A non-sandwich

I belong to a group of foodie friends who get together every month or so to share a dish (or three) and EAT! We take turns hosting and the host determines the theme of the meal. Themes range from a particular ethnic cuisine -- Indian, Mexican, tapas -- to something more whimsical -- Foods on a Stick or dishes based on a pre-assigned character from Clue, the boardgame.

This group (called Moveable Feast) is made up of fun, witty, and creative people (writers, actors, directors) who happen to be fantastic cooks. So what can I say but, "oh the pressure" to come up with the right dish (and when I host, just the right theme).

The next theme is simple enough - Sandwiches. Of course the host challenged us to come up with something that was not restricted to stuff between bread...okaaay. Interesting given the dictionary.com definition of sandwich is, "two or more slices of bread or the like with a layer of meat, cheese, etc., between each pair" but that's part of the fun and the challenge.

My first instinct was to make Whoopie Pies for dessert - someone else took that right away. Which also eliminated my second choice - Nigella's Ginger Jam Bread and Butter Pudding. Granted my two first options are still somewhat traditional in that they involve bread/cake of some sort surrounding filling.

So what's a girl supposed to do? What's a non-sandwich sandwich? Other ideas I had were cornish pasties, char sui bao, or empanadas - basically things that people eat with their hands. I could also make lettuce wraps (the only thing I could think of that didn't include some kind of carb around a filling).

At posting time I'm leaning toward the lettuce wraps (exact filling TBD). It's not fabulously creative but it can be really yummy and delicious. I will keep you posted.