Sandwich Tips to Keep Lunch Fun and Tasty

Filed under: Featured Posts |
Luke Delicious Sandwich Are you Hungry

This is pan fried pastrami on Gluten Free bread, with kraut and home made thousand island dressing.

Marquette, Michigan – I Love sandwiches! They’re probably my favorite food, good thing as I try to eat one every day. When I worked tower construction I did eat sandwiches every day, but it’s been more difficult for me this past winter. (In fact I feel like I’m in a total lunch lull.)

So how can I eat, or try to eat a sandwich every day and not get bored with them. I follow a few simple guide lines to keep my sandwiches spiced up and tasting good.

First thing to consider is the bread.

Bad bread can make or break a sandwich. I’ve tried a ton of different breads looking for just the right kind. I’ve tried gluten free, multi grain, white, buns, bakery fresh…. the list goes on and on. I’ve found a dense yet soft multi grain with a sturdy crust to be the best. It has to hold up to being eaten by hand, not crumble and of course taste good. Lately I’ve seen quite a few gluten free breads that actually aren’t terrible.

Second is the MEAT.

I try to vary proteins as much as I can.  My favorite is ham, but introducing some salami or a good lean turkey can really make a sandwich pop.  An amazing trick from my wife is to pan fry them to transform the an ordinary sandwich into a great warm meal that’s perfect for a cold day.  You can also melt your cheese on there.  Speaking of cheese, let’s get to number 3.

Cheese is third on the list but can be a deal breaker.

My heritage is Dutch, so I know my cheeses.  To keep true to my ancestors I often select a smoked Gouda. But depending on the day and meat choice, the Sharpest Cheddar I can find comes in at a close second the the Gouda King!

Veggies… Not required for me, but take sandwiches to the next level.

I almost always have lettuce on my sandwiches and oh my what a tomato can do to brighten it up.  (Tip – I put salt and black pepper on the tomato so it stays put and shows up in every bite.)  I’ve had to go without veggies on many occasions, and I was fine.  But it’s really fun to ad a level of crunch here, even with a simple pickle you can texturally transform the dish and will find yourself looking for another bite.  Don’t be a veggie hater, get it on that plate. 😉

Finally, it’s all about the Sauce.

Mustard, Mayo, or maybe your Top Secrete Super Sauce….  I have to have something to tie it all together.  What I choose depends on how well I’ve put together the first four in the list.  If the breads very fresh I don’t use as much and a juicy tomato can go along way to help with the moisture content.  The top condiment for me has always been plain yellow mustard!  (Boring I know… but a classic)

 

So, to break your lunch time lull try out a few of my tried and true sandwich fixes.  And here’s one more  –   If you’re trying to watch your calories, drop one piece of meat out, add another leaf of lettuce, skip the fatty dressing, and be sure to ad some cracked pepper.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *