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If you are looking for a collection of unique and delicious sandwich combinations that will put a little more pizazz between those tired old pieces of bread, this collection is here to help. With 50 curated mouth-watering recipes featuring a wide range of flavors and ingredients, you will look forward to packed lunches, picnics, and casual dinners more than ever before.
As you may know, the sandwich is British in origin, and is named for the Earl of Sandwich, who apparently invented this medium to satisfy his need for a small handheld snack that would not dirty his hands. Technically, a sandwich is any food item that consists of one or more types of food placed between slices of bread. In this collection of recipes, you will find ideas for sandwiches containing very few ingredients (such as the vegetarian Ricotta and Honey Sandwich and the Radish and Butter Open-Faced Sandwich) that can be prepared in just a few moments’ time. These are great options for a quick snack or a light lunch. There are also recipes with unique global ingredients and cooking techniques that will test your culinary skills and expose you to new and exciting flavor combinations (like the Mahi Mahi Banh Mi Sandwich and the Southern Fried Green Tomatoes Sandwich). If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, but still tasty and enticing, try upscale versions of the tried and true classics, like the French Dipped Sandwich Turkey Avocado Club.
Regardless of what sandwich you are making, one of the first (and most important!) steps is selecting the right bread. Flimsy or flavorless bread can ruin even the best sandwich ingredients. Most of our recipes recommend a specific variety of bread that will coordinate well with the sandwich ingredients, but you can always substitute in your favorite hearty bread. If you are unsure what type of bread to use, the baker in your grocery store’s baked goods department can help you find a freshly baked loaf that will serve as the perfect housing for your sandwich.
If you are watching your carb intake, try using flatbreads, tortillas, pitas, or even replacing bread altogether with fresh leaf lettuce. Iceberg lettuce creates a satisfying crunch, but may need to be placed in a wax paper or plastic wrapping to maintain its shape. Bib lettuce is a great alternative because it is flexible and less likely to break. Love the traditional taste of fresh baked bread? You can convert any sandwich to an open-faced version by using one piece of bread and layering the ingredients on top. With this flexibility, today’s sandwich is so much more than an ingredient or two layered between bread – it can be nearly whatever you want it to be!
In that spirit, feel free to experiment with the suggested ingredients to craft your own unique sandwich varieties. You will impress your friends and family with your creations at your next get together. Remember that any of our sandwiches can be sliced into smaller portions to serve as the basis for a delicious party or appetizer tray. Happy sandwiching!