When the Earl of Sandwich first used two pieces of bread to transform his lunch into a portable, handheld meal, he not only revolutionized the way we eat; he also created a new category of food. Since then, however, there hasn’t been much in the way of sandwich innovation—at least not until recently, when chefs started swapping out tried and true pieces of bread for other foods.
While some breadless sandwiches are worth eating for the novelty (we’re looking at you, Krispy Kreme cheeseburger), others offer an infinitely improved sandwich-eating experience. The option to swap out bread for something else means chefs have the chance to play with textures and add a whole new (literal) layer of flavor. This year, take advantage of the sandwich’s break from bread by trying one of these five breadless sandwiches from across the country.
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Savory Doughnut Duo Sandwich at Forma, Los Angeles
The newly opened Los Angeles restaurant and cheese bar garnered buzz for their pastas finished in massive wheels of cheese, but it earned a cult following when chef Piero Topputo introduced the savory doughnut sandwich. Growing up in Puglia, Topputo's mother used to stuff and fry leftover focaccia dough to make crispy, bite-size snacks. As an adult testing out pizza dough, Topputo was inspired by those childhood treats to fry up the extra dough and make savory doughnut-like puffs to use as sandwich buns. Ultra-crispy on the outside and fried to order, the rolls are sliced open and stuffed with two fillings: stracciatella cheese, prosciutto, tomato sauce and arugula; and spicy nduja sausage and marinated zucchini. One order comes with both sandwiches served on a wooden board. formarestaurant.com