Vending Machine Gross Item of the Week Awards
In the realm of the hot sandwich, one that always seems to make the list with quite a bit of fanfare is this week’s winner. With multiple levels of flavor and ingredients brought to you from the stealthy vending machine of mystery and intrigue, this week I give you…
Reuben Pretzel Sandwich
The label on this intriguing bit of culinary delight is a bit mysterious. It gives you the basics, but no real details. One can only imagine that a Reuben is just that… a Reuben. This conclusion brings us to the following typical ingredients: corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing. Typically we’d see this on rye bread, however, the fine folks in Warren, Ohio have given us the unique twist of a pretzel roll! This sandwich itself has mysterious origins with the possibility of Lithuanian or German birth, however, the pretzel tips the scales more toward German (and really, does it matter?) A Reuben is typically a decent, filling sandwich. This week, however, we find it given to us from the bowels of the refrigerated beast and one cannot possibly wrap their head around the thought of sauerkraut and corned beef from a vending machine. It’s just too much to handle! Yet another question on the list of mankind: what is the meaning of life and why is there a Reuben in my vending machine?!
Wine Pairing: Created in Alsace, Germany, this week’s wine pairing for the Reuben is the Lucien Albrecht Reserve Pinot Blanc. This refreshing beauty brings to the table a delicate combination of pears and apples with a fuller-body, but muted and neutral tones. A light wine to accompany our tasty fare!
Beer Pairing: Today we recommend Witbier wheat beer as the right dance partner for our stocky sandwich. This “white beer” with a 50% ratio of wheat to barley malt is just the right type of pint to join our sandwich on the dinner table (or break table!)
So, this week when you find yourself at the vending machine of mystification with a handful of quarters, consider the international sensation that is the Reuben Pretzel Sandwich! It might just be the break you need in a day filled with paperwork and a sore bottom!