Friday, March 04, 2011

Last Day of Sandwich Week

As "Sandwich Week" comes to a close, we will wrap it up with sandwich making tips.  Sandwiches are are kind of a contradiction in themselves.  They can be humble and easy, such as placing leftovers on a slice of toast or sandwiches can be elegant and extravagant.
Typically, it is the preparations that is difficult or time consuming.  After the sandwich is made, the work is done.  Sandwiches can be made ahead of time, wrapped and placed in the refrigerator and the work is done!
Here are some tips to make process efficient and your sandwiches delicious!
- Use toothpicks to keep tall or messy sandwiches together. They are worth the minor expense!
- To keep sandwiches fresh when made ahead of time, place sandwiches on a plate. Place a dampened towel (not wet) on top of the sandwich(es).  Then seal the entire plate or platter in plastic wrap.  Place in fridge until ready to serve.
-Try using an usual bread for the sandwiches - cinnamon bread for a ham sandwich, pita bread for a veggie sandwich etc.  Sometimes, the unexpected bread can change the flavor tremendously.
-Try using an new flavor of sandwich spread.  Try a flavored mayonnaise on a BLT for a change or add a bit of salsa to a plain grilled cheese.
-To take the sharp bite out of onions, peel and slice ahead of time and chill in cold water for 20 minutes.  Drain and pat dry.  The onions flavor will be more subtle.
-Try adding a thin slice of apple to sandwiches for a subtle and sweet crunch.  This is particularly good with pork, ham or bacon sandwiches!
-Be sure to dry all veggies thoroughly, before placing in your sandwich.  Nothing is worse than soggy bread from undried lettuce or wet pickle.


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