So when we got to the party last night, we discovered that tramezzini are actually little tea sandwiches filled with creamy, pate-like stuff, not the chunky-funky things we came up with. Also, their crusts were all removed. Oops, oh well, now we know. Everybody else's offerings looked like these British finger sandwiches (photo courtesy of whatscookingamerica.net) except that in Milan, you'll find these things at almost every bar during the Aperitivo hour. So they're usually consumed with a glass of house red, not a cup of tea. Of the 10 contest entries, I remember a few highlights: "Noce e Zola" a puree of ground walnuts with gorgonzola, "Paco De Lucia" chopped shrimp, guacamole and some other delicious stuff, "Apriti Sesame" roasted eggplant and zucchini pureed with cream cheese and drizzled with fresh (not roasted) sesame oil, and "Opera Prima" thinly-sliced roast beef, lettuce and some type of Tuscan poor-man's pate.
The rating sheets held 4 categories: aesthetics, originality, portability and overall likeability. So our ignorance gave us one advantage: originality since NOBODY had ever thought to put chunky, fall-aparty things in a tramezzino (see my recipe here), and one disadvantage: portability as the aforementioned fall-aparty things were, well, falling apart.
Result? Well, I won! Isn't that something? This here's my trophy. Paola spent the afternoon combing the little boutiques in search of a tramezzino-shaped gift for the winner and she came up with this. It's a holder for tramezzini forks! Now I'll have to host my own tramezzino party.