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Old 03-13-2016, 04:21 AM   #141
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How does the gravy stay ON the bread without sinking into it?
It is supposed to sink into the bread. This isn't a sandwich you pick up to eat. Oh, and the gravy goes on top of the meat, there's only one slice of bread.
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Old 03-13-2016, 06:17 AM   #142
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It is supposed to sink into the bread. This isn't a sandwich you pick up to eat. Oh, and the gravy goes on top of the meat, there's only one slice of bread.
I see so it's a loose definition of what a sandwich is then...kind of deconstructed?

I prefer gravy sinking into mash!
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:18 AM   #143
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I see so it's a loose definition of what a sandwich is then...kind of deconstructed?

I prefer gravy sinking into mash!
No, it's open-faced. There's plenty of gravy for both!

I've always had it with two pieces of bread.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:20 AM   #144
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Interesting CG! I wonder if both the proper British ladies had dentures? They had an eye on us too, eating "American Burgers" animal style. No doubt we were Americans. We all had a terrible time minding our manners without eye rolling.
Who eats an "American Burger" with a knife and fork?
Our Danish exchange student did My sister, who was 11 or 12 at the time, was amazed.
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It is supposed to sink into the bread. This isn't a sandwich you pick up to eat. Oh, and the gravy goes on top of the meat, there's only one slice of bread.
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I see so it's a loose definition of what a sandwich is then...kind of deconstructed?

I prefer gravy sinking into mash!
I've had them with bread top and bottom, with mashed potatoes on the plate between the two halves of the sandwich (or sometimes the sandwich is quartered with the potatoes centered on the plate), then gravy ladled over the whole thing.
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I've had them with bread top and bottom, with mashed potatoes on the plate between the two halves of the sandwich (or sometimes the sandwich is quartered with the potatoes centered on the plate), then gravy ladled over the whole thing.
Right. The ingredients are the important thing, not the presentation.
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I've had them with bread top and bottom, with mashed potatoes on the plate between the two halves of the sandwich (or sometimes the sandwich is quartered with the potatoes centered on the plate), then gravy ladled over the whole thing.
Mash AND bread!? Getting close to the carbo overload of our chip butty!

The meat and gravy do look delish though (I would have it without the bread). Given that you are not eating it like a sandwich, what does having the bread there add, at all?
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No, it's open-faced. There's plenty of gravy for both!

I've always had it with two pieces of bread.
I call that two sandwiches.

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Our Danish exchange student did My sister, who was 11 or 12 at the time, was amazed.
That was probably a while ago. They have McDonald's now and have gotten used to hamburgers. They still eat their own open-faced sandwiches with a knife and fork.

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I've had them with bread top and bottom, with mashed potatoes on the plate between the two halves of the sandwich (or sometimes the sandwich is quartered with the potatoes centered on the plate), then gravy ladled over the whole thing.
Now that you mention it, I seem to remember having seen them served with two pieces of bread in some restos, with peas on the side.
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Mash AND bread!? Getting close to the carbo overload of our chip butty!

The meat and gravy do look delish though (I would have it without the bread). Given that you are not eating it like a sandwich, what does having the bread there add, at all?
Clearly you're not getting it, so if I were you, I would just stop worrying about it It's a fond memory of comfort food that many Americans share.
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Mash AND bread!? Getting close to the carbo overload of our chip butty!

The meat and gravy do look delish though (I would have it without the bread). Given that you are not eating it like a sandwich, what does having the bread there add, at all?
To me they are not much different than roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, another way to make a small amount of meat serve the multitudes.

“Them 'at eats t'most pudding gets t'most meat”

I think they became popular in this country during the great depression. A combination of poverty and the introduction of the automatic bread slicer in 1932.
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