Everyone who has grown up with cricket in their lives is likely ( especially since the 80s) to have some kind of tradition about watching it at home on the telly during the holidays.
With permission, I give you Darren McLander’s Cricket Sandwich recipe. It’s an unique variation of the ol’ Ham salad sanga, which was always popular with my own family.
Fresh White sliced bread. Make sure it’s the softest you can find.
Leg ham off the bone. About 2-3 slices per sanga. ( Being Xmas you may just have an abundance of this)
Fresh Truss tomatoes. Jarlsberg Cheese. Roquette. Spanish onion.
Three threes Sweet Mustard Pickles
Pasta salad from the supermarket deli. ( You may also use Coleslaw, Potato salad or just mayo)
Tinned Beetroot slices ( Daz tells me he traditionally uses Golden Circle, but of late their slices have been becoming smaller and smaller)
The construction is very considered: Remove the slices that you’ll use on the bottom first. Leaving the top slice in the bag helps it to retain it’s softness and so it doesn’t dry out.
Spread a generous amount of pickles onto the slice. Next arrange your ham slices on top of that.
Have a swig of your beer. Or if you’re feeling very nostalgic. Your Creme soda with ice.
Next layer your tomato slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. He likes Tomato more than your average person, so about 4 or 5 slices of a largish tomato. It’s important that they are hydroponic or truss tomatoes that are good and red. ” No one like crunchy green tomatoes that taste like water” Nicely ripened home grown ones would be the best for this if you have them.
The placement of the tomato within the folds of the ham and Cheese minimises the soggy bread syndrome which is often the bane of a good Salad sanga. So clearly next placed is the cheese. About 2 slices on each sandwich
In this order then comes Onion cut into half moon rings, Beetroot, Pasta salad and the Roquette. You can heap the construction as you like it, but remember you’ll need to squash it down a little.
Place on the top of your creation and press down. Daz likes it “uncut” I prefer it cut in halves.
Bon apetit. You wont be disapointed.