To celebrate “The Carcassonne Dream” turning a year old, here again is the recipe for the legendary sandwich that drives honeymooner Dan to desperate measures. As crisis deepens and he closes in on the final ingredients, he ultimately must choose where his fate lies: with his new bride or his dream sandwich.
FULL DISCLOSURE 1: the story isn’t crime like my latest stuff. It’s a blend of satire, adventure and magic realism that–OK, it’s a romp.
FULL DISCLOSURE 2: the local ham is completely made up. If you don’t mind fictional ham, proceed. Otherwise maybe try a Bayonne or Spanish jamon.
Old Carcassonne is Medieval fortress preserved and looming over a modern-ish French town. Even beset by tourists the place has the grandeur of a tomb and the vibe of fantasy. A place so epic needed a sandwich to match.
I started with the Provence classic pan bagnat. From there, lose the tuna and add some fiction and voilà:
- Goat cheese spread
- Carcassonne Ham (fictional)
- Sliced hard-boiled egg from a purebred Marans chicken
- Red onions
- Kalamata olives
- Cucumber, sliced
- Red wine vinaigrette fermented from Languedoc Minervois AOC wine
- Camarguesea salt
- Fresh ground pepper