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Sandwich Recipe Ideas

Updated on January 8, 2015

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh
For any sandwich to be successful, the most important word to remember is "Fresh". From designer breads to cheeses to greens, onions, tomatoes and spreads, begin only with fresh. There is a difference. Don't be afraid to be creative when it comes to the types of breads available for sandwiches. Keep in mind that sandwiches needn't be sliced in the same dull ways. Instead of two slices of bread re-sliced into four club sections, why not try a large round loaf of freshly baked bread sliced "pie style". Fill the sandwiches and replace in the original bread shape for a different presentation. Hungry people feel more satisfied when the presentation of their food is extra special. Even though the ingredients may be somewhat familiar, present it in a very different style and watch the reaction.

Refresh Sandwich Ingredients For a Different Taste Appeal
When searching for new ingredients from which to concoct a sandwich, think "theme" and then choose ingredients that set that theme. Going TexMex? Why not try taco shells instead of bread? Or, for a real taste treat begin the sandwiches with cornbread. A really fun way to enjoy sandwiches for a luncheon or even a casual evening get-together is a "Sandwich Soiree" where a complete selection of breads, meats, spreads and accompanying greens and relishes are served buffet style. Guests get to choose their favorites and it saves a lot of serving time. Don't be afraid to venture off into different "themes" for sandwiches. There's nothing like a grilled ham sandwich with a Polynesian flair. Just add a bit of pineapple to the grill or create a mango salsa for a delicious relish. Going a little more "Earl of Sandwich" upscale? Look for the freshest Stilton or other English cheeses. Serve grated or sliced so guests can help themselves. With thinly sliced chicken on freshly baked bread and a lovely watercress mayo spread, the evening will be a jolt to Merry Old England for certain.

Sandwiches should never be boring. Even a bologna sandwich gets a refreshing new appeal when served German style on thick slices of darkest pumpernickel. Don't forget the slices of purple onion or the green pickle relish. Of course, for a dainty ladies luncheon, the finger sandwiches offered should be as delicate as flower petals. As a matter of fact, flower petals can be part of the finger sandwiches. Many blossoms such as violet and nasturtium are edible. Just be sure to choose only edible blossoms. Then, surprise guests with colored breads that create a veritable artist's palette of color. Cucumber, water cress and chive blossom sandwiches are a graceful offering for "ladies who lunch". Accompany these delicate sandwiches with sandwich spreads that make as much of a trend-setting statement. Lemon, orange or mint mayo spreads accompany most of these very easily.

Dessert Sandwiches
Don't forget to serve "dessert" sandwiches. "Breads" can be pound cake, waffles, pancakes or crepes. Fruit, ice cream or mousse fillings with candy "relishes" sate the sweet tooth nicely.


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