The Alphabet Sandwich

The Alphabet SandwichBack when I made the McEverything I mentioned that I’d come up with the idea a few years earlier, but just never really got around to doing it. This Alphabet Sandwich is similar in that aspect.

It’s also similar in the fact that it ended up being WAY taller that I expected and almost toppled over at numerous points along the way. Luckily, at this point in my food blogging career I’ve become quite accustomed to dealing with adversity like this.

Anyway, the idea behind this was to create a sandwich that had 26 different toppings, each one starting with a different letter of the alphabet.

Now, I know that sounds simple enough, but do you realize how difficult it is to find a food that starts with the letter X? To solve that issue I eventually settled on xylocarp, which is defined as “a hard, woody fruit that grows on trees,” or in other words, a coconut.

With some other letters I had the opposite problem, in that I had a tough time choosing which foods to use since I immediately came up with so many that started with the same letter. Take F for example, with that one I couldn’t decide between French fries and fish sticks.

Eventually though it all came together and as you can see from the photo the Alphabet Sandwich turned out to be a gargantuan tower of food-related gluttony.

Curious as to what was all on my sandwich? Here’s a rundown:
Fish sticks
Garlic bread
Italian sausage patty
Jalapeรฑo peppers
Krispy Kreme doughnut
Macaroni and cheese
Onion rings
Queso blanco dip
Ramen noodles
Turkey burger
Usingers bratwurst
Veal Parmesan
Xylocarp (coconut)

42 Comments on The Alphabet Sandwich

  1. Christina
    April 7, 2014 at 9:43 am (10 years ago)

    How creative!! Though I’m not sure I would want to take a bite… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nick Chipman
      April 7, 2014 at 9:44 am (10 years ago)

      Yeah, it really wasn’t very functional as an actual sandwich.

      • Jared J
        April 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm (10 years ago)

        Maybe if you added a couple more pieces of garlic bread in the sandwich you could eat it in sections lol thats the only way i can see that it could be devoured

  2. Prince Shawn
    April 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm (10 years ago)

    Something I would definitely try. Just have to figure how to hit it in my mouth first. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yo mom
      April 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm (10 years ago)

      Thats what she said

  3. Hernando
    April 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm (10 years ago)

    Great idea for language teachers

  4. Daxia
    April 7, 2014 at 11:15 pm (10 years ago)

    I might change Ramen noodles to Red tomato and Krispy Kreme to Kale:)

  5. Jeff
    April 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm (10 years ago)

    Here’s one a bit more edible!

    Avocado, Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Dijon mustard, Egg, Feta, Garlic bologna, Ham, Iceberg lettuce, Jalapenos, Kale, Leeks, Meatloaf, New York strip steak, Onions, Pepperoncini, Queso Blanco, Romaine lettuce, Shallots, Turkey, Udon, Vinaigrette, Wasabi, Xavier steak, Zucchini

    • steve
      April 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm (10 years ago)

      You are missing your Y food, may I suggest yellow peppers

      • Nick Chipman
        April 11, 2014 at 8:14 am (10 years ago)

        Nope, I had yams on the sandwich, but yellow peppers would have been awesome as well!

        • infinity
          April 13, 2014 at 11:58 pm (10 years ago)

          I think Steve was referring to Jeff’s list of sandwich ingredients.. seems his is also missing some kind of bread to make it a proper sandwich though..

  6. Rfgs
    April 9, 2014 at 12:24 am (10 years ago)

    “Quest Blanco”? Queso blanco, maybe?

    • Nick Chipman
      April 9, 2014 at 7:28 am (10 years ago)

      Good catch! I just fixed it!

      • JustGene
        April 10, 2014 at 6:27 am (10 years ago)

        And you do realize that “queso” is just another word for “cheese”, right? Seems a little redundant to have cheese on the list twice.

        • Nick Chipman
          April 10, 2014 at 7:00 am (10 years ago)

          Wait, really!? It is!? Of course I knew that queso is another word for cheese, but it’s queso blanco dip, which in my mind is at least a little bit different.

          • Amber
            April 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm (10 years ago)

            Regardless, there is never too much cheese. That argument is invalid.

      • Jared Fry
        April 13, 2014 at 9:28 am (10 years ago)

        I would not have fixed it. This is not a sandwich, it’s a quest.

  7. Nope
    April 9, 2014 at 2:43 am (10 years ago)

    Brand names shouldn’t count. Doritos can be replaced by donut, Kale for Krispy Kremes, and I assume Usingers is a brand name. Seems like te cheap way out…

    • Nick Chipman
      April 9, 2014 at 7:28 am (10 years ago)

      Hmmmmm, I guess I’ll have to do a follow up with either only brand names or no brand names.

