Sandwich King Jeff Mauro’s Top-5 Healthy Sandwich Toppings

by in Healthy Tips, October 6, 2011
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Sandwich King and newest Food Network Star, Jeff Mauro

Fresh off of our September Brown-Bag Challenge, we’ve still got sandwiches on the brain. Sandwiches are an easy, packable and healthy meal, as long as you don’t add piles of deli meats or loads of mayonnaise. But what can you add to your sliced bread to make a standout sandwich without adding lots of fat and calories?

Winner of this year’s Food Network Star and reigning Sandwich King (and host of the show bearing that same majestic title) was in New York City this weekend for the New York City Wine and Food Festival , so who better to go to for sandwich secrets?

Jeff shared with his his favorite high-flavor, low-guilt sandwich toppings:

1) Pickled Jalapenos: For sheer briny heat.

2) Honey Dijon Mustard: No fat, all flavor. Its sweetness pairs well with any type of brined vegetable, like pickled jalapenos.

3) Cherry Pepper Relish: Less heat, more sweetness; gives your sandwich an edge without many calories.

4) Roasted Tomatoes: Drained and seeded canned whole tomatoes, tossed with a little salt, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and roasted on a pan at 400 degrees until carmalized and slightly dried out. Amazing blast of tangy tomato-y flavor.

5) Reduced Balsamic Vinaigrette (aka King Juice): Curb the olive oil and lessen the fat — a dose of this and maybe a little mustard, or mixed into some mayonnaise — it’s a killer sandwich spread.

King Juice

(serves 6-8) by Jeff Mauro

4 cups balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground pepper

5 sprigs fresh thyme

8 whole basil leaves

4 whole garlic cloves, crushed

2 shallots, roughly chopped

Heat balsamic in heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat. Dump the other ingredients into the sauce pan, stir well and bring to a steady simmer, stirring frequently. When liquid reduces by 50%, take off heat and cool. Strain with fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Store in an airtight container in fridge for up to 2 months.

*Make sure you have proper ventilation; this stuff is pretty pungent.

What’s your go-to healthy sandwich topping?

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Comments (19)

  1. cdpquilter50 says:

    What happened to this show? It's the best thing that has happened to Food Network in a long time. Dave has a very refreshing style and his show is beautifully taped. Please don't let him go.

  2. lblomqui says:

    Agreed! The recipes were delicious, and he gave us a different personality than what currently exists

  3. Loretta says:

    Where is the sandwich king!!! I look forward to seeing Jeff and new sandwich receipes every weekend!

  4. TLS says:

    Bring Jeff Mauro baaaack!!

  5. Alicia says:

    Watch Food network all the time one of my favorite shows is the Sandwich King. BRING JEFF MAURO BACK!!!

  6. KAKP says:

    where is JEFF MAURO ??? and why is Food Network not explaiing what happened to his show ??
    HELLO viewers at the very least deserve an explanation PRONTO ~ with out us there would be no network !!!

  7. TLSterling says:

    Maybe the network will give him more episodes next time- I was so surprised to see him disappear as well—we love you Jeff Mauro… Long live the Sandwich King!

  8. Dan blaha says:

    We are from Chicago and. The Sanwich King made us proud.. Mmm can still taste the Italian Beef!! Bring Jeff back. Dan&Ev Blaha

  9. Debby says:

    Fondant is sooo