During this time of being home for a lot of us during COVID has meant a lot more cooking. I found myself relying easier meals especially for lunch, so I have embraced the sandwich! My family isn’t really big sandwich eaters, but these tips below I have been able to make my sandwiches so much better.
Start with Fantastic Bread
When you make a sandwich, you need to think about what will ultimately go with the bread rather than the other way around. Your bread needs to be the star of the show. Try and choose crusty wholegrain that will taste great without anything on it and then use that as your foundation.
The Spread Does Matter
A ham sandwich just isn’t that exciting and if you’re like me sometimes you just need a little spread. My family is not a huge fan of mayo or mustard, so we often enjoy oil and vinegar with herbs. I don’t mind some avocado or some hummus. You could also use some BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, or salsa. The spread you choose can often make your ordinary sandwich much more mouth-watering.
Make Sure it’s Fresh
If you’re making sandwiches a head a time for a lunch on the go, you will want to make sure to leave off the spread and any vegetables. I get the little plastic dip containers and fill that with my spread. Don’t forget to pack a plastic knife. The vegetables can go in a Ziplock bag. When its time to eat your sandwich just throw the veggies and smear the spread and there ya go!
Skip out on Soggy Ingredients
You may love lettuce and even tomato as much as the next person, but at the end of the day, they are made up mostly of water and this will give you a very soggy sandwich. Think of other things that will give you that same great flavor or texture, but without all of that moisture. Roasted bell peppers, cabbage, or even cucumber are all ideal if you want to make your sandwich better without making it soggy. If you want a good idea for a sandwich, then look up this club sandwich recipe find it here.
Keep it Simple
Not every sandwich needs to be made with tons of ingredients. You need to be able to get all of the ingredients in one bite. Aim for having 4-5 good quality ingredients as these will go together and they will also give you a great taste.
Don’t forget the Cheese
Start out with bread, choose your protein, and you can’t forget about the cheese. Ham and Swiss, Turkey and Provolone, or Roast Beef and Cheddar are some pairings of meet and cheese I enjoy.
So there ya go. A few of my secrets to embracing the sandwich and taking your ordinary sandwich to extraordinary.