When you ship your little ones off to school with well-stocked lunchboxes, the last thing you want to worry about is whether they’re trading in those painstakingly crafted meals for someone else’s puddings. Start the new school year right by making better-than-basic sandwiches that kids will be proud to tote and eager to chow down on come lunchtime. They can even help make some of the recipes — lessening your burden, and ensuring they aren’t subsisting on a boxed meal from some other mom’s pantry.
Pastrami Football Finger Sandwiches (shown above)
Your little athlete will love these bite-size, football-shaped sandwiches filled with pastrami and a cheesy-pepper mixture. You might want to toss some extra finger sandwiches into the lunchbox — his fellow linebackers might intercept a few.
Though the staple of your youth may have been nothing more than American cheese on butter-smeared white bread, modern takes on grilled cheese consider that assembly just a starting point. Next time you get a hankering for the buttery, griddled goodness of an oozing grilled cheese sandwich, stack a few creative ingredients that can elevate the childhood classic to a satisfying, comforting main.
Get this: When you sandwich smoky roasted poblano peppers and creamy Monterey Jack cheese between two slices of bread, you’ll get a flavor reminiscent of classic chiles rellenos. Bring two cultural classics together for a Roasted Poblano and Mushroom Grilled Cheese, and don’t forget to brush the bread with a little chipotle in adobo for added heat.
This season, eight Major League Baseball stadiums in cities across the country rolled out sandwich carts featuring Food Network signature sandwich creations. As if the rivalry between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals could not get any more intense this weekend, both Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and Busch Stadium in St. Louis will be offering their city-specific steak sandwiches, custom made with local flavors like St. Louis-style barbecue sauce during the World Series.
Paula’s Uncle Bubba serves his classic deep-fried shrimp po’ boy, a traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana, on a toasted hoagie roll with tartar sauce. If you want to feel like you’re in New Orleans, ask your family if they’d like their sandwich fully “dressed,” which means adding lettuce, tomato and mayo (in this case tartar sauce).