The Crisp Sandwich — Ireland’s National Dish

The national dish of Ireland isn’t what you think it is. It’s not some meaty stew, or something made with potatoes. No, it’s the humble — and slightly absurd — crisp sandwich.

The crisp sandwich is simple. It’s two slices of white bread, thickly buttered (with real, salted Irish butter) stuffed with crisps — preferably Tayto Cheese & Onion. How or why this dish came to be a staple for lazy Saturdays is unknown. What is clear, is that it plays a pretty big role in Irish culture.

Tayto, the manufacturer of the crisp of choice has a theme park an hour from Dublin. They’ve just opened Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster. I’m not making this up.

A Tayto pop up shop opened in the capital city selling crisp sandwiches. There were regularly lines out the door.

And now, Ireland’s partially nationalised airline Aer Lingus is selling them on their flights. It’s impossible to find such universal acclaim for any other Irish dish.

If you visit Ireland, you’ll be able to get the full experience of a crisp sambo, complete with Tayto and Kerrygold butter. If you’re anywhere else around the world, it’s a hard dish to replicate. Only the Irish and the British have the same love for cheese and onion crisps; everyone else (possibly rightly) considers it an absolutely crazy flavour. Regardless, if you’re up for a challenge, try and track down a pack in specialty stores and make your own crisp sandwich at home. You won’t regret it.

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