Update: So I obviously haven't updated this since it's creation a year ago, but here goes. On Wednesday, 11/16/05, my sandwich (and myself, through pictures) were on ABC's Good Morning America. Click here to see a copy of the article. (Video will be posted eventually.)So I'm sure you all have seen the Giant Sandwich. If you haven't, go there now. When I first read that, I realized he is a god among men.
So I got an idea in my head. A particularly stupid idea. This makes it even harder to simply pass up.
I think to myself: "I can top this guy - he didn't fry anything!"
And it begins.
The result will be… appalling. A tyrant of a sandwich, so gargantuan and calorically blessed that the mere sight of which would cause Jesus himself to break down in an explosive torrent of tears and fury.
Consumption of this sandwich, this crime against nature, should in and of itself be enough to sentence its eater to the third Dantean circle and an eternity in festering muck.
Everything in the sandwich, with the exception of some of the veggies, cheese, and condiments will be fried; either pan-fried in gratuitous amounts of butter, bacon fat, and garlic salt, or plunged into a deep fat fryer. Preferably both.
I quickly drafted up a grocery list. To some, this might look like the shopping list for a small family. Nay, it will all become part of my tyrant of a sandwich. Here is the final list:
On a windy November afternoon, a particular afternoon that we had off of school, Ben, Jeff and I spent two hours gathering the necessary ingredients for the sandwich. Our first stop was Wal-Mart.
Food Calories Fried Mushrooms – 15 450 Bacon – 14 pieces 990 Onion rings – 18 1140 Ground Beef – 1/4 lb. 293 Corndogs – 2 540 Swiss Cheese – 4 slices 425 Provolone Cheese – 4 slices 397 Cheddar Cheese – 4 slices 455 Sliced Ham – 1/4 lb. 184 Sliced Turkey – 1/4 lb. 181 Pastrami – 1/4 lb. 394 Sliced Roast Beef – 1/4 lb. 200 Bratwurst – 1 510 Braunschweiger – 1/4 lb. 580 Wheat Bread – 1 lb. 1030 Lettuce – 1/2 head 25 Feta Cheese – 4 oz. 350 Italian Salad Dressing – 6 oz. 480 Oregeno – 50 grams 438 Salt & Pepper – 50 grams 0 Butter – 1/2 lb. 1600 Parmesan Cheese – 100 grams 465 Canola Oil – 154 Tbsp. 18,432 Total 29,559
Upon arrival at Wally world, I secured a cart and we began our hoarding. Most of the fried goods were acquired here, as well as the bread and a few other things. The total ended at $14.07. Not too bad, I think to myself. Next plan of attack: hit up Hy-Vee.
Hy-Vee was likewise raided. This time, the deli counter. “I need a quarter pound of ham, turkey, pastrami, roast beef, cheddar, swiss and provolone.” The woman behind the counter was appalled at my delivery. I merely responded with the truth, “I’m making a 30,000 calorie sandwich,” as calmly as possible. She seemed to understand my quest, and turned out baggies of meat and cheese for me.
Once all of the food had been taken captive, and we had begun our exit, we stopped. Oil! Quickly we rushed back to the aisle with oils, and snagged a nearby worker to explain to us the difference between vegetable and canola oil. She recommended canola oil. A quick calorie comparison proved her right. A gallon bottle was placed in the cart, and we left, however not before forking over $33. Yes, you read correctly. A forty-seven ($47) dollar sandwich.
“Josh, the next time you decide to make a $47 sandwich, think of the last time you made a $47 sandwich.”
The ingredients were carefully laid out for inspection. Yes, they’re all there. In all their 30,000 calorie glory. I was in awe and unsure of where to start. Through a mutual consensus, it was decided that I should begin by deep frying the frozen items while also frying the bacon.
Yes, that's a pound of bacon frying in a half pound of butter. Delicious.
I quickly realized my oversight. My arm is going to be burned beyond recognition while frying these things. Whatever am I to do?
Meanwhile, my new best friend Mr. Deep Fryer was happily bubbling away and releasing his fumes. My house smelled like a carnival. In the time it took to fry all of my bacon, the mushrooms were (re)fried as well.
“My god, you’re greasy.”
The ground beef was next on my list. I began to form it into standard issue hamburger shape, when I realized that that would not do. Midway through the shaping, I quickly made an about face and reshaped it into a more sandwich friendly shape, and into the pan it went (along with the bacon fat & more butter):
Freud would have something to say about this.
I started to fry the brat in much the same manner as the hamburger. Although this time, there was a terrible explosion! Ok, not so much terrible as mildly scalding, but it was unpleasant nonetheless. Here’s the finished pictures of the meat:
Here, the brat explosion can easily be seen.
I was almost there when my dad offered up a bit of advice. Bread and deep fry the meat. I was furious at myself for not having thought of that myself. So it began:
You're making the baby Jesus cry!
It was done. All that remained was the assembly (for it can only be called that: this was not “making a sandwich,” this was “constructing” a sandwich).
My god.. six and a half pounds.
This can only be described like this: insane. I can’t even begin to elaborate.
Half way through!
Sadly, it was at this point that the camera died. I was in no state to move to get more batteries, so it lives on only in our memories. And this webpage, I suppose.
The rest of the sandwich went down without further incident.... over the next 12 hours. The first thing people always ask me is how it tasted - freakin' awesome.