The only thing more American than Thanksgiving itself is the fact that many an American restaurant and sandwich shop now serves the standard T-Giving meal as a sandwich: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and, hell, even some gravy, all squished together for a streamlined, utensil-less Thanksgiving experience (just like your ancestors didn’t).
This cultural culinary phenomenon got us thinking: What other seasonal meals could be streamlined for some fast, mostly-fork-free eating?
Here’s what we came up with. We want to hear your ideas, too. Tweet us at @flymagazine with the #flyholidayeats hashtag.
New Year’s Day:
The Pork-N-Sauerkraut Cone
A crisp waffle cone adds a sweet-and-crunchy vehicle for PA Dutch Country’s classic New Year’s Day meal on the go. Or, more accurately, for easy eating on the couch as you nurse that champagne-induced hangover.
St. Patrick’s Day:
Shepherd’s Pie Croquettes
Fashion your classic shepherd’s pie into miniature balls, bread them ever so lightly, and then deep fry the shit out of ’em. Mc’O’Finger-lickin’ good. Serve on one of those nifty deviled eggs trays (because you haven’t served deviled eggs, ever).
Vegetarian Gluten-Free Quinoa Salad Burrito
For the veggie-leaning crowd out there… Pure, gluten-free quinoa salad tossed with fresh, local, organic, non-GMO veggies, almonds and a creamy, Greek yogurt and avocado dressing. We typically subscribe to the “You don’t make friends with salad” school of thought, but even this sounds delicious.
4th of July:
Now. We. Are. Talking. Nix the hot dog bun and wrap your wiener in hamburger meat before it hits the grill. Condiment at will (read: liberally). Extra points for bacon.
A Regular Ol’ Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Because you just spent the year being creative at all the other holidays. Want to live dangerously? Toss that baby on a skillet and go for the grilled ham and cheese.
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