The Pret Christmas Sandwich
There’s no escaping it (and why would you want to?), Christmas is coming. The Pogues may not be blaring out of the radio daily, you may not have resigned yourself to the fact you will inevitably put on at least ten pounds and find yourself swearing off alcohol for January (with no real commitment) just yet, but it’s happening. The simple things that let you know the festive season is upon us have started rearing their beautiful little heads, indicating that it’s time to think about being organised with presents, start stressing over New Year’s Eve plans and mentally prep yourself for the liver damage. First it’s the red cups at Starbucks. The John Lewis vs Marks and Spencer Christmas ad show down. Obviously, the Coca-Cola advert. And then there’s the Pret Christmas Sandwich.
Every high street food outlet worth their salt has a Christmas sandwich that takes pride of place on their shelves in bright red packaging, but there is one that beats out all of them and that’s Pret a Manger’s offering. Not only is it packed full of turkey and stuffing, but they are not afraid to feature a decent amount of cranberry and mayonnaise. Add in a bit of spinach and you’re just one ingredient shy of the Greatest Christmas Sandwich found on the high street. And that ingredient is the onions. Little pieces of crispy onion; they MAKE the Pret Christmas Sandwich the success that it is. Those little bits of crispy goodness surprise you as you bite into the sandwich that is never dry and always full of festive flavour.
If you’ve never tried one, I urge you to get one at your earliest convenience. If you’re trying to be good because you know your average calorie intake will go up to 5000 per day soon, get one anyway, you only live once. Apart from the obligatory drunken Christmas Eve down the local pub, or the period between Christmas and New Year (when it’s entirely acceptable for your movements to be limited to moving from your bed, to the sofa, to the fridge), the build up to Christmas is the best bit. So get into the spirit by treating yourself to an epic Christmas sandwich and crank up ‘All I Want For Christmas’ on your iPod. I won’t tell a soul.