What can you eat wrapped, pressed or served on a stick? Whether you’re picnicking, packing your lunch for work or school or midnight snacking, sandwiches are a shoe-in for a hearty, satisfying meal.
National Sandwich Month
August is National Sandwich Month and that's definitely something to sink your teeth into. There are almost as many ways to celebrate as there are types of sandwiches:
- School will be back in session soon and sandwiches are the perfect lunch to send packing with your kids
- Picnics and cookouts will soon give way to rain and snow so plan a few final hurrahs with some sensational sandwiches in the great outdoors
- Beat the brown-bag blahs at work by packing a noontime lunch to boost your p.m. productivity
There are so many tried-and-true sandwiches out there but a little creativity and personalization goes a long way. Switch things up -- use different breads, spreads and main ingredients. Try different hot sandwiches for more of a mealtime feel. Go open-faced or piled high. The possibilities are endless!
Sandwiches for kids
Peanutty apple sandwiches
Try something a little different: Use raisin bread for this sandwich with a filling of thinly sliced apples, a lettuce leaf, peanut butter and apricot jelly mixed with a bit of ground mustard.
Peanut butter and mashed banana
Replace the jelly in your usual PB & J with slightly mashed bananas. Sprinkle on a little granola to give your sandwich some crunch.
Cut the crusts of the bread and roll the bread flat. Spread your favorite ingredients (think peanut butter and jelly -- the stickier the spread, the better) over 2/3 of the bread. Roll, starting with the end with spread and press firmly to seal at the end.
Use cookie cutters to make fun sandwich shapes and sizes for kids, or pita pocket bread for a less of a mess.
So many sandwiches!
- Try a mixture of cottage cheese, grated carrot, sunflower seeds and light mayo. Blend together to make a sandwich spread.
- Olive salad spread: Mix together some chopped green olives, pistachios, and a little olive juice with cream cheese and a touch of mayo.
Something fun for everyone
Sandwich on a Stick
This easy-to-make, fun-to-eat "sandwich" is made with cubes of ingredients. Cut cubes of:
- bread (best to use crunchy or toasted bread)
- cooked ham, turkey or baked tofu
- cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, pickles or bell peppers
Thread, alternating ingredients, onto a skewer. Serve with dressing of your choice on the side.
Try a sandwich for breakfast
What a way to start the day! Check out these ingredients to make a delicious breakfast sandwich:
- Fried egg with bacon and cheese
- Chorizo, grilled potatoes and scrambled eggs
- Pancakes used as the bread for your PB & J or put sausage patties and syrup between them
- Grilled cheese with avocado and tomatoes
- Cream cheese and sliced strawberries served on Challah bread or raisin bread
- Bagels or English muffins topped with cheese, onions and smoked salmon
Next time you're trying to think of an easy meal that will bring a smile to your face, open up the pantry and pop your head in the fridge – you'd be surprised with the sandwiches you can create!
What is your favorite sandwich?
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