    • That Guy that likes food
      October 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm (8 years ago)

      Doritos are a unique food item so can probably work. Same goes for oreos.

  8. Steph
    April 9, 2014 at 3:35 am (10 years ago)

    Ok, so I stumbled upon your blog a few Months back when one of my Facebook friends posted your 100% cheese, grilled cheese sandwich and I’ve been hooked ever since…this amazing monstrosity had to be my favorite thing you’ve done since I’ve seen your McEverything concept! As a fellow Wisconsinite I am proud tip say I live in the same state as you, as a culinarian I am humbled by your creativity, and (embarrassingly enough) as a girl I think I’m getting a crush on your foodie personality that comes out with each story. All I have to say is, I truly hope I run into you during your quest for awesome food, and if you ever need any ideas I’d be more than willing to introduce you to some of my not-so-well-known favorites in the area!

    Thank you for your constant entertainment

    • Nick Chipman
      April 9, 2014 at 7:34 am (10 years ago)

      Thanks for all the kind words Steph! Yeah, if you’ve got any favorites in the area send them over! I go out a lot, but always just end up going to the same places over and over so I’m always looking for new places to check out.

  9. heart attack
    April 9, 2014 at 5:47 am (10 years ago)

    G = Grilled Cheese Sandwhiches as in Grilled Cheeses for the top and bottom (a la triple bypass burger.)
    and I chuckled at L = lettuce. Seemed rather pointless at that point.

  10. Shannon
    April 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm (10 years ago)

    I’d eat everything in that sandwich except for the avacado, jalapeno, queso, bratwurst, veal parmesan, yams and zucchini. I’d replace them with
    applesause, jelly/jam, kiwifruit, quesadilla, tomato, and vanilla.

    • adventurechomp
      May 5, 2015 at 11:36 pm (9 years ago)

      EW, what!?

  11. dave
    April 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm (10 years ago)

    This is a cool idea. There could be a spinoff version as a grilled cheese, a cheese for every letter:

    Asiago, Brie, Camembere, Dubliner, Edam, Fontina, Ghouda, Harlech, Iberico, Jarlsberg, Kasseri, Limburger, Munster, Neufchatel, Oaxaca, Parmesean, (? For Q – Quark, Maybe), Reypenaer, Swiss, Taleggio, (? For U and V, although I guess you could technically say Vermont Cheddar as a V), White Stilton, (? For X, Y and Z)

    It’s a start…

    • Nick Chipman
      April 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm (10 years ago)

      OK, this REALLY needs to happen! I might need to give it a shot. I wonder if I could do it with all Wisconsin cheeses since there are tons of awesome cheeses here in Wisconsin.

      • Willy
        April 12, 2014 at 2:12 am (10 years ago)

        Hmmm… Think that’s prolly the ONLY good reason to be in Wisconsin!

    • Joan
      June 11, 2015 at 4:28 pm (9 years ago)

      I love cheese – I live for cheese – I am cheese – so there are always little bitty bits left at the end of the week. They all go in the mac and cheese. The bad part is I can never tell what’s in there if it turns out to be the BEST EVER. Doesn’t matter – there will be more…

  12. Tracy Tran
    April 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm (10 years ago)

    I love this whole sandwich and I want to try it. If there is one change to make, fish sticks needs to replace with french fries. That’s more of an appropriate F food. Other than that, I would take a bite of this bad boy.

  13. Brad
    April 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm (10 years ago)

    M should be Mozzarella Sticks.

  14. Dan
    April 12, 2014 at 10:54 am (10 years ago)

    Minus the fish sticks. A-G sounds like a pretty good standalone sandwich!

  15. April
    April 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm (10 years ago)

    Maybe you could do a pizza version of this sandwich? I think that might be more manageable to eat. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and I agree with Dave’s comment above. Ultimate alphabet cheese pizza, anyone? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Marin
    April 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm (10 years ago)

    It looks like the trifle Rachel made once (friends episode).

  17. Gary Z
    May 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm (10 years ago)

    Why isn’t it assembled A-Z?

    • Nick Chipman
      May 20, 2014 at 7:08 am (10 years ago)

      That’s a good idea, but I’m guessing that avocado would make a terrible base for a sandwich.

  18. Marlene
    July 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm (10 years ago)

    I bet Lettuce was the hardest choice for L!

  19. My name be puddin'
    November 27, 2014 at 1:57 am (10 years ago)

    The sandwich was really good…….dsahIEIRJCEHIADSUIO sorry, just had a heart attack.

    • Nick Chipman
      December 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm (10 years ago)

      That’s awesome! Thanks for figuring it out!

  20. Gung
    June 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi there, I read your blog on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is awesome, keep up the good work!


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