Here at Food Network, sandwiches go well beyond your basic ham and cheese — and we bet the same goes for your kitchen. That’s why the editors of Food Network Magazine want to know how you build your ultimate sandwich. What’s your cheese of choice? How do you slice it? Do you pile it high with all the fixings? Answer these questions (and more) below, then see how your favorite sandwich stacks up against others’ in a future issue. Read more
The history of Kentucky’s Hot Brown is as deliciously decadent as the state’s signature dish itself.
This hot turkey sandwich that comes drenched in a silky Mornay sauce got its start in the 1920s. It was dreamed up in the kitchen of the glamorous Brown Hotel, which had gained notoriety among Louisville locals and travelers alike for its legendary weekend dance parties. Chef Fred Schmidt needed a hearty dish to satisfy the masses and keep the celebration going during those swinging days of the Jazz Age. Accomplishing this task was no easy feat, as there were up to 2,000 people in attendance on any given weekend. But Chef Schmidt’s culinary talents proved to be formidable, as he transformed a few humble ingredients that he already had on hand — brioche bread, turkey, bacon and tomatoes — into a truly indulgent creation perfect for the hotel’s partygoers. He made an open-faced sandwich and then smothered it in a classic Mornay sauce (his featured Pecorino Romano, butter, cream and nutmeg). Read more
When you take away the meat from a sandwich, you want to be left with more than just a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread to guarantee a hearty sandwich. Fresh vegetables, bold spreads and a mix of textures are all key to turning out a satisfying meal, and Food Network Magazine’s Portobello-Chickpea Wraps deliver on all fronts.
In place of a beefy filling, this easy-to-make recipe stars earthy portobello mushrooms, which become tender and full of concentrated flavor when roasted with sweet onions and herbs. Roll them up in a lavash with a smear of smashed chickpeas and tangy balsamic vinegar, plus a duo of creamy cheeses and peppery arugula, then quickly bake the wraps so the bread toasts and the cheese turns gooey. To keep the meal simple and fresh, round out the sandwich with a quick-fix salad of simply dressed arugula, juicy tomatoes and more chickpeas.
Let’s face it: If you’re new to the no-meat-on-Mondays plan, eating a veggie-centric meal can be daunting. But the good news is there are a few tricks to not missing the meat, and perhaps the most important is playing up the vegetables with a variety of textures and flavors, just as Jeff Mauro does with his Fried Green Tomato Parm Sandwiches (pictured above).
The fun part about these Southern sandwiches — which make for a delicious addition to eat-with-your-hands barbecue and cookout food — is that kids can get involved, too. Set up an assembly line for the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs, and take turns battering the tomatoes before frying. Though the crispy texture of the green tomato stars in this classically Southern sandwich, Jeff puts an Italian twist on it by adding creamy Burrata cheese and canned tomatoes that he bakes until caramelized. Layer the cheese and two types of tomatoes on a soft brioche bun and top with giardiniera, a mixture of pickled vegetables, for a tangy bite.
If there’s one activity that epitomizes summer, it’s packing a picnic and enjoying the outdoors. And what better time to plan a beautiful meal outside than on the Fourth of July? For a quick and portable meal this Independence Day, try Giada De Laurentiis’ Caponata Picnic Sandwiches (pictured above). You can dig into these sandwiches — made in under an hour — utensil-free.
Staying true to its classic Sicilian flavor profile, this caponata features eggplant, celery, red pepper and onion. Giada sautes the veggies in olive oil until they’re slightly tender, then combines them with diced tomatoes, oregano and raisins. After the mixture simmers for 20 minutes, add red wine vinegar, sugar and capers for a sweet-and-salty element, known in a caponata. The end result: a flavorful relish that becomes the ultimate condiment for this sandwich. Grill ciabatta bread cut-side down until golden, then rub with fresh garlic. Add a slice of mozzarella cheese for richness, and finally, top with the caponata and another piece of bread. Wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap for a picnic-ready meal.
Some Maryland residents aren’t thrilled about the recent proposal of soft-shell crab, instead of crab cakes, as the official state sandwich. But Sen. Richard F. Colburn, the Eastern Shore Republican who introduced the bill, defends the decision: “The meat in some ‘Maryland crab cake sandwiches’ comes from as far away as Thailand,” he says. Soft-shell crab, meanwhile, has a short shelf life, so it’s more likely to be sourced locally. If it passes, the bill won’t go into effect until Oct. 1, about a month after soft-shell crab season ends. “As much as I may like to, I can’t justify this as an emergency bill,” Colburn says.
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Sandwich King Jeff Mauro once said, “Soup is the sandwich’s best friend.” Finally, there is a plate that is made just for this classic combo: the Soup and Sandwich Ceramic Tray Duo by Uncommon Goods. This tray features both a wide-mouthed soup bowl and perfectly sized sandwich plate so that as the nights start to get colder, you can easily enjoy this perfect pairing. It also works well for other great combos, like cake and ice cream or fruit and muffins.
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So tell us, what is your all-time favorite soup and sandwich combination?
Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford:
Pull out the bready insides of your roll when making a super-stuffed sandwich: There will be more room for the filling, plus it will be easier to eat. We used this trick to make space for all of the fixings in Food Network Magazine‘s Mushroom and Ham Po’Boy.
Three ultimate comfort foods all in one sandwich: grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese and pulled pork come together to form a cheesy pork sandwich that will be a special treat for you and your family. Don’t worry about making the pulled pork from scratch — if you have some leftover from a recent barbecue, feel free to use that or store-bought.
Get the recipe: Grilled Mac and Cheese With Pulled Pork
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You won’t need a panini press to make this grilled sandwich, which showcases some of Giada’s classic pairings: mozzarella, pesto and grilled vegetables. Eggplant, zucchini and red onions are cooked until tender and piled high on baguettes that have been slathered with basil pesto and topped with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes.
Make this a complete summer meal by serving gazpacho or a salad like Guy’s Grilled Romaine With Blue Cheese-Bacon Vinaigrette alongside.
Get the recipe: Grilled Vegetable Panini
Browse more of Food Network’s summer recipes in Grilling Central.