How to Make the Perfect Sandwich
The question is of today are: How to make the perfect sandwich? And the short answer is: You can't. But the long answer is: It's complicated...
...First you need to choose bread. Then if and how you want to heat the bread. Then you have the whole range of filling. And should you grill it?
Lost in translation
My mothers language is and will always be Swedish. And we have different words for different sandwiches. You might say that we got a smorgasbord of sandwiches. Following is some of the words we got, with explanation.
- Macka or Smörgås - A sandwich made of only one slice of bread in the bottom.
- Dubbelmacka - A sandwich made of two slices of bread at the top and bottom.
- Landgång - A sandwich made of a slice of bread, cut from the long side of a loaf.
- Smörgåstårta - A sandwich and cake crossover.
- Fralla - A sandwich made from a bun.
- Baguette - A sandwich made of a small loaf cut open like a hot-dog-bun.
So imagine my trouble when trying to make a sandwich.
I will write in English as much as I can. But as I don't want anything lost in translation, I need to write in several language. But when I do, I will explain what it is.
White, grain of black? Okay, good choice. Now, which type?
White is for the classier occasion, grain is when you are healthy and black is when you need something that puts hair on your chest.
And some breads have seed additives in them, like sunflower seed and wheat bran. If a white or black have additives, it becomes a grain crossover.
And then you have the different types:
- Loaf - (English) A long piece of bread that is ment to cut slices from.
- Bun - (English) A small piece ment to bu cut in two.
- Bagel - (English) A ring-shaped bread.
- Baguette - (French) A long and thin bread made to be cut open like a hot-dug bun.
- Knäckebröd - (Swedish) A hard bread
- Tunnbröd - (Swedish) Like a tortilla-bread, but made with flour.
- Sub - (English) Like a baguette, but softer crust.
Should you heat the bread? And how?
You don't have to heads the bread. But if you do, it becomes more crispier.
You may heat it in the microwave to just have it warmer for a newly baked feel. Or you toast it for that toasty feel. Or you can fry it in a pan with some butter.
The range of topping
You can literally have anything for a sandwich topping. Anything from a sad slice of ham to something grand as roasted kangaroo. But without some guidance, we will have anarchy. And I would say enough when you have two kinds of meat, two kinds of cheese, three kinds of vegetables and one sauce (or less).
Feeling dry with the imagination, here are some examples.
- Smoked ham
- Boiled ham
- Dried ham
- Smoked sausage
- Pulled pork
- Veal sausage
- Chicken breast
- Fish fillet
- Leftover meat
- Monterey Jack
- Pepper Jack
- Cream cheese
- Spring onion
- Garlic dressing
- Thousand island
- Rhode island
- French hot-dog dressing
- Sweet n' sour
- Scandinavian seafood with mayonnaise
Should you grill it?
If you want, you can take the sandwich to a whole new level and stick it in a pan or on the BBQ and make it a "grilled cheese". Or put it in the oven and make a "melted cheese". (As you see, cheese is a must).
Or you eat it just the way it is.
Swedish shrimp sandwich (Räkmacka)
- White bread
Swedish west coast sandwich (Västkustsmörgås)
Salami & brie
- Smoked sausage
- White mold cheese
Ham & cheese