2017-01-25 / Front Page

A delicious accident

Claremont deli recipe voted among sandwiches to 'try before you die'

Farro Deli owner Mike Hammond makes The New Englander Panini. — ALLAN STEINFarro Deli owner Mike Hammond makes The New Englander Panini. — ALLAN STEINCLAREMONT — Mike Hammond, owner of Farro Deli in Claremont, said that some of his most popular kitchen creations have happened by accident.

About three months ago, Hammond and his staff were brainstorming ingredients for a new hot panini sandwich, and someone mentioned cinnamon bread.

Not just any cinnamon bread, but cinnamon bread made by April Woodman at the 100 Mile Market in Claremont.   

Add ham, cheddar, baby spinach, honey mustard mayo and sliced Granny Smith apples, and the result was The New Englander Panini.

This month, the sandwich was voted the number one choice of “9 New Hampshire Sandwiches You Have to Try Before You Die” on OnlyInYourState.com.

“OnlyInYourState takes a fun, informal approach to helping readers discover things to do in each of the 50 states,” according to the site, which is read by more than 30,000 people per month.

The site described The New Englander Panini as a “unique combination of tastes that is sure to warm you up on even the coldest day.”

Hammond said the crew at Farro Deli wanted only local ingredients for their panini sandwich project.

So, they added North Country Smokehouse ham, Cabot cheddar cheese, and Woodman’s hand-made cinnamon bread to the mix.

“We were just fooling around with what we could make for a sandwich. This is what we came up with,” Hammond said. “It smells like french toast. It’s melty and sticky — it’s delicious.”

“It’s all by accident. But it’s a good accident,” Hammond added.

In less than three months, The New Englander has become one of the most requested lunch items at Farro Deli, he said.

“This sandwich is basically everyone in the shop joining together,” said Farro Deli employee Caroline Miller. “I think what makes it so popular is we use bread from 100 Mile Market.”

At 100 Mile Market, Woodman was busy making a big, puffy loaf of cinnamon bread Tuesday afternoon. She said she uses only flour from King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont and cinnamon sold at Claremont Spice & Dry Goods.

She said Farro Deli also buys her marble bread to make its popular reuben sandwich, although The New Englander Panini is “a very good sandwich.”

“We all try to support each other. We depend on each other,” Woodman said of her local retail customers.

OnlyInYourState chose the two-fisted breakfast sandwich dubbed “The Thing” as the site’s Number 7 choice.

The monster sandwich is made hot and fresh at Soup’er Heros in Newport. It’s made with eggs, bacon, cheese and maple syrup between two freshly made waffles.

Not only that, “you can be a hero yourself by donating a sandwich to someone in need, which gives you a discount off your own order,” adds OnlyInYourState.

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