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Adam Sandler and the World's Greatest Sandwich
Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich (BLT)
Remember the first time you had a BLT sandwich? If it's done right, as in the video, this is one of the best sandwiches you will ever eat.
Your favorite kind of Bacon, fried crisp, is the main ingredient. But there are options after that essential piece of meat. Like the video suggests, a very high quality bread (toasted or untoasted) is also required. Mayonaise should be spread on both halves of the sandwich, and it should definitely be mayonnaise, not 'fake mayo-like whip'.
Good sandwich tomatoes that have never been refrigerated are essential. I can't stress this enough! Once a tomato has been refrigerated, it becomes mealy and inedible. So always use a fresh, vine-ripe tomato at room temperature!
The lettuce should be Romain, not iceberg. Iceberg lettuce has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Butter lettuce is an acceptable substitute for Romain.
Optional ingredients for a BLT include:
- a pan fried egg (as in the video)
- sliced avocado (California style)
- salt and pepper
- cheese if desired, but it is not recommended for a true BLT
French Bread plus Meat Equals a French Dip Sandwich!
French Dip Sandwich
A well done french dip sandwich is quick and easy to fix using good quality fresh deli meat. If prime roast beef is available at your deli, then order up a pound or two of that, sliced thinly. Otherwise look for a premium roast beef. H.E.B. stores in Texas offer an excellent Mesquite Roasted Roast Beef that is perfect on slice guide number 2. It is low in fat and sodium, yet high in flavor.
Fresh baked French bread rolls or another similar type of fresh baked roll is needed for the sandwich.
Boar's Head Horseradish spread is perfect for giving this sandwich the complimentary tang and bite. Spread it on both sides of the roll.
No other ingredients are necessary for the perfect French Dip Sandwich except the beef broth to 'dip' it in. This is sometimes referred to as "au jus". Basically, it is made with reconstituted beef bullion, unless you roasted the meat yourself. Then you can just pour off the juices and use them.
Alternative Fixins for French Dip
Some people like to add:
- pan fried onions
But I think the Earl of Sandwich creation was simply meat and bread.
Egg Salad, Chicken Salad and Tuna Salad Sandwiches
Just ask everyone and their cousins on how to prepare egg salad, chicken salad or tuna salad for a sandwich and you will get a different recipe each and every time. The 'salad' is the spreadable mixture of creamed together ingredients. This forms the filling that goes between the two slices of bread.
How to make the filling:
- Break up your protein source in a mixing bowl - boiled eggs, chicken chunks or canned tuna.
- Add all or some of the following ingredients:
- Mayonaise, mustard or a combo of the two
- chopped sweet or dill pickles, or just use pickle relish
- chopped boiled eggs (2-3) for the chicken or tuna salad; about six chopped eggs for plain egg salad
- chopped onions
- chopped celery
- other chopped veggies or herbs of your liking
- salt, pepper, paprika, dash seasoning or other spices of your choosing
Mix together and spread a generous portion between two slices of good quality bread, toasted or untoasted. Add sliced tomatoes and enjoy. This sandwich needs some chips on the side for crunch.
Egg Salad Sandwich Warning
Egg salad sandwiches tend to produce smelly gaseous expulsions from a human body. This is a sandwich better eaten on the weekends or when you will be spending some time alone.
It's also a 'wet' sandwich and can be pretty messy to eat.
Some people just use cored out tomatoes and stuff it with egg salad. Good for low carbohydrate diets.
New Orleans Muffaletta
The New Orleans sandwich of great fame is also a cousin to the Dagwood sandwich, the Club sandwich and perhaps the plain old ham and cheese sandwich. The secret to the Muffaletta is the bread. Truthfully, the bread is the secret to any great sandwich.
The bread of the Muffaletta is a focaccia type of dense, chewy or crispy Italian artisan bread. It's a great bread for a sandwich because of its flavor and sturdiness. The bread must hold up to the condiments without getting soggy. In the case of the Muffaletta, the condiment consists of an olive tapenade. Unless you are really into making Mediterranian style food, it's best to buy the tapenade pre-made.
After spreading the fresh focaccia bread with as much or as little of the tapenade (to taste), it's time to add the cured meats and cheeses. This is a high salt, high fat sandwich. There is nothing healthy about it, but the taste is out of this world good!
Meat and cheese fillings:
Gaea Green Olive Tapenade
This all-natural tapenade can be spread on bread or sandwiches (Muffallettas), tossed with pasta, or used to season fish. It is also a delicious dip to eat with crackers or vegetables.
Chopped Meat Sandwiches!
