One of the nicest things…

One of the nicest things about eating at home is that you can have exactly what you want and how much you want of it. It drives me crazy in restaurants, especially sandwich-type lunch places, when they give me twice as much food as I want and only one kind. I need variety in my life, baby...

I just had two half-sandwiches for lunch -- one was roast beef, muenster cheese, tomato, red onion and rosemary-tapenade aioli on an onion roll; the other was honey ham, provolone, tomato, dijon mustard and honey on a plain roll, and they were both so yummy. Yummy yummy yummy. They kicked some serious sandwich butt. My only regret is that we had no lettuce in the house.

I adore sandwiches, especially hot grilled panini sandwiches -- they come right after curry on the comfort-food list (and of course, a hot curry sandwich is pretty much the ultimate Mary Anne-comfort-food. :-) What sandwiches do y'all like? Recommendations for the group?

8 thoughts on “One of the nicest things…”

  1. I am a big sucker for fruit sandwiches. Banana bread spread thinly with cream cheese and layered with thin sliced strawberries, apples, pears, whatever’s in season.

    I’m a believer in open-face (maybe my Scandinavian roots poking out again), especially the kind with big slices of pungent cheese. Or else the University Coffee Cafe in Palo Alto makes one with mozzarella, yellow tomatoes, basil, and arugula. This is how I learned how very much I love arugula.

  2. That place you showed me in Berkeley, where they made the sandwich with melted cheese over the mushrooms and — what else was it? Roasted red peppers, maybe? Herbs? Special bread? Please remind me so that I may attempt to replicate the results at home. That was the best sandwich ever.

  3. My two current favorites are: (drumroll please)

    Peanut butter and bannana (great for that breakfast on the go and

    Grilled Cheese (sharp chedder) with sliced tomatoes (grilled under the broiler)

  4. I’m a minimalist. Lightly toasted sandwich bread, thickly spread (the moment it comes out out of the toaster) with Skippy Super Chunk on one slice, which is then placed butter-side-down on the other slice and given a minute for the peanut butter to melt a bit before eaten — still warm — with a glass of cold milk. Mmm.

  5. That’s interesting, M’ris — I like fruit in all kinds of things, including sandwiches, but usually not simply a fruit sandwich. Mostly what I like to do is add a nice spicy mango chutney to a meat sandwich of some kind. Mmmm…especially on a cumin-seed bread, like they do at Panini, which is the place in Berkeley with the amazing sandwiches (only open for lunch, only takes cash, tucked away in an alley behind Jupiter’s and impossible to find unless someone tells you about it 🙂 — it was Kevin’s favorite lunch place when he was an undergrad at Berkeley). I don’t remember the details of that sandwich, Karen, but I do think they use Semifreddi’s bread — don’t know if that’s available in the Midwest.

    I’m with Jim on both of those sandwiches, though instead of peanut butter, I use Nutella, which is a fabulous chocolate-hazelnut spread which goes great with bananas, either on toast or in crepes. Mmmm… You can find Nutella in the gourmet or international section (it’s a British thing, I think) of most upscale groceries.

    Shmuel, your sandwich doesn’t work for me. Sorry. 🙂

  6. Peg’s definition of a Perfect Summer Sandwich: Two very thin slices of white or wheat bread, a very thin layer of mayonnaise, and several layers of fresh basil pinched straight from the pots on my deck. Accompany with lemonade or sweet tea.

    Probably a trifle peculiar, but I am Southern and therefore almost by definition a trifle peculiar.

  7. We on the Atkins diet do not eat sandwiches. But I do not feel especially left out. It is fun reading about them, though.

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