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    Let's talk favourite sandwiches.

    As a kid I used to eat the sandwiches my mother prepared for me: the traditional Dutch fare of white or dark bread, butter, cheese or ham. When I was ten I read a (children's) novel about a boy my age in Brooklyn who prepared a sandwich in a way I had never heard or thought about. He took a big roll, sliced it ope and filled it with peanut butter, jam, lettuce, cheese and pickles. I wondered what it would taste like, so I started experimenting and making my own, ahem, 'creations' such as lettuce/cheese/mustard sandwiches or cheese/banana/ketchup (roast in hot oven for two minutes for best effect).

    Nowadays it's pastrami sandwiches with the works (a habit I picked up in New York) for me, or alternatively big 'Italian' rolls with slices of cheese, salami, chirizo and a salted green pepper on top.

    On occasion (when I have make time for it) I make traditional English sandwiches like cucumber (with lemon butter) and watercress.

    Sooo, what's your favourite sandwich?
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    Start with whatever lunchmeat is on sale at the deli counter (excluding ham). If not then some kind of spiced poultry (usually turkey, varies).

    Add in a spicy mustard sauce: Spicy brown, horseradish, etc. I've found a wasabi sauce I quite enjoy.

    Place one slice of fat free cheese on the sauce (extra protein, helps contain the sauce).

    Salad greens mix, with the exception of iceberg lettuce.

    All enclosed in a nicely folded tortilla type bread, anything other than plain. Ex: sun dried tomato and basil, southwest, crushed red pepper, etc. Bagels are nice but a self-contained sandwich is better.

    Not very scientific (or always appetizing) but the point is to have a complex and varied diet as possible.


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    The food co-op at my school makes enormous, ENORMOUS sandwiches. They're big enough that you'd have to be able to unhinge your jaw to take a bite of it. Fillings are a bit...vegetable oriented though, but it's good for you, so that's ok.

    Co-op Sandwich Includes:
    *2 slices of stone ground multi-grain bread
    *Copious amounts of fresh roasted turkey
    *Guacamole
    *Hummus
    *Lettuce
    *Tomatoes
    *Onions
    *Spinach
    *Cucumbers
    *Sprouts
    *Olives
    *Roasted red peppers
    *Jalapenos
    *Thai bird's eye peppers
    *Hot mustard
    *Hand made cheese
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    My favourite's the one with me in the middle...
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    Hmm let's start off with some good whole wheat bread, or an artisans bread like rosemary with olive oil. Then add some sort of Dijon, or honey mustard, depending on the day. On top of that put some fairly thick but not overly thick slices of extra sharp non-lowfat cheddar cheese. Preferably the stuff that isn't mass-produced to an insane degree, it has more flavor. And low-fat cheddar is just gross, you can't melt it evenly at all and it has no bite. Then add ham, pastrami, turkey, chorizo or whatever lunch meat you want and enjoy. You can add additional toppings (like lettuce and tomato) if you want, but I usually don't have them in the house.
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    Well, I can't get it anymore, but the local Farmer's Market used to sell a Black Pepper Parmesan 'hearth' bread that went so perfectly with a nice aged swiss and Boar's Head Hickory smoked chicken breast that I'll never forget the flavor. I have no taste for sauces or rabbit food additions, so those three things are it for me.

    A good dark pumpernickel with provelone and roast beef is also in the mix.


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    PB & J.

    Any other quality man-sized style sandwich will do. Good crusty rolls or organic heavy-grain bread, with hummus and meat and cheese and hot peppers.

    Chicken and smoked meat together is very tasty.
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    My favourite is definitely one with fresh mozarella cheese, prosciutto (e.g. parma ham), tomato and olive oil and fresh basilicum or alternatively pesto.
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    No one wants to make the case for the BLT or club sandwich?

    BLT's are without a doubt the best day-after-the-night-before food.

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    Whatever cold meat I have, usually Polish or Danish Salami. Then I add:
    1 slice of tomato
    3 pieces of Celery
    3 small carrot pieces
    2 pieces of capsicum if it is available
    lots of onion
    Lettuce (but not a lot)

    It creates a great blend of flavours in my eyes, particularly the tomato and onion together.

    If I have left over chicken, then I will have that with Mayonnaise and lettuce.
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    Bacon, streaky, and slightly burnt. Lots of butter. Some ketchup. White bread (thick). And 40km of tabbing behind you. Can't be beaten.
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    In this great nation of ours, I've met many people, of many creeds, races, religions, and mothers. Now, as we progress through this century, we cannot refrain any longer, from the terrible issue that confronts us today. Today, ladies and gentlemen, we can see the very devil before us, his glittering black eyes sparkling between two slices of rye or wheat. We face an issue that has faced many citizens of this nation since the Earl of Sandwich did create such an object. Yes, I am talking about an abomination on this green Earth. An ill-made sandwich.

    Ah! I see you cringe at the very thought of such a concoction touching your taste buds! I did think so to, as I feared the deli and Subway. Who knows when such an event could strike? I think we all remember the "French 'wich Fiasco" of 1977 when several ill-made French dips caused riots and violence. Or, need I remind you of the "Moscow Incident" earlier this year, when two deli workers decided to make some very terrible sandwiches for their customers. They still, yes, still, are cleaning the blood from the very walls of that establishment.

    Now, you may fear this terrible creation, and so you should. I was a sanwichophobe for several years after I got an order mixed up with someone else's. Then, I found the magical wonder of, what the Americans call, a burger. You all may wonder why this is such a unique creation. Have we all not had a burger before, and felt the same apprehension at the thought of chewing into such a meal? I did too, before I met a very interesting Floridian, who proposed a 'Cheeseburger in Paradise', a most delicious meal. I have been informed, by this same Floridian, of other restaurants that provide 'Whoppers' and 'McBurgers'. No, as you sit there, shaking your head, you'll understand my enthusiasm. For, as I listened to him talk on, I realized that a burger would suitably replace a sandwich.

    Now you may ask the obvious question, why replace a sandwich with a burger? It's quite simple, actually.
    They both have buns that compress the meal between them. Like a sandwich. A burger has meat in the middle, like many of our favorite culinary sandwiches. But a burger is warm, and moist, and juicy, and can be enhanced, ladies and gentlemen, by lettuce, tomato, or ketchup. While I have no idea what we have to catch-up with, I can assure you that once you've found it, it is a delight. But you are all asking how can I provide you with such a delicious meal. It's quite simple.

    First, you go to you nearest 'McDonalds', 'Burger King' or 'Wendys'. They have any variety of 'burgers' that are fresh and warm. Do not fear the bright signs or the 'Americans' inside, but embrace it as your own. You will not again be disappointed at a deli, disenfranchised at a Subway, or hurt by the missing ingredient. Go for a burger, ladies and gentlemen. Get them a Whopper!
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    Very useful concepts gentelmen,

    in the time I livedi n the US I loved a place where they served a Manhattan steak&cheese sandwich with a special sauce....oh my god, it was heaven on earth.

    Here in Bavaria, I am working with the followinmg ingredients [Note: I never put all of them on one sandwich....that would be too much "Homer Simpson" for me]:

    - 18 month old mountain cheese
    - cream cheese
    - gammon
    - salads of all sort [tomato, lettuce, cucumber, etc...season dependent]
    - hard boiled eggs
    - Salchichon/ Chorizo or the Italian versions of hot sausages
    - Shrimps
    - Steak

    And most important: thingsd to spice up ya meal
    - Tabasco
    - Dijon Mustard
    - Chinese hot chillie sauce
    - Avocado cream
    - Vinegar
    - olive oil
    - Wazabi
    - pickles
    - onion



    The thing with sandwiches for me is:
    - one rarely has all the staff at home to prepare the sandwich of your dream
    - if you eat sandwich today, you gotta eat it tomorrow b/c of freshness of some ingredients and the ammount in which they are sold...e.g. lettuce. Me sometimes thinks it may be cheaper to buy a sandwich at e.g. Subways, but, they don't taste as good as my own creations. Well, most of the time.

    Question: I love to put the prepared sandwiches in the oven for a couple of minutes, as they get crispy that way plus I love melted cheese. Anybody else doing this frequently?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Subedei
    Question: I love to put the prepared sandwiches in the oven for a couple of minutes, as they get crispy that way plus I love melted cheese. Anybody else doing this frequently?
    Crispy rolls need a minute or so in a hot oven, indeed. Or they should be fresh. In the center of the town of Utrecht there is a bakery that makes these gorgeous big Italian crispy rolls. They have a stall on one of the canals where they sell the rolls fresh from the over, with the cheese/salami/chorizo/green pepper filling I mentioned. A handful of steamy, fluffy, fragrant goodness, Sir. Reason enough for the Adrianses to go shopping in Utrecht every once in a while.
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    Dark bread, the darker the better. Old cheese, good butter, some marmite and a few slices of cuccumber. Glass of milk, perfection.

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    The Reuben sandwich. This thread can be closed now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouzafphaerre
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    I'm in that camp.

    Last night's roast pork, with sauerkraut.

    Left-over chicken thigh meat, mayo, alfalfa sprouts.

    Stuff it in a half-pita, and call it a sandwich.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian II
    Crispy rolls need a minute or so in a hot oven, indeed. Or they should be fresh. In the center of the town of Utrecht there is a bakery that makes these gorgeous big Italian crispy rolls. They have a stall on one of the canals where they sell the rolls fresh from the over, with the cheese/salami/chorizo/green pepper filling I mentioned. A handful of steamy, fluffy, fragrant goodness, Sir. Reason enough for the Adrianses to go shopping in Utrecht every once in a while.
    I make a point of getting a Broodje Mario anytime I'm in Utrecht... I remember the days when they were cheaper, and no queues at the stall. Delicious, still.
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    cold roast pork thinly sliced with just a touch of yellow mustard.

    or

    canned tuna mixed together with mayo.
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    Some of my favorites:
    PB&J - the traditional lunch.

    For extra taste, toast the bread of a PB&J sandwich. Not heavily, enough to get it crispy and warm.

    PB&B - Peanut butter and banana - peanut butter on each slice of bread and a sliced up banana in between. Also consider toasting the bread.

    I also like rolls filled with meat, cheese, and mayonnaise. I'd throw in pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce when available. Apply the meat and cheese and warm, then the rest.

    Favored meats include ham, salami, turkey.

    Eggs and bacon would be good for a breakfast sandwich.

    And when you want to clog all your arteries, right now, there's always the deep-fried, cheese in the middle, bacon burger (that is, made from ground bacon!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed Rabbit
    PB&J - the traditional lunch.

    For extra taste, toast the bread of a PB&J sandwich. Not heavily, enough to get it crispy and warm.
    Try a PB & J on good oatmeal bread. Holy smackin' is that tasty!
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    tuna+mayo

    or

    Bagel+two slices of cheddar cheese+a slice of turkey or 7 pepperoni slices. My lunch usually consists of one of those.
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    My favourite sandwich, which i make for myself, involves the following.

    *White bread.
    *Turkey with Sage and Onion infused into it. It's made by Bernard Matthews i think, can be found in any good UK supermarket.
    *Heinz Sandwich Spread.

    Place the turkey on your bread, then spread over a good amount of spread, then slice your sandwich from the corners into four triangles.

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    A Baguette, Depot-loads of Butter, Branston Pickle, and Sliced Turkey. Noice.
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    Tortillas brisket onions sour pickles with a nice cervesa to wash it all down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strike For The South
    Tortillas brisket onions sour pickles with a nice cervesa to wash it all down.

    Im a south texas boy
    You clearly are - but that just raises the question - what's a brisket? And cervesa?
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    Cerveza you meant




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeus Caesar
    You clearly are - but that just raises the question - what's a brisket? And cervesa?
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