Jerry Ferrara’s Fat Pilgrim Sandwich: Thanksgiving on a Bun, with French Fries
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The Pilgrims probably would have been fat if they piled French fries onto all of their Thanksgiving leftovers.
But hey—leave it to a place called Fat Sal’s to up the gluttony ante. The L.A. sandwich shop, owned by Entourage star Jerry Ferrara, is topping off a hero full of Thanksgiving goodies with a heap of fries… just because. “Everything is better with fries in it!” Ferrara tells PEOPLE.
The sandwich, called the Fat Pilgrim, teams oven-roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, the very traditional Thanksgiving condiment of mayo and, of course, the fries. Diners in L.A. line up for it at all hours (the original Fat Sal’s, also home to a sandwich heaped with chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks, is open until 5am), but for us non-Cali folk, Ferrara handed over the recipe to make at home.
It’s the perfect sandwich to throw together on Black Friday, when everything but the fries will already be in your fridge. Just make sure your stuffing is up to par: The Fat Sal’s recipe was passed down from co-owner Josh Stone’s great-grandmother, Ferrara tells PEOPLE. “It calls for a touch of cranberry and orange juice to be baked into every batch.”
Reasons to indulge: Turkey Day is why elastic was invented. Plus, the Fat Pilgrim is practically a salad compared to Ferrara’s Big Fat Fatty sandwich, a 12-pound, $50, 27-inch hero piled with cheeseburgers, jalapeño poppers, mozzarella sticks and about a dozen other things that will up your cholesterol just by looking at them. “Out of hundreds, if not thousands of attempts, only two truly amazing humans ever have been victorious over this behemoth of a sandwich: Miki Sudo and Jamie McDonald, both competitive eaters,” Ferrara says.
Maybe next Thanksgiving. For now, we say rock those stretchy pants and build yourself the fattest Pilgrim around.
Fat Pilgrim Sandwich
Bake frozen french fries according to package directions. Slice open a 9-in. hero roll and toast on a grill or grill pan. Spread mayonnaise on each cut side. Pile with stuffing, cooked turkey, french fries, cranberry sauce and gravy.