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How to Make the Ultimate Ham and Egg Sandwich

"I felt that the sandwich in Britain needed a bit of help, so I tried to put as much culinary effort into making a sandwich as most people would put into a restaurant main course.”

by Munchies Staff
Feb 12 2017, 3:00pm
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

When it comes to sandwiches, there are those worth eating and then there are those worth committing any number of unspeakable, spine-chilling acts in order to obtain the privilege of eating.

Max Halley's ham, eggs, and chips sandwich most certainly falls into the latter category. The sandwich, which consists of stock-drenched ham hock, crispy shoestring chips, a decadent fried egg, vibrant piccalilli, and plenty of malt vinegar mayo to cut all that unctuous fat, happens to be the first Halley ever created for his North London restaurant, Max's Sandwich Shop.

Halley takes all the best Britain has to offer and ties it together in one elegant bundle that could easily rival New York's pastrami sandwich or Montreal's smoked meat sandwich. As he told us previously, "There, within all of those things, layered up in the right order, was a classic pub lunch."

RECIPE: Ham, Eggs, and Chips Sandwich

So just why did Halley—who cut his teeth at the likes of Brindisa, LeCoq, Arbutus, and the Salt Yard—dive headfirst into the world of sandwiches? "I felt that the sandwich in Britain needed a bit of help, so I tried to put as much culinary effort into making a sandwich as most people would put into a restaurant main course."

While we certainly aren't quick to condone upsetting the elderly, this is definitely a sandwich worth committing acts so repugnant, they would rock your grandmother to her wizened core.

Now that's a promise worth making a sandwich over.