Friday, November 5, 2010

Quick Sandwich Ideas

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate. --Julia Child




I love to cook, but now that it is November, sometimes all I want to do on a windy, chilly night is breeze through dinner and sit by the fireplace with a glass of wine and a good book for an hour or two.  So, on those nights, I see what I have in the fridge and usually make a quick sandwich. I love sandwiches--probably because I love bread and cheese.... Plus, served with a bowl of hearty soup or stew (which I usually have as leftovers from the weekend) it's an easy, satisfying dinner fix.

Here are some quick/easy sandwich ideas...I've included ideas for breakfast and dessert, too:

BREAKFAST

Lovely English Muffin:
  • Poach an egg. Butter top and bottom of toasted English muffin, add a slice of sharp cheddar cheese to one end and spread some strawberry jam on the other. Put the hot egg in between. Yum. 
AB& J:
  • Spread some almond butter and honey on toast and top with sliced bananas...a new take on an old favorite. Just as good (and better for you!).
Egg-white BLT
  • Put two egg whites in a microwave-safe bowl. Add some salt/pepper, cover and microwave on high for about 1-2 minutes, until egg is set.  In the meantime, toast some crusty bread and butter both sides once done.  Slice your tomato and wash/dry your lettuce. Fry up/microwave some bacon, set aside on paper towels to drain.  Scoop the egg out of the bowl (cut in half if too big for your toast) and put on one piece of toast, top with bacon, slice of juicy tomato and lettuce leaf,  and finally, the other piece of toast.

LUNCH

Sweet and Sassy Chicken Salad:
  • Mix together equal parts mayo and your favorite chutney, add a dash of garlic powder, ground pepper and a handful of chopped pecans.  Great in wraps!   (You can add apples or celery to the mix, but I don't like my chicken salad to be too crunchy.  Also, I usually slice some apple slices and top the sandwich -- otherwise you have to deal with mushy apples the next day.)
Fancy Schmancy Grilled Cheese:
  • Make grilled cheese the way you normally do, but before you put on the second half, add thinly sliced apple and ham. Serve with honey mustard.
Leftover Steak with Swagger:
  • Warm your steak and slice thin, then place on a kaiser roll and top with a spread made of equal parts sour cream and horseradish. Add sliced roasted red peppers and fresh mozzarella cheese. Nice!

DESSERT

Chocolate Dreams:
  • Place a dollop of whipped cream flavored with a dash of orange juice (or peppermint extract) between chocolate wafers. Stack into towers of four (wafer base, cream, wafer, cream, wafer, cream, wafer top), place in the fridge for at least 2 hours--it's worth it. They soften and become cake-like.  Heaven.
Ice Cream Zingers:
  • Put chocolate ice cream between two ginger snaps and freeze until set. To really top this off, dip half the cookie in melted chocolate once you remove from the freezer.  By the time the sandwich is thawed, your chocolate will be set.  (You can do this with any cookie/ice cream combo, but this is my favorite.)
Biscotti Bliss:
  • Spread Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) between flat slices of biscotti and enjoy. Repeat.


xoxoxo

P.S. What's the best part? The filling or the bread?  Any other sandwich suggestions? Post below!




1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the yummy suggestions! I can't wait to try the AB&J and the ice cream zingers!

    I absolutely love grilled reubens and enjoy taking a twist on the classic (corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing on rye bread) and make non-traditional reubens on the George Foreman Grill...mixing up the ingredients for fun. We'll use sourdough or multigrain bread instead of rye, and muenster or provolone instead of swiss, etc. I NEVER substitute the corned beef or the sauerkraut because those are my favorite parts of the sandwich!

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