A portable lunch transformed from simple to sensational!
I have a confession to make….I really don’t like sandwiches. I am sure it stems from way too many years of having to pack my lunches for school and work, but often I just find the very thought of making or eating a sandwich absolutely fatigue-inducing. Having said that, I readily admit that there are times when a sandwich is definitely the best option, especially when it comes to road tripping, something I absolutely adore. I recently packed a picnic to enjoy with friends and they commented that my sandwiches were deli-worthy, which made me very happy. This lead to a conversation about simple ways to spice up your sammies, and I was pleased to offer the following tips:
- Think outside the bun: Why not make delicious soft pretzels (or buy some – they’re often found at Farmers’ Markets) to split and fill with your favourite sandwich ingredients? While you’re at it, ditch the lettuce for another form of crunchy nutrition – try sliced apples or pears, spinach leaves or, my personal favourite, pea shoots. And don’t forget to jazz up your condiments, too. Fancy mustards and mayonnaises can give a sandwich a huge flavour boost!
- Press it, heat it or grill it: Most sandwiches taste even better when they are warmed. I love stuffing pitas with sliced pear, crumbled bacon, spicy chutney and brie; a short spin in the microwave melts the cheese and makes this sandwich sensational. Most bread or bun-based sandwiches are tastiest when either pan-fried or grilled in a panini press (and the outside will be extra delicious if you spread a little mayonnaise or butter on it before pressing). Trust me on the mayonnaise. If you’re sceptical, try a grilled cheese made with mayo instead of butter – it’s amazingly easy and tasty!
- Don’t forget the add-ons: Punch up your plates by looking for zestier sidekicks – two of my favourite pickles are Top Shelf Preserve’s spicy pickled carrots and Maille’s cayenne cornichons. Of course we all know that potato chips are a perfect pairing for sandwiches, but did you know you can make fantastic fat-free chips in the microwave? It’s super easy to do and the flavour possibilities are endless. The next time I have a chip craving, I’m planning to soak some thinly sliced potatoes in dill pickle juice prior to microwaving them!
What are your favourite ways to transform your sandwiches from simple to stunning? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Disclosure: I received products from Maille Canada which were used in preparing this post; all opinions expressed are my own.