Pic-a-Nic Sand­wich

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In­spired by Yogi Bear’s ob­ses­sion with “pic-a-nic bas­kets,” Michael Hol­land of Hol­land’s Cake and Shake in­tro­duces his own pic-a-nic in a bun. Known for his in­ge­nious sand­wich cre­ations, Hol­land has con­densed the clas­sic sum­mer­time pic­nic into a hand­held roll: smoked deli chicken, gravy mayo, home­made mac­a­roni salad, fried chicken bread­ing, and chips. Close your eyes, take a bite, and imag­ine your­self loung­ing on a red­check­ered blan­ket as the breeze ruf­fles your hair. $6.65. Hol­land’s Cake and Shake, 229 Arm­strong St.

The back­story: “I thought about sum­mer and what you’d have in a pic­nic, then added ev­ery­thing to­gether.”

The mayo: “If you add gravy flavour­ing to may­on­naise, it’s the per­fect tex­ture for spread­ing on a sand­wich. I don’t do hot sand­wiches in the sum­mer, so this gives you that sense of hav­ing gravy with­out the real thing. Real cold gravy would be kind of dis­gust­ing and gelati­nous!”

The bread­ing: “I mix flour with all the spices I would use to make bread­ing — pa­prika, cayenne, gar­lic — then add but­ter­milk and mix it till it clumps. When I deep-fry the clumps, it be­comes that crunchy bread­ing that you as­so­ciate with eat­ing fried chicken. I crum­ble it and add it into the sand­wich for crunch and tex­ture.”

The ex­pe­ri­ence: “You’re go­ing to feel like you’re hav­ing a pic­nic in your mouth — ev­ery­thing you’d ever want in a pic­nic and all at the same time” —Michael Hol­land

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