A sandwich is a quick meal that you can make easily with a variety of ingredients you have around your home. Sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, meat or sliced cheese placed in between slices bread or more generally any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a container or wrapper of another food type. Sandwich is a true life skill. It can brighten up a desk lunch, make friends maybe even win over our enemies when we offer it to them. Sandwich building puts serious cooking principles to work, using great ingredients that are well balanced, correctly sized and placed in a certain order.
Sandwich was well known from the western world, all though it becomes prevalent worldwide over time. Sandwiches are a popular type of food for lunch, taken to work, schools or picnics to be eaten as part of a packed lunch. The bread can be plain or coated with condiments, like mayonnaise, mustard or ketchup. In hopes of enriching your lunch time and your culinary, you can experiment with different ingredients or you can follow a recipe to make a well-known classic.
Choose your favourite bread
Any type of bread will be fine for your sandwich, so you can pick the one that you love most. You can use pre-sliced bread or get a whole loaf and cut to your desired shape, use two slice of the same bread you have choose and lay them flat on a plate so you can build your sandwich easily. If you feel like making smaller sandwich, try using buns or rolls instead of bread. Look for pitas or tortillas if you’d rather have a wrap.
Spread condiments on the bread
Try using condiments such as mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup or a dressing to add more flavour to your sandwich, try as much as possible to spread a thin layer of the condiments on the bread using a knife so they cover the entire slice, you also need to be careful not to use much of the condiment if not it will drip out or spill easily when you start eating the sandwich.
Put meats and cheese
Choose one of the sliced bread to use as the bottom for your sandwich so you can start to assemble it, start layering thin slice of meat or cheese on the bottom of the slice bread so they don’t slip out while you eat. Use at least 2 to 4 slices meat and 1 piece of cheese so the bread is not the dominant flavour. For a healthier sandwich, look for low sodium or low calorie options.
Adding vegetables to your sandwich adds more texture. Classic sandwich vegetable includes lettuce, tomato and onions but when making your own, you can include whatever you want. Layer the vegetables on the top of the cheese and meat, keeping the heavier vegetables near the bottom and the lighter ones at the top.
Season your sandwich to give more flavour
Shake a small amount of salt and pepper on the sandwich to make it taste much better or if you want to give your sandwich an additional kick you can try different spices herbs you have around you, things like basil, oregano or cayenne pepper. You only need to use pinch of each spice so the flavour do not get too overwhelming, you can use fresh herbs in place of lettuce for the flavour to more prominent.
Toast the sandwich
If you want your sandwich hot or crunchy heating up your sandwich can help make the bread crispy and make it more enjoyable to eat. Place you sandwich on a baking sheet and place it in an oven preheated to 400 degrees until the cheese is melted or the bread is golden brown. At this point, take the sandwich out the oven and put the slice of bread on top to finish your sandwich. You can also toast your sandwich in a pan over medium low heat, doing this you need to spray the pan with cooking oil or butter so the bread does not get burn.
Cut your sandwich
Cutting your sandwich makes it easier for you to eat, once your sandwich is completely assembled. Press down on the top piece of bread to compress the sandwich so it is easier to cut using a serrated knife to cut through the sandwich so it doesn’t fall apart. You can cut your sandwich to your desired shape depending on how you want it. After a successful cut of your sandwich, eat it and enjoy your meal.
Choosing your bread
Look for a large round flat loaf in the one pound plus range, an eight inch diameter is good for keeping the bread in proportion. Larger loaves are easier to find at a bakery than the grocery store, although within 24 hours notice most grocers will bake a larger loaf for you.
Preventing soggy bread
One of the best things about this sandwich is that it should be made in advance, brushing the bread with mayonnaise prevent the bread from getting mushy. The fact acts as a barrier between the absorbent bread and wetter ingredients like tomatoes or lettuce.
Wrap and rest your sandwich
Now, you have gone through all this trouble to make the perfect sandwich, tightly wrapping the finished sandwich in a plastic wrap and refrigerating it for at least an hour before slicing it into two pieces allows all the flavour from the meats, cheese and vegetables to meld together and it makes the sandwich much easier to eat.