100 Favorite Dishes, No. 29: Short Rib Grilled Cheese at East Hampton
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You could argue that the grilled cheese sandwich was fine enough as originally intended: Melted cheese, buttered bread: What else do you need?
The argument starts to quiver, however, in the presence of the the beastly sandwich pictured above. The hot cheese and short rib served at East Hampton Sandwich Company is one of the messiest sandwiches you will ever have the pleasure of trying to handle. And it's worth the mess.
An absurd amount of white cheddar cheese is melted over a thick slice of braised short rib and topped with slick sautéed onions. Mixed greens offer some token roughage, and it's all held between two slices of grilled bread slathered with horseradish cream.
The bread doesn't stand a chance. You might get two bites in, if you're lucky, before structural failure begins and you have to work on rebuilding the sandwich as much as you work on consuming it. Brisket squirts out one end, onions squirt out every end and the greens come completely undone. Sounds like a candidate for a fork and knife, right? No way: This is messy, but it's fun.
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