Chicken parmigiana sandwich

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When lunch consists of nothing but a sandwich, then, it had better be a hell of a sandwich -- filling, tasty and with everything in it. We had bagels so I used bagels. The chicken filling was cooked with Parmesan, topped with mozzarella and more Parmesan and, between the chicken and the cheeses, a generous slather of thick tomato sauce. And, between the bottom half of the … [Read more...]

Vegetarian all-day breakfast sandwich

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Vegetarian girl, Sam, is home and a vegetarian breakfast is in order. Taking a cue from something she always says -- that a good vegetarian dish has multiple textures and flavors -- this sandwich that I prepared for her consists of four layers of filling, each with a distinct flavor and texture: a bed of lettuce (fresh and crisp), scrambled egg with onion and mushrooms … [Read more...]

Cheesesteak burritos

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There is a story that goes with this recipe that has to do with lying. You can click the link if you want to read it. Right now, this is about cheesesteak burritos and it is no lie when I say that the idea came into my head in a never-ending attempt to give new twists to old recipes.Cheesesteak, or Philadelphia cheesesteak, is a sandwich with thinly sliced steak and … [Read more...]

Fully-loaded breakfast pita

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I've baked bread many times, from pan de sal to filled rolls to fancy loaves, but I've never tried making flat breads. It's a frustration, really. We love Indian breads, naan and paratha in particular, but the kneading technique is different, and I'm still mustering the guts to try. Among Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flat breads, we like pita. And, of course, we're … [Read more...]

Spicy grilled cheese sandwiches

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Spicy, aromatic, creamy and gooey. The sandwich filling has two kinds of cheese, garlic, basil and chili, and a bit of salt and freshly milled black pepper. The bread slices are brushed with softened butter before the sandwiches are grilled.Why two cheeses? The cream cheese makes the filling very creamy, and that's a very nice thing. But you need a firmer cheese to hold … [Read more...]

My corned beef sandwich recipe

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I've always thought that ham sandwich was the epitome of comfort food, sandwich version, but I've changed my mind. About 80 percent of the corned beef that I made went straight between slices of bread. I really need to make space inside the fridge so that I can brine more beef to keep a constant and abundant supply of corned beef.Seriously addictive. And you don't even … [Read more...]

Frita Cubana (burger topped with shoestring potatoes)

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I owe this recipe to a drained mouse battery. I was working yesterday, my mouse went dead, I needed to recharge the battery and, while waiting, there was nothing much to do. I watched TV with Speedy, he switched to the Food Network, and there was this show, Burger Land, that I had never seen before. The host was in Miami eating a Cuban-style burger smothered with a spicy … [Read more...]

Hollandaise chicken sandwich

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The ubiquitous chicken salad sandwich is, more often than not, made with shredded boiled chicken tossed with mayo. Sometimes, chopped vegetables are thrown in. But shredded boiled chicken can be given better texture and flavor by browning the meat in a little butter over very high heat. And the mayo can be replaced by an endless array of other dressings.In this version … [Read more...]

Chickpea, cheese and pesto sandwich spread

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For a family that has always defined a sandwich as something that has meat between bread slices, one of the biggest challenges I faced when Sam turned vegetarian was coming up with meatless sandwich fillings. Since Sam loves chickpeas and cheese, I decided to make something with both. I threw in a few aromatics and pesto, and we had a sandwich filling that even carnivorous … [Read more...]

BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) bruschetta

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The bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, or BLT as it is more popularly called, is a relatively new invention. Unlike the empanada, for instance, which was being enjoyed in the Mediterranean as early as the 1500s, the BLT was unknown prior to 1900. And on its first appearance, it was merely a variation of the club sandwich. It has become a standard since.The … [Read more...]