Paprika chicken, bacon, avocado & sun-dried tomatoes
Last year, my flatmate caught me in the kitchen making a sandwich for my lunch at work the next day, and told me I should take a photo of it. I’d scored some discount pork tenderloin medallions on a random trip to the supermarket, and had bought so many I’d decided to chuck the leftovers into a butty. That photo went on Facebook, and the original Butty Wordpress blog came soon after. A few months, a couple of hundred Twitter fans and thousands of pageviews later, we’ve arrived here, with branding made by a colleague for a secret santa present, and a gleaming new Tumblr site. Ladies and gentlemen - sandwich lovers the world over - it’s time stand up, charge your glass and doff your cap, as we celebrate the fiftieth butty.
Like any celebration falling on a weekday, I didn’t plan anything special, but knew something cheeky, and most likely messy, would fall together at the last minute. After picking up a couple of Dover Sole at the supermarket, and finding myself forced to learn how to fillet them at 10pm, I figured I’d buggered it up entirely.
With m’lady having created a delicious mayonnaise for the occasion from scratch, and all the ingredients bought and paid for, I made the only call possible - accepting that it was going to be a late one, and firing up the oven like a sandwich-crafting champ.
The chicken thighs went in a baking tray with a good squeeze of lemon juice, a grind of pepper, and a good dusting of smoked paprika, before hitting the middle shelf of the oven until cooked through. With the bacon under the grill, the chicken was left to cool down, before being sliced up and scattered over some mayo-smothered bread. Checking on the sliced swine, the avocado was hacked up thickly enough to keep a bit of bite and was added to the sanger, along with some sun-dried toms and the now-cooked back bacon. Sweet, succulent, buttery, smoky… straight up mastication magnificence.
Fifty sandwiches ago, I had no idea where the hell that photo of my lunch was going to lead. Right now, I’m thinking about where things might be after another fifty butties, and to tell you the truth, I’m pretty excited about how deep this sandwich-filled rabbit hole might go.
Thanks to you all for reading, and stay tuned… things are just getting interesting.