In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
This sandwich from Acme Bread ($5.15) is simplicity at its best. A rustic sweet baguette is topped with thin slices of Fra Mani Toscano salame, cornichons, and sweet European butter. I actually had to fan out the salami for the photo because, unlike most sandwiches I get these days, the toppings don't make themselves immediately apparent by popping out the sides.
The bread should take center stage here, because it is over six inches of chewy, sweet, perfectly crusted baguette from Acme. And though it definitely has enough flavor to rise above being a mere vehicle for the salame, the meat is nothing to sneeze at. Fra Mani is a small producer out of Berkeley that makes salami with a rich pork flavor and creamy marbling of fat. The salame provides the salt for the sandwich, complementing the smear of flavorful sweet butter. Finally, the cornichons add a bit of acid to emphasize the ingredients around it.
About the author: Carrie Vasios is the Community Manager of Serious Eats and writes the Wake and Bake, Cookie Monster, and Serious Entertaining columns. She likes perusing her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios