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The Cookstr 10: Ten Sandwich Recipes

September 10, 2010

Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes…and lunchtime. It rolls around every day, and all of a sudden you’re hungry and you don’t know what you want, but you want something good. At our office we’ve been known to talk about what we might have for lunch while we are still consuming breakfast.

Angela Tunner's Ham and Parmesan Sandwiches with Herbed Mayonnaise and Apricot Jam

Sandwiches are almost always a good answer to the what’s-for-lunch question. Few categories of food are so broad and so flexible and so varied. A sandwich might be a triple-decker, gravity-defying Dagwood Bumstead (see Note if you are under the age of, say, 35), layer upon layer of ingredients. It might be the perfect tuna. It might be a wrap or a panini or an open-faced beauty. It might be hot or it might be cold. It might be a thick PB&J, sending you careening back to your childhood. Or it might be a sophisticated work of art, filled with ingredients and flavors you have enjoyed at fancier dining establishments.

Sara Moulton's "Fried" Catfish BLTs

And if you have kids, and are possibly packing lunch boxes on a daily basis, sandwiches are probably your middle name right about now. May you find some inspiration amongst these recipes.

Tiffany Collins' South of the Border Turkey Panini

Note: Dagwood is a comic strip hero, first created in the 1930’s, famous for composing tall, multi-layered sandwiches from miscellaneous ingredients he finds in the fridge. In fact, at Universal Studios in Orlando, there is a sandwich shop named after Dagwood’s wife, called Blondie’s: Home of the Dagwood.

1. Sheila Lukins’ Roasted Tomato Sandwiches. If you are still wrestling with the pleasure of too-many-tomatoes (as if there could be such a thing), this vegetarian sandwich is a sensational way to make the most of them. Roast them to enhance their rich sweetness, and stack them up with soft goat cheese blended up with orange zest, fresh basil, and generous amounts of salt and pepper.

2. Laura Werlin’s The Best Grilled Cheese. Gussied up grilled cheese sandwiches, with fancy fromages and all sorts of add-ins, are delightful, but sometimes what you want is the original: melty cheddar oozing out from between two perfect pieces of sourdough bread. Heaven.

3. Ellie Krieger’s Asian Chicken Wrap. Wraps have definitely cemented their place in the sandwich kingdom. They are very portable and offer the opportunity to consume fewer carbs with your filling. This neat little package contains chicken, cabbage, and bell pepper, all drizzled with an intriguing yogurt-based sauce seasoned with soy, mustard, sesame, and a bit of heat.

4. David Ricketts’ Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich with Scallion and Pickled Ginger. Tuna fish is great simply mixed with mayo, but it’s also a lot of fun to play around with mayo alternatives. This Asian twist is elevated with pickled ginger and scallions, and a shot of hot sauce, if you like.

5. Tiffany Collins’ South of the Border Turkey Panini. A panini machine is one of the best kitchen toys around. Monterey Jack cheese, thick slices of tomato, smoked turkey, and a heaping spoonful of guacamole become one when pressed between two slices of bread.

6. Sara Moulton’s “Fried” Catfish BLTs. If you love bacon like we love bacon…well, then, we guess you really love bacon. The classic BLT turns into a real meal with the substantial addition of a fried catfish fillet wedged in, not to mention some zesty tricked out mayonnaise.

7. Angela Tunner’s Ham and Parmesan Sandwiches with Herbed Mayonnaise and Apricot Jam. Good old ham and cheese. But wait! With fresh rosemary and parsley mixed into the mayo, and the unexpected but well-played sweetness of apricot jam, this is no ordinary sandwich. And in a sexy Italian twist, Parmesan is the cheese of choice.

8. Tom Fitzmorris’s Muffuletta. Muffuletta is the official sandwich of New Orleans (well, maybe right up there along with po’ boys). Layers upon layers of meat and cheese are stacked up inside crusty round loaves of bread. But the key is the olive salad, an antipasto-like mixture of olives and veggies, marinated in olive oil, vinegar, and a lot of garlic and herbs. The assembled sandwich is cut into beautifully striated wedges.

Rocco DiSpirito's Nutella Sandwiches

9. Rocco DiSpirito’s Nutella Sandwiches. Did Elvis ever get to try Nutella? We think he would have really liked it, especially smeared onto a slice of baguette and pressed up against slices of caramelized banana and toasted chopped hazelnuts.

10. Rosemary Black’s Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. The most fun sandwich of them all.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2010 3:48 pm

    Nutella rocks!

  2. Katie Workman, Editor-in-Chief permalink*
    September 10, 2010 3:53 pm

    As did Elvis!


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