The Art of Sandwich Making

Rustic_Cuban1-400x274There is a big difference between a sandwich that makes you say ‘meh’ and one that leaves you speechless. You’re much too busy devouring it to even think of forming words. But what’s that defining factor in a drool-worthy sandwich? We’ll fill you in on the secret – it’s all about how it’s made. Truly, it’s an art form, so here’s a quick crash course in the art of sandwich making.

 

Rule #1: It’s All About the Bread

Plain old white sandwich bread has its place, but it’s not on a great sandwich. You need a good canvas on which to build your masterpiece. Artisan breads, rustic loafs, something with a little sustenance of its own. Think ciabatta, sourdough or a great multi-grain bread. A great rule of thumb is to only use bread that you would eat on its own.

 

Rule #2: The Filling Facts

We all have different tastes, so by all means, build with the ingredients you like. But might we make some suggestions for upgrades? If you usually load up your sandwich with sliced deli lunch meat, why not try swapping it out for leftover chicken, steak, or any other meat you’ve cooked? Don’t rule out pork roast or meatloaf either – they can make an excellent sandwich filling! For the usual lettuce, try peppery arugula, watercress, or mixed greens.

 

Feel free to expand your horizons too. Play with other ingredients. Maybe avocado to give your sandwich a bit of creaminess or some sundried tomatoes for a rich flavor? Remember, it’s all about building layers of flavor that work together with each other.

 

Rule #3: Dress That Sandwich Up!

Mayonnaise is good. Yellow mustard? Fine. But you know what’s even better? Garlic mayo or dijonnaise. Creating a gourmet sauce for your sandwich is as easy as taking the usual suspects and adding a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of minced garlic, whatever it is you like. The most important thing to remember is not to overdo it. Moderation is key when it comes to a dressing. Too much and you’ll end up with an overpowering, or worse yet, soggy sandwich.

 

Rule #4: Think of it as Sandwich Architecture

 Sure, anybody could slap some meat and veggies onto a slice of bread, but a little forethought can make all the difference. Just follow these steps of sandwich crafting:

  1. If you’ve purchased unsliced bread, cut your sandwich slices a little thicker than the usual pre-sliced stuff. If you’re using a sub or hoagie roll, be sure not to cut all the way through. Form a sort of cradle to hold your fillings by only cutting 2/3 of the way through the bread and tearing out a bit of the bread inside.
  2. If you’re using a creamy or oily sauce, lay that down next. It’ll form a barrier between the bread and the topping, making it less likely to get soggy.
  3. Cheese is the next step. This will help add some strength to your bread and hold the filling up better.
  4. Next, place the meat and top it off with any of the wet ingredients (i.e. tomatoes, greens, and other vegetables).

 

Voila! You’ve just created a perfect sandwich. Now stop reading and bite into the edible masterpiece already!

 

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