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How To Celebrate National Sandwich Month

Sandwich Ideas So Tasty You’ll Crave One Everyday

August is National Sandwich Month and that has me thinking about my favorite sandwich ideas! Oh, the subs, sandwiches, and paninis to be had. We order a lot of Jersey Mikes (raise your hand for the number 13). I also love the Mufaletta from Cootie Browns with that New Orleans relish! So good! And, don’t even get me started on Panera’s Modern Caprese Sandwich all slathered with that basil pesto and smoky tomato confit. Yum! National Sandwich Month is so worth celebrating.

We work from home so we make a lot of our own sandwiches as well as grabbing them to go. Now, not to toot my own horn or anything but we have collected some seriously amazing sandwich recipes over here. (Toot! Toot! – Oops) I’m about to share them with you! You know, in case you want to make the perfect club tomorrow, or you have yet to master the ooey-gooey goodness of a perfectly grilled cheese, or you have not yet invested in a panini press (gasp)! Let’s take a look at our top picks for the best sandwich ideas out there.

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The Best Sandwich Ideas

The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Check out Babish tackling all the combinations in search of the perfect grilled cheese!

Now, you can’t actually go wrong with grilled cheese. I’ve never had one I didn’t like. But you can step it up by mixing up your favorite cheese combinations and searching out the perfect bread. For me, I prefer my basic grilled cheese sandwich to contain a great cheddar melted between two slices of heavily buttered white bread. Simple.

But then again, one of my all-time favorite grilled cheese sandwiches contains brie and a super-thin slice of a granny smith apple, topped with a touch of fig jam and more brie toasted between thick slices of lightly buttered sourdough bread. You should try that. That’s a life-changing twist on a grilled cheese sandwich. Maria at Two Peas & Their Pod can show you how to pull that little treasure together.

The Killer Club Sandwich from Pioneer Woman

So this recipe for The Killer Club Sandwich was posted so long ago that all the images on it show up as image tags. Why am I still recommending it to you, then? It’s her pesto mayo and her sundried tomato mayo that make this club my favorite. Seriously, these simple additions add so much to this club sandwich!

I change things up by making my bacon extra crispy where Ree prefers hers barely crisp – but you do you. I also prefer thickly sliced turkey and ham from the deli counter and she has hers shaved but again – you make it your way. And you might want avocado and you might want a thick slice of tomato. Maybe you want both. That’s cool with me. See, that’s the fun of this whole sandwich month thing, you can just keep mixing it up until you find the sandwich that fits you best. But try that mayo magic. You don’t want to go your whole life and miss out on that stuff.

The BLT Masterpiece

Ok, so I just saw Gordon Ramsey’s take on a Lobster BLT and he had seaweed butter and fresh Maine lobster and by the time he was done cooking it my nose was about a half-inch from the screen and I may or may not have been drooling a bit. But that BLT is not really an accessible BLT for most of us, so let me share something a bit more doable.

The California BLT from Justin Chappel featured on Food and Wine is still a bit extra with its fancy woven bacon blanket, but it’s worth the fuss and it’s totally doable. Plus, this recipe also has mayo worth mentioning. This time, Lemon Herb Mayo has me swooning. Once you sink your teeth into the layers of bacon, avocado, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, sprouts, and that blissfully transformed mayo – you’ll never be satisfied with a boring basic BLT again.

The Cuban Sandwich

So, I took T to this food truck rally they were having at Allendale Mansion years ago. There, he discovered The Cuban Sandwich. I was so busy keeping the Taco Truck in business that I didn’t have a chance to share in his discovery until he had already finished most of that Cuban off. The look of absolute wonder on his face had me curious. But there was something else there, a protective stance I guess, that suggested I might get bit if I asked for that last bite. So I refrained.

