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11 Wild and Crazy Sandwich Mashups

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I’m not a big fan of the word “mashup” when applied to art or videos, because the words “combination,” “crossover,” or just “mix” will do just fine. The neologism “mashup” makes me think of food, so the term makes sense when applied to these sandwiches that are a fusion of different styles, ingredients, or unrelated recipes. Note that I use the term “sandwich” pretty loosely as well.

1. Cubano Corn Dog

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The delicious Cuban sandwich is made with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. American fair fare is made by deep-frying food on a stick. To adapt the Cuban sandwich to the fair food format, Perry Santanachote made the shredded pork, cubed ham, cheese, and pickle relish stick together with gelatin long enough to dip it in cornbread batter and deep-fry it. The gelatin cooks away, but the cornbread shell holds all those ingredients inside. By then it is essentially a corn dog with a much better meat filling. Get the entire recipe at Thrillist

2. Funnel Cake Burger

While we’re on fair foods, surely you’ve thought of the versatility of the classic funnel cake. They are fairly flat and can be made in any size, so why not use one for a hamburger bun? Josh at Culinary Brodown explains how to do it, and includes a recipe for a savory funnel cake that has no sugar in it. And a ketchup recipe that does. You can still add powdered sugar if you like your burger on the sweet side, but that’s a matter of preference.

3. Reuben Sandwich Pot Pie

When is a sandwich a pie, and vice-versa? When you want it to be! If you love the taste of a Reuben sandwich, you can make it hot, tasty, and special to impress someone with the Reuben Sandwich Pot Pie from Stef at the Cupcake Project. It’s got the classic corned beef and sauerkraut inside a savory crust made with rye flour, with a Swiss cheese sauce and more rye and Swiss in the crumbly topping.

4. Cheeseburger Pop Tart

Self-described “Burger pervert” Mathew Ramsey of Pornburger managed to make a cheeseburger in the form of a pop tart. No sweets, just all savory burger in a toaster pastry crust.

This after school special is a meme-nto of my childhood: a smashed grass-fed beef patty, with a bacon onion jam, melty cheddar cheese, in a buttery pop tart pastry.

Alas, there are no instructions included for making your own, a fact that had commenters raking him over the coals for. If you can get the ingredients, you can make this your own.

5. Apple Pie Grilled Cheese

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My mother always loved a slice of cheddar cheese with her apple pie. And she makes a good apple pie. If you appreciate those two flavors together, try an Apple Pie Grilled Cheese. These are small double-crust apple pies that make a sandwich when you put cheese between two of them and melt it. Fancy! Get the complete recipe at Thrillist.

6. Koopa Troopa Bacon Turtle Burger

Ooh, this is a perfect sandwich for a kid’s birthday party, or a video game night! Dress up your bacon turtle burgers as Super Mario Koopa Troopa turtles with colored, edible shells. They’ve got hamburger, hot dogs, and bacon inside and visual appeal outside, so take pictures before you eat them. They won’t last long. Get all the steps for making them at Instructables.

7. Ramen Hoagie Roll

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You can put your choice of sandwiches inside ramen noodles when you make a Ramen Hoagie roll. You use two packages of noodles, somewhat cooked, and then formed into a roll shape and baked. It’s a bit crispy, but if you love ramen, this will made a great sandwich with something like Philly cheesesteak or meatballs with marinara or even cold cuts inside.

8. French Fry Hamburger Bun

Why have a side order of fries when you can have them on your burger? Oh, you’re right, that’s a lot of carbs (as if you weren’t getting that with fries on the side). What if you were able to get rid of the bun, and use fries as the bun? Genius. The French Fry Bun is made with real French fries. Nick Chipman at Dude Foods made this by using edible glue to connect a row of fries together long enough to serve a hamburger patty and fixin’s between two of them. If this seems like more trouble than you’d prefer, Chapman also has a scheme for using hash browns for a sandwich bun.

9. Dog in a Dog

This is a fusion of a Dachshund and a hot dog. A wiener dog and a wiener. Dog in a Dog is a hot dog wrapped in dinner roll dough in the shape of a dog. The eyes are cheese and black beans. You may have to do this a few times to get it to look right, but what fun that will be!

10. Cheerios Coated Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Photograph by Yvonne Ruperti.

This sandwich is like combining breakfast and lunch, except that you know as well as I do that a grilled cheese for breakfast and a bowl of cereal any time of the day is perfectly fine. But when you want both, Serious Eats shows us how to encrust a grilled cheese with Cheerios by using melted cheese as the glue. And we can use any excuse to add more melted cheese to a sandwich! You can substitute other kinds of cereals, but I might have to draw the line at using Froot Loops.

11. The Double Decker Mac & Cheese Stuffed Bacon Weave Taco

Nick Chipman at Dude Foods went out on a limb to combine all his favorites into a supreme taco mashup. First he made a couple of bacon weave taco shells, which is bacon, but once it’s woven, can be used to hold other foods in place. Then he put your everyday taco ingredients into one, filled the other with delicious macaroni and cheese, then nested the taco inside the mac-and-cheese taco. The result is the Double Decker Mac & Cheese Stuffed Bacon Weave Taco. It’s a good thing all your favorite foods are in there, because you’ve not only filled your calorie limit for the day, you’ve probably also exceeded your sodium limit for the week.

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4 Expert Tips on How to Get the Most Out of August's Total Solar Eclipse
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As you might have heard, there’s a total solar eclipse crossing the U.S. on August 21. It’s the first total solar eclipse in the country since 1979, and the first coast-to-coast event since June 8, 1918, when eclipse coverage pushed World War I off the front page of national newspapers. Americans are just as excited today: Thousands are hitting the road to stake out prime spots for watching the last cross-country total solar eclipse until 2045. We’ve asked experts for tips on getting the most out of this celestial spectacle.

1. DON’T FRY YOUR EYES—OR BREAK THE BANK

To see the partial phases of the eclipse, you will need eclipse glasses because—surprise!—staring directly at the sun for even a minute or two will permanently damage your retinas. Make sure the glasses you buy meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standards. As eclipse frenzy nears its peak, shady retailers are selling knock-off glasses that will not adequately protect your eyes. The American Astronomical Society keeps a list of reputable vendors, but as a rule, if you can see anything other than the sun through your glasses, they might be bogus. There’s no need to splurge, however: You can order safe paper specs in bulk for as little as 90 cents each. In a pinch, you and your friends can take turns watching the partial phases through a shared pair of glasses. As eclipse chaser and author Kate Russo points out, “you only need to view occasionally—no need to sit and stare with them on the whole time.”

2. DON’T DIY YOUR EYE PROTECTION

There are plenty of urban legends about “alternative” ways to protect your eyes while watching a solar eclipse: smoked glass, CDs, several pairs of sunglasses stacked on top of each other. None works. If you’re feeling crafty, or don’t have a pair of safe eclipse glasses, you can use a pinhole projector to indirectly watch the eclipse. NASA produced a how-to video to walk you through it.

3. GET TO THE PATH OF TOTALITY

Bryan Brewer, who published a guidebook for solar eclipses, tells Mental Floss the difference between seeing a partial solar eclipse and a total solar eclipse is “like the difference between standing right outside the arena and being inside watching the game.”

During totality, observers can take off their glasses and look up at the blocked-out sun—and around at their eerily twilit surroundings. Kate Russo’s advice: Don’t just stare at the sun. “You need to make sure you look above you, and around you as well so you can notice the changes that are happening,” she says. For a brief moment, stars will appear next to the sun and animals will begin their nighttime routines. Once you’ve taken in the scenery, you can use a telescope or a pair of binoculars to get a close look at the tendrils of flame that make up the sun’s corona.

Only a 70-mile-wide band of the country stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will experience the total eclipse. Rooms in the path of totality are reportedly going for as much as $1000 a night, and news outlets across the country have raised the specter of traffic armageddon. But if you can find a ride and a room, you'll be in good shape for witnessing the spectacle.

4. PRESERVE YOUR NIGHT VISION

Your eyes need half an hour to fully adjust to darkness, but the total eclipse will last less than three minutes. If you’ve just been staring at the sun through the partial phases of the eclipse, your view of the corona during totality will be obscured by lousy night vision and annoying green afterimages. Eclipse chaser James McClean—who has trekked from Svalbard to Java to watch the moon blot out the sun—made this rookie mistake during one of his early eclipse sightings in Egypt in 2006. After watching the partial phases, with stray beams of sunlight reflecting into his eyes from the glittering sand and sea, McClean was snowblind throughout the totality.

Now he swears by a new method: blindfolding himself throughout the first phases of the eclipse to maximize his experience of the totality. He says he doesn’t mind “skipping the previews if it means getting a better view of the film.” Afterward, he pops on some eye protection to see the partial phases of the eclipse as the moon pulls away from the sun. If you do blindfold yourself, just remember to set an alarm for the time when the total eclipse begins so you don’t miss its cross-country journey. You'll have to wait 28 years for your next chance.

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IKEA Publishes Instructions for Turning Rugs Into Game of Thrones Capes
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Game of Thrones is one of the most expensive TV shows ever produced, but even the crew of the hit HBO series isn’t above using an humble IKEA hack behind the scenes. According to Mashable, the fur capes won by Jon Snow and other members of the Night’s Watch on the show are actually sheepskin rugs sold by the home goods chain.

The story behind the iconic garment was first revealed by head costume designer Michele Clapton at a presentation at Los Angeles’s Getty Museum in 2016. “[It’s] a bit of a trick,” she said at Designing the Middle Ages: The Costumes of GoT. “We take anything we can.”

Not one to dissuade customers from modifying its products, IKEA recently released a cape-making guide in the style of its visual furniture assembly instructions. To start you’ll need one of their Skold rugs, which can be bought online for $79. Using a pair of scissors cut a slit in the material and make a hole where your head will go. Slip it on and you’ll look ready for your Game of Thrones debut.

The costume team makes a few more changes to the rugs used on screen, like shaving them, adding leather straps, and waxing and “frosting” the fur to give it a weather-worn effect. Modern elements are used to make a variety of the medieval props used in Game of Thrones. The swords, for example, are made from aircraft aluminum, not steel. For more production design insights, check out these behind-the-scenes secrets of Game of Thrones weapons artists.

[h/t Mashable]

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