I’d be lying if I said that I intentionally planned a linkfest post about sandwiches, the #1 love of (OK, maybe #2, but it might be tied), on today, our 3rd anniversary.
But that’s the way it worked out. Honestly, I’d only saved up a few sandwich recipes, but wanted more, so I went searching on Tastespotting. Turns out that sandwiches aren’t really recipe things. Well, here’s what I came up with anyway (very, very randomly).
Side note: It’s widely known that I am a picky eater*, so there were some restrictions that applied to any recipe I found. 1) No foods that gross me out (tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, onions). 2) No main ingredients that I plain don’t like (basil, pears). 3) No strange combos (no mint please, also nix on the peanut butter and bacon sandwich). Additionally, since I like my linkfest recipes to be practical, I added these rules: 4) Must use items that are probably already in one’s pantry, or are very easy to find at the grocery store (ooh, that means the one with wasabi paste is out), and 5) No ridiculously expensive ingredients (that great tasting cheese with the weird name? Not at $20/pound, thankyouverymuch, it’s a sandwich).
Additional confession: I don’t actually like sandwiches. I really don’t like school lunch sandwiches, probably because I had way too many of them growing up. If I were to pack myself a lunch with a salami sandwich, I can guarantee that it would go uneaten (even if I were very hungry) – they are that unappetizing to me (despite the fact that I like all the ingredients of a salami sandwich). The work-around for this is bringing just the ingredients to work and assembling at my desk, because somehow that makes it better (this doesn’t always work, but sometimes). Also, hot sandwiches don’t seem to bother me that much.
Anyway, on to the recipes!
Lunchbox: the rules are simple. This is a cold sandwich, suitable for bringing to school or work, without requiring the use of a toaster or microwave. Surprisingly hard to find these, when you add in the other rules.
- Herbed Goat Cheese Sandwiches | Taste and Tell [link removed]
- Salami, Pastrami, and Spinach Cream Cheese Sandwich | Nook & Pantry [link removed]
- Chicken Club Sandwich | Modern Foodie [link removed]
- Dijon Chicken Club Sandwiches | Homemade By Holman [link removed]
Hrm. That’s a pretty short list.
Then I remembered that sandwiches aren’t just for lunch (this is something sandwich lovers already know). I have class on Tuesday and Thursday nights this semester, and I haven’t been doing the fast food thing like I usually do. Instead, I’ve been stopping at home for something quick, or picking up Subway for the two of us on my way home. I have a max of 20 minutes before I have to be out the door, so this has to be super quick. But I have access to a toaster oven, microwave, and potentially someone else to help prep.
- Ina Garten’s Ultimate Grilled Cheese | Smells Like Home [link removed]
- Garlic Crusted Sourdough with Cheddar Grilled Cheese | imagine a different world of grilled cheese [link removed]
- Laura Werlin’s Swiss Melt with Artichoke Hearts | imagine a different world of grilled cheese [link removed]
- Grilled Buffalo Chicken and Avocado Sandwiches | Nibble Dish [link removed]
- Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches | A Big Mouthful [link removed]
- Empanadas | Buttons Magee [link removed]
Some other quick kind of sandwichy things:
- sushi bowls | Budget Bytes [link removed]
- Lasagna Cupcakes | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn [link removed]
More than sandwich recipes, I found partial ingredient recipes. Lots of people like to make up something for dinner and then transform it into a sandwich. This is not genius nor original, but it is smart.
Things you can make for dinner and then use the leftovers in a sandwich:
- Corned Beef | Married …with dinner [link removed]
- Corned Beef Recipe | Alton Brown, Food Network [link removed]
- carnitas | use real butter [link removed]
- Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Mustard Seeds | Whole Living / marthastewart.com [link removed]
- Grilled Reuben Sandwich | For the Love of Cooking [link removed]
- Rolled Turkey Breast Stuffed with Swiss Chard & Garlic | chickinthekitchen.com [link removed]
One and only one dessert sandwich (since sandwich cookies were covered yesterday, and ice cream sandwiches deserve their own list):
- Nutella Banana Sandwich | The Nesting Project [link removed]
Lastly, a whole website/blog dedicated to sandwiches:
- Amazing Sandwiches, One Sandwich Recipe At A Time [link removed]
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*I’m quite tired of this phrase, actually, since just about everyone else I know is also a picky eater, but they claim they aren’t. Yes, you are. I promise. Unless you are . Or maybe . Really, it’s OK to admit it. I won’t judge. There are just foods we don’t like, sometimes for completely unjustifiable or inexplicable reasons (yes, tomatoes are gross, but cucumbers are OK; eggplant is terrible, but other squashes can be quite tasty). You only get to call yourself a “not picky” person if I can plan a dinner for you without thinking at all about what you might or might not like. That is a darn short list in my experience.