Inspiration and history

So we were sitting around at work today talking about our upcoming charity dinner that we prepare, and since I’m Head Chefette, I had suggested open-faced ‘build your own’ turkey sandwiches. I selected Kaiser Rolls instead of plain old white or wheat bread, because I believe the Kaisers will hold up tremendously better than thin slices of bread.

Some folks had not heard of a Kaiser Roll before. Which kind of surprised me; I thought it was a pretty common name for that type of roll. We pondered aloud, though, why “Kaiser”? Was it named for Kaiser Wilhelm? Was it some immigrant’s last name?

Turns out the Kaiser was named for Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria, and concocted in the same country. Now we know; now you know.

If the Kaiser Roll you choose is as crusty as the dude it was named for, then, that’s a good thing.


sliced white breast of turkey, hot or cold
mashed potatoes
cornbread stuffing
cranberry-orange relish, fresh (not canned!)
turkey gravy

Lightly toast roll halves. Layer a bit of turkey on the roll; follow with your choice of potatoes, stuffing, gravy, relish.


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