The whole way home he was raving about that sandwich. And, he had claimed a new life mission as well, to perfectly replicate that Cuban. After much trial and error, he found this Cuban-Style Roast Pork Shoulder With Mojo Recipe from Serious Eats. This recipe proved to be the golden ticket to creating the perfect Cuban. For the whole sandwich breakdown, you can check out this Cuban Sandwich Recipe also from Serious Eats. It will help you figure out how to dress up that roast until it is transformed into the perfect Cuban.

Long story short, once T had made me that sandwich, I joined the Cuban Sandwich Fan Club too. It’s just the two of us in there for now but if you follow that recipe you’ll want to join also and we don’t charge an entry fee or anything.

Panini sandwich ideas!

The Precious Panini

So, when we got our Panini Press we went a little crazy with the thing. We started by filling bread with every bit of goodness we could think of. Veggies, olives, pickles, deli meat, roasted chicken, pesto, spinach, and sprouts. Then we started turning everything into a panini. Pizza, waffles, bagels, English muffins, tortillas, donuts, nothing was safe… We were unstoppable.

After a few months of fun with the Panini press, we had all found a favorite panini recipe we gravitated towards. Mine, I love rotisserie chicken layered with Kalamata Olives, Spinach and basil splashed with red wine vinegar, a dollop of bruschetta topping, mozzarella, and a slather of pesto toasted between two slices of Italian Bread.

My husband is more of a ham, swiss, and ground mustard on whole wheat kind of panini guy.

T, he is kind of an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ kind of a panini guy. I’ve seen mushrooms and goat cheese get tossed in there, bacon and eggs, Nutella and berries… I even saw a hot dog panini and it looked good. Doesn’t sound good but the kid made it work!

I told you all of that just to say, any Panini is a great way to celebrate National Sandwich Month. Start with gifting yourself a Panini Press and then just open the refrigerator door and let your inner deli guy or girl get creative!

The best Muffuletta sandwich recipe.

The Best Muffuletta

Now, I mentioned at the beginning of this post about my great love of the Muffaletta. If you have never had the pleasure of tasting this sandwich allow me to explain what makes it so amazing. First of all, you make it in a giant bread bowl. It has a bright olive salad in there, hot soppressata, Italian meat layers like salami, coppa, mortadella, fontina cheese, and arugula.

Let me tell you straight up, this sandwich is easy to ruin. I know my expectations were high being spoiled by Cootie Browns and all, but I tried several recipes before even getting close. Guess who had this figured out? Martha Stewart! Yes, she can make super cute Christmas ornaments and an amazing Muffaletta. Here is Martha Stewarts winning Muffaletta Sandwich Recipe!

The Best Chicken Salad Sandwich

The best chicken salad recipe I have ever come upon is The Classic Chicken Salad recipe from Simply Recipes. The poached chicken, the dressing that contains just a hint of jam and lemon juice, the addition of apples and celery and onion. It’s just spot on. I like to serve my chicken salad on a croissant but this stuff is good on any bread, crackers, or rolled up in a Romaine lettuce leaf. It’s just GOOD! I sometimes add craisins and walnuts too.

The Best French Dip

I’ve shared this French Dip recipe with you before in my Top Five Favorite Instant Pot Recipes. This sandwich has stayed in our meal rotation for the last three years with good reason. So this does require an Instant Pot but Mom Life itself really requires an Instant Pot so we won’t hold that against it.

Ok, so the Instant Pot French Dip from Amy + Jacky is the sandwich recipe because it packs so much flavor into the meat. Meat that is so tender it literally falls apart. The crusty french bread, the melty Swiss cheese pooling over the edges, the perfectly bold umami flavor of the Au Jus, combined into the perfect sandwich experience to celebrate National Sandwich Month.

Ok, I am going to wrap it up here but for the record, I could go on. And on. And on. There are so many truly good sandwich ideas. What’s your favorite? Share with us in the comments section below. We love to hear from you.

And oh yeah! If you love a good PB&J check out our post about How To Seriously Up Your PB&J Game. We have all kinds of ideas on how to improve an already amazing peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Happy National Sandwich Month,

Gwen

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