A Sandwich a Day: Pan-Seared Porchetta at Laurelhurst Market in Portland, OR
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It is extraordinarily difficult for me to pass up ordering anything with porchetta on it when I see that magical word on a menu. There's just something about those fatty slices of succulent, herb-stuffed pork that fills me to the brim with pure, unadulterated joie de vivre.
A pity, then, that more of it didn't make its way onto the pan-seared porchetta sandwich ($8) at Laurelhurst Market. Best known for its status as one of Portland's best and most reasonably priced steakhouses, Laurelhurst Market also features a butcher shop with a front case packed with one delicious slab of sausage and house-cured meat after another. Having eaten their steak before, I can attest to the quality of the meat here, and the moist, savory porchetta did not disappoint.
The problem is that you get but a single layer of it on this sandwich, where it must contend with the strong flavors of mildly spicy Dijon mustard, crunchy red onions, pepperoncini, and sharp cheddar, as well as two thick layers of excellent, pillow-soft Fleur de Lis levain bread.
It's a tasty lunch, to be sure, but it cannot be denied that it flat out needs more meat. So if you stroll into Laurelhurst Market and see this sandwich (or something similar) on the menu, by all means order it, but do whatever it takes to get them to slap on another layer of porchetta. Even if you have to pay a couple bucks extra. Trust me, it's worth it.