Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Diablo Sandwich

This is a topic that's been discussed before, though I'm not sure whether in this forum or not. Short background. In "Smokey and the Bandit," Sheriff Buford T. Justice orders a "Diablo Sandwich and a Dr. Pepper, and make it fast I'm in a goddamn hurry!"

Fans of the movie wondered since then what a Diablo sandwich might be. The last time we researched it, it came back as some kind of spicy chicken sandwich. Other answers abound (how can a sausage be a sandwich? Mullarkey, I say!)

In the spirit of the internet (motto: "a misquote repeated often enough becomes truth"), I've decided to draw a line in the sand and define, once and for all, what a Diablo Sandwich is.

Burger King's Extreme Spicy Tendercrisp sandwich.

That's the short answer. For the uninitiated, let's build the sandwich:

Bun: soft kaiser, the kind with cornmeal on the crown (top). Toast it until it is lightly charred. Yes, a little blackness. It won't hurt. We're making the Devil's sandwich, after all.

Chicken breast: pounded to half thickness, cooked with chili powder and well seared. Again, charred, devil, etc. (Cook it hot and fast and let it sit for a few minutes, and you'll get the outside char, with inner tenderness and juciness.)

Sauce: Nominally, mayo with Louisana Hot Sauce in it. Experiment. If you're not a mayo person, go with just hot sauce. Or maybe Thousand Island with hot sauce in it??

Spicy jack cheese, Romaine lettuce, thin sliced red onions, tomato (if you must), and sliced jalapeno peppers. Like the kind you get on your nachos at the roller rink. Or pepperoncini/sport peppers. Any of your pickled pepper products.

And there you have it. It is written.

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