In the sandwich staples hall of fame, mixtures of meat and cheese rank high. And whether you were enjoying ham & cheese in your school lunchbox or turkey sandwiches post holiday dinner, chances are that these concoctions are still a big part of your lunches on a regular basis.
A classic is always a crowd-pleaser, but if you are looking to elevate that meat and cheese, here’s some easy (but delicious) ways to go about it.
The right ingredients make the sandwich, the most important one being the bread, says Josh Humphrey, COO, Peas & Carrots Hospitality (based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with restaurants in Michigan and Chicago. “Be it crunchy and warm, fresh out of the hearth (my personal favorite), a tortilla, or even naan, the bread is the foundation for a great sandwich,” says Humphrey.
Choose your combinations carefully.
A seemingly infinite number of foods can be put together to make a great sandwich. I’ve seen peanut butter and coconut, soft shell crab and charred onion mayonnaise, and countless combos of meats and cheeses. The key here is to know your palate and not be afraid to take chances,” says Humphrey.
Don’t be afraid of fat.
“I can’t stress this enough, the biggest mistake of the amateur sandwich-ista is that they do not add enough fat,” says Humphrey. A sandwich loves fat. “The satiety, the mouth-feel, the umami is critical. Using mayonnaise AND butter when making grilled cheese, slathering olive oil over a baguette or adding a fried egg on ANY sandwich ultimately makes it better!” says Humphrey.
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