Sloppy Joe, BBQ Beef and Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Ahhhh, the essential sandwich - meat and bread. Sloppy Joe's sandwich started out in Key West as far as anyone knows, but it spread rapidly throughout the land. Why make a layered sandwich when you can just cook the meat with seasonings and throw it between some bread?
Chopped beef sandwiches are the, pardon the term, bread and butter of barbeque joints all over Texas and other states that attempt to make barbeque. A good chopped beef sandwich consists of the 'burnt' ends and fatty parts of a great smoked brisket, chopped and mixed with a branded barbeque sauce. The meat is most of the flavor, but each maker will have a super secret blend of tangy (not sweet) BBQ meat sauce. Add a couple of pickle rounds and you're done.
Pulled pork sandwiches have recently risen in popularity. It's possible that pulled pork may be even tastier than BBQ beef. But if you're on the fence, have beef one day and pork the next and alternate.
These three sandwiches are usually served on plain hamburger buns, but go crazy and fix them on white bread, french bread, focaccia bread and any other bread. These meats go with just about any kind of bread there is.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
The basic school lunch time sandwich has become as American as they come. The only required ingredients are bread, peanut butter and jelly or jam. Until peanut allergies became so popular, this was the concoction that was packed into Roy Rogers lunch pails all over the country.
Then along came Elvis Presley and his Kingly creation. His PB&J included bananas and came to be called the "Nanner Sandwich". But it didn't stop there. Eventually, Elvis (or his cook) added honey and bacon to the Nanner Sandwich and people went on a rampage to see who could combine the strangest ingredients to make the perfect peanut butter sandwich.
Please vote for your favorite additions in the poll located on the right. If your crazy taste buds call for some other quirky ingredient, please tell us about it in the comments section below.
Strange Ingredients for PB&Js
What, from this list, have you added to peanut butter sandwiches?
Roasted Turkey for a Most Delicious Turkey Sandwich
The Thanksgiving Sandwich
Everyone in the 50 states of the U.S.A. knows that the day after the fourth Thursday in November will someday be dedicated to the Thanksgiving Sandwich. This sandwich can be made with any of the sumptuous left-overs of the Thanksgiving feast, but the tried and true combination consists of:
- fresh home made bread (or as close as you can get)
- leftover turkey stuffing - the cornbread kind is best
- cranberry sauce
- sliced, roasted turkey (maybe with a touch of turkey gravy on it)
Some people like to add mayonnaise or mustard, but it's tastier if you just add more cranberry sauce or gravy in the middle.
This turkey sandwich is great hot or cold. Many of us love to eat this sandwich year round, but it's superb on the day after Thanksgiving!
Corned Beef Rueben Sandwich
The Rueben Sandwich
Of all the ways to stack meat onto some bread and combine it with other ingredients, the Rueben Sandwich takes the prize for best taste. These ingredients do not seem to go together well, but they do. Make this sandwich at home and grill it with a panini maker. It's sandwich heaven.
Recipe for a Rueben:
- Good Dark Rye, Pumpernickel or Russian Black bread, sliced and buttered (on the outside for grilling)
- corned beef brisket, thin slices - pile it on to one or even two inches thick
- three or four slices of thin slice Swiss cheese
- a generous amount of Thousand Island or Russian dressing
- a good helping of well drained sauerkraut
Grill to desired doneness and enjoy. This sandwich has an amazing flavor.
Tortas, Submarines, Wraps, Po'boys, Grinders, Hamburgers and more.
Any combination of anything can be a sandwich. If you can put it between two slices of bread or bread-like substances and pick it up and eat with one or two hands, then it is a legitimate sandwich.
Many sandwiches are named after their inventor or the restaurant first credited with serving a branded sandwich. Some sandwiches are named for the country or locale where they originated.
If you don't see a particular type of sandwich listed here in my hub, please feel free to elaborate in the comments. What's your favorite bread/filling/condiment/fixins?
Sandwich Basic Ingredients - Mix and Match!
Meats and Cheeses
French or baquette
ham and pork
Hawaiian sweet bread
sauerkraut, shredded cabbage
bananas, other fruits
Pepper Jack cheese
Tortas and Tortillas
Home made bread
spaghetti sauce (carbonara)
Panini Sandwich Press
In keeping with its heritage of creating the world's first domestic version of a professional sandwich press, Breville introduces the Panini Duo . With a 1500-watt heating element that heats up quickly, the Panini Duo's top plate delivers beautiful grill marks on any kind of bread, while its bottom plate delivers even and quicker heat on the flat to make the perfect Panini or your own toasted sandwich creation.
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