March 27, 2012
The Making of a Great Sandwich
Hi Herbies! Today we have a guest post from our friend, Kyle - who calls himself the Sandwich King. He likes to put together interesting combinations of different condiments and toppings. He's opened his own shop in Irvine, CA, you can keep up with his plans on Twitter at @PhoneyBaloneys and the Phoney Baloney's website.
Today he’s compiled a list of basics and put together a list of fancy sandwiches that are super healthy, and a break from the boring hummus and spinach combo. Below is his advice on the making of a great sandwich.
Kyle: I’m a stickler for the order of layering a sandwich’s ingredients; I really think the proper layering contributes heavily to the overall taste sensation of a great sandwich. That being said, you’ll see that in these recipes I tell you how I would layer the ingredients. If you think a different way would better suit your tastes, feel free to switch them up!
- Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Wheat Bread (This is my favorite kind)
- Any whole wheat bread, bun or baguette
- Whole wheat tortilla/wrap
Different Spreads & Sauces To Consider That Aren’t Just Hummus!
- Fig Butter
- Cranberry Jelly
- Mayo (pg. 271, HHC)
- Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
- Grilled Cheeze Spread (pg. 78, EHH) or Nacho Cheese Sauce (pg. 265, HHC)
Fillings (The Meat! Except Not Meat, YAY!)
Now for the recipes. Try them. They’re a little more work than your typical sandwich but well worth it. Besides, you can make the components on Sunday and have meals to grab and go throughout the week!
Fancy Grilled Cheese
- Toasted Whole-Wheat Bread
- Fig Butter or jam
- Grilled Onions
- HH Grilled Cheeze Spread (pg. 78, EHH)
- Green Apple Slices
This sandwich is an upgrade to standard grilled cheese that I’ve made on many occasions. It has a really deep, rich contrast in flavors and textures that keep things exciting the whole way through. Fig butter can be found at Trader Joe’s or by artisan jelly makers and is the perfect compliment to both sweet and savory ingredients.
- Whole wheat bread or baguette
- Baked, Roasted or Grilled Zucchini, Eggplant, Red Bell Pepper
- Red Onion
- Nutritional Yeast
- Italian dried herbs
Classic Italian flavors make this sandwich nice and comforting at any time of the day. You can add another layer of marinara sauce after the red onions if you prefer. The Italian herbs and nutritional yeast give it that parmesan-like flavor
- Whole wheat burger bun
- HH Edamole (linked above)
- Black Beans, lightly mashed
- HH Nacho Cheese Sauce (pg. 265, HHC)
- Romaine Lettuce, shredded
- Diced Tomatoes
This is a healthy take on the classic torta, which is why a whole wheat burger bun (instead of the typical telera roll) is the preferred bread choice. Spread the top bun with another thin layer of edamole and DISFRUTAR!
- Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Wheat Bread
- Lentils, mashed and simmered in BBQ Sauce
- HH Sweet Slaw (pg. 223, EHH)
I love BBQ, but your typical BBQ foods are usually pretty hazardous to your health. This sandwich gives you those familiar BBQ flavors without sacrificing your well-being. I love Ezekiel bread on all sammies, but it works really well in this recipe due to its nuttiness and rich texture. If you don’t have access to it, just use another form of whole wheat toast.
Thanks for sharing your sandwich genius Kyle! And don't forget to give his new sammie shop, Phoney Baloney, a "like" on Facebook.