Make Gourmet Sandwiches in an Ordinary Kitchen
Peanut butter and jelly is a staple, and ham and cheese is a classic. But maybe you just aren’t in the mood for the same old lunch. At the same time, you don’t want to bust your budget.
Making a great sandwich you can proudly call your own requires nothing more than combining a few simple ingredients in a creative way. There’s no limit to what you can do in your own kitchen.
Experiment with fillings
Substitute leftovers for cold cuts. Roast beef and gravy are all you need for a sub. Spaghetti and marinara sauce are a great combination. If you want to give your favorite deli a run for its money, cube chicken, mix it with mayonnaise, relish, salt and black pepper and you have chicken salad for a sandwich.
Bring the heat
Toast your sub roll, and then heat the sandwich in a broiler, toaster oven or microwave. Just be careful not to let the ingredients dry out.
When your sandwich needs more flavor, don’t just add more meat. Substance is no substitute for spice.
Oregano goes perfectly with turkey, ham, roast beef, pepperoni, meatballs, cheddar, Monterey Jack, provolone, and mozzarella. Crushed red pepper complement pepperoni and mozzarella.
Don’t hesitate to use spices in combination, but also be careful not to go crazy with the spices. For example, when using fresh garlic, dice it small and sauté if necessary. Also, think about how delis spice up sandwiches. Learn from the best how to avoid using too many spices or spices that clash.
There’s nothing worse than a dry sandwich. Mayonnaise and mustard go a long way, but don’t stop there. Spread ranch dressing onto a sub roll stuffed with turkey, ham, and cheese. Pour gravy over dry roast beef.
Get a little fancier by marinating slices of ham, roast beef or pepperoni in Italian dressing, then sautéing the meat with a little garlic. Place the warm, spiced cold cuts on a toasted bun with melted mozzarella cheese.
Vary your use of veggies
Use iceberg lettuce to give your sandwich a pleasing crunch and to absorb grease. Add hot peppers to give your sandwich a kick. To get flavor without too much spiciness, use banana peppers or onions sautéed with garlic.
Base it all on bread
Don’t limit yourself to the same old loaves of bread. Start with a pita and make a cool wrap with ranch dressing, turkey, ham, cheese, and lettuce. More adventurously, go low-carb by using bagel chips instead of tortilla chips when putting together nachos.
Make garlic bread out of a toasted sub roll and melted butter mixed with garlic powder and parsley. Eat that as a side or use it for a pizza sandwich made with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese and dipped in marinara sauce.