.
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