Sandwich Monday: Lard Bread | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Sandwich Monday: Lard Bread

There's a thing you can find, mostly in Brooklyn, called lard bread. It's bread, with cured pork baked right into it, and it's not the slightest bit embarrassed about its name. We had ours imported from Brooklyn's Mazzola Bakery.

Eva: Now I know when people call me "lard bread" they mean it as a compliment.

Miles: Hard outside with a ham surprise inside. This is the closest we'll ever come to a meat piñata.

Robert: It's called "lard bread?" This is a meal with a PR problem.

Ian: Just goes to show you can't judge a book by its cover. Speaking of which, I'd read a lot more if books had secret ham hiding in them.

Peter: I understand U.S. Customs seizes 1,000 loaves of "cocaine bread" a year. The smugglers should probably change the name.

Ian: Sure, fill bread with cured pork and it's "delicious." Fill me with cured pork and I'm "eating my feelings."

Peter: From now on I'm going to tear open every loaf of bread I get like it's a present on Christmas morning. And be horribly disappointed, much as I was on Christmas morning, because I'm Jewish.

Miles: This is really something you can only do with meat. No one's excited to find a hidden piece of kale in their bread.

Robert: Lard bread will never make it with a name like that. Nobody bought raisin bread back when we called it "shriveled up dead grape bread."

Ian: They said a guy named Barack Obama could never get elected. You say something named lard bread will never sell. My point is this bread should command the armed forces.

Miles: Beltway politics are just too rough — he'd be eaten alive.

Eva: Interestingly enough, "lard bread" was a pet name for President William Howard Taft.

Eva: So it's not really lard bread. What's bread with actual blobs of lard in it called?

Miles: Delicious.

Robert: Twinkies.

[The verdict: delicious. Perfect. There's some debate about who makes the best lard bread, so if you're in Brooklyn, it's probably best to try them all.]

Thanks to Dan Pashman of The Sporkful for pointing us toward lard bread, thus changing our lives forever.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Founders Claimed A Subversive Right To 'Nature's God'

The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, insists historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book, "Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic."
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.