Lancashire Times
A Voice of the Free Press
2:00 PM 25th December 2021

The Christmas Day Leftovers Sandwich Is Better Than The Lunch Itself

Researchers polled the nation and discovered the true depths of Britain’s love of a festive sandwich, with as many as 70 percent agreeing that they PREFER it to Christmas lunch.

A further 37 percent insist that the creation of the classic leftovers sandwich is an actual art form.

According to those surveyed, the perfect sandwich should contain precisely three slices of turkey, two thin slices of ham, two and a half-sliced pigs in blankets, one spoon of cranberry sauce and an even spread of bread sauce.

It should also contain two cold slices of roast potato, one generous squirt of mayo, while both slices of bread should be buttered - and there should be a liberal sprinkling of salt.

Bread wise, white sliced topped the list (33 percent), followed closely by granary (29 percent), while 23 percent opted for a sourdough with their festive sarnie.

The study, by squeezy cheese brand Primula, found that more than seven in ten (71 percent) admit they like to take their time making the post lunch sandwich, as you cannot rush perfection.

The survey found that, for most Brits (38 percent) the first sandwich made from leftovers is enjoyed on Christmas Day evening in front of the TV.

A more patient one in ten (12 percent) wait until breakfast on Boxing Day to create their masterpiece, while 32 percent have the willpower to hang on until lunchtime on the 26th.

An adventurous 34 percent of Brits like to pimp up their Christmas sandwich, with 17 percent opting for squeezy cheese, 27 percent adding a sliced Yorkshire pudding, 31 percent heating things up with a splash of hot sauce and 34 percent even adding crisps.

While one in ten like to make a “moistener” - soaking a slice of bread in gravy and inserting it into the middle of their sandwich - and nine percent pan fry their sanger to add a crispness to the bread, while more than one in 20 (six percent) even deep fry their sandwich.

Gareth Watson, brand manager at Primula cheese, said:
“This year, it’s predicted that many Brits are going to look to take the humble Christmas sandwich up a notch. Getting creative with leftovers is the perfect timesaver and budget friendly solution for creating a great tasting meal.

“In the run-up to Christmas, we’ve been working with Michelin-trained TikTok sensation, Poppy Cooks to turn some of the season’s most luxurious and festive favourites into easy-to-make and budget friendly alternatives.”

Speaking about the research and partnership, Tik Tok star Poppy Cooks, said:
“Christmas truly is one of the most indulgent food moments in the calendar - but delicious festive dishes shouldn't be out of reach for anyone, and it shouldn't have to take you hours to make something to seriously impress guests either. So, I was very excited to be asked to get creative and come up with a couple of dupes of Christmas classics with Primula, as the secret helper to get delicious cheesy recipes on the menu that won't break the bank.”

When it comes to the perfect accompaniment to a Christmas sandwich, a resounding 33 percent said a cup of tea was the only thing to wash it down, while 15 percent like to sip a Baileys, and a further 15 percent favour a glass of champagne.

Overall, 67 percent agree that a homemade Christmas sandwich is far superior to a shop bought one.

And over the week of “twixmas” - the time between Christmas and NY - the average Brit will devour four leftover sandwiches.

For more information on Primula and its Easy Squeezy Christmas campaign, visit