My NYC, now Portland, friend inspired me with a challenge to spruce up the boring lunch sandwich she takes to work every day. I really don't eat sandwiches, except grilled cheese with avocado and tomato at a diner - divine! - so it was a particularly good challenge. Egg Salad is terribly fast and the mix of crunchy veggies, tangy mayo, sour lemon juice, spicy dijon mustard and vinegary pickles is simply amazing...enjoy!
“Chicken” Salad Sandwich
April 12, 2009
This is the first time I ever tried to make chicken salad with faux chicken. I found Quorn to be the best looking and tasting. To cut the fat I used half mayo, half nonfat yogurt - a sub I use often. With sweet grapes from the neighboring town, crunchy celery and almonds, fresh cut rosemary and mustard, this is an easy, fresh weeknight meal. Serve on homemade wheat Scottish baps.
Grilled Cheese Elvis
April 24, 2011
No, I didn't see Elvis' face in my grilled cheese - April is National Grilled Cheese Month! You probably know Elvis' favorite sandwich - peanut butter, banana, honey and bacon. I turned this outrageous sandwich into ridiculous (and vegetarian) by replacing the bacon with extra sharp cheddar cheese and then grilling the mother lover. I was inspired by the peanut butter and cheese sandwiches I loved as a kid. It is just truly silly, but one bite and you'll think it's like steroids on crack. Just skip the nutritional information because you don't want to know - and go grab a skillet.
Sándwich Cubano Vegetariano
December 2, 2012
We flew back from Florida via Miami and before heading to the airport stopped in Little Havana at the self-proclaimed "world's most famous Cuban restaurant" - Versailles. This extremely old school eatery made me nostalgic for one of our favorite (although not as 'world famous') NYC establishments, Cafe Habana. There, just about every Saturday at brunch, I ate a version of this refreshing, yet spicy, sandwich along side a margarita and a cafe con leche.
September 1, 2008
It's the last day of summer. Start your diet tomorrow. You deserve to have the summer go out with a bang. It's not traditional summer BBQ food, but I was inspired by a Gourmet magazine cover of Paris, France. I've always wanted to try and vegetarianize a Croque Madame sandwich. "Ham," gruyere cheese, bechamel sauce, crusty bread - all melty together and all with a fried egg on top! In case you don't know that topper, the fried egg, is the difference between a Croque Monsieur and a Croque Madame. So much more lady-like with an egg, and once you put an egg on anything and serve it with sparkling wine - it's brunch!
Grilled Zucchini Torta
August 29, 2010
A torta is a Mexican grilled sandwich that you can fill with just about anything. It starts with a baguette spread with mashed, seasoned black beans then layered with fillings like grilled steak, chicken or vegetables. The toppings are only limited by your imagination. You can use Mexican cheeses, grilled or raw onions, steak sauce, fresh avocados, cilantro, fresh or pickled jalapenos, fresh lettuce and tomatoes and on and on. This recipe for a grilled zucchini torta is with hopes of catching up on the upwards of 10-12 pounds of zucchini in my fridge and taken from Rick Bayless' version. His grilled skirt steak torta is complimented with homemade chipolte steak sauce, which I sometimes use on this sandwich. The sauce has quickly become a new staple in my house (added to the homemade ketchup, mustard and hot sauce I'm already making!). One of my favorite toppings is also pickled jalapenos - it is ridiculously easy to make so give it a shot.
January 13, 2013
Nothing wrong with a good ole' fashioned Sloppy Joe made vegetarian. Takes as long to put together as you chopping the veggies. I read that this classically messy sandwich originated in Iowa and didn't have sauce. Somewhere along the line that got added, and I made some healthy additions of my own, including packing these joes with carrots, celery, peppers and beans. If you don't have ground chipotle powder, use half smoked paprika and half chile powder.
Herbed Ricotta Eggplant Panini
September 10, 2014
This sandwich has been vegetarianized from one we did in a recent class I had - sub baby spinach greens for prosciutto, add some sweetness to the herbed ricotta spread with honey and switch up the fresh herbs a bit. It's a great do-ahead recipe because you can spend about 20 minutes one night making the ricotta and eggplant and then the next just put it altogether and grill. Thanks to the eggplant, this panini is High in fiber (who knew eggplant was high in fiber?!). It's also a Good Source of Vitamins A and C, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Riboflavin.
Asparagus Fontina Panini with Pea Shoot Walnut Pesto
March 1, 2009
A spring sandwich if there ever was one. Crunchy roasted asparagus and gooey fontina nuzzle up with a different kind of pesto partner based on pea shoots and walnuts.
Savory Chocolate Cheese Sandwiches
February 12, 2012
Take chocolate to the savory side and impress your Valentine this year. Port and rosemary-infused chocolate sauce is spread thin on garlic-rubbed toast and complemented by peppery arugula, dried figs and the soft, gooey cheese of your choice. I preferred a fennel, lavender goat cheese while Michael loved the sharp, salty bite of gorgonzola. An easy weeknight pleaser that comes together in less than 30 minutes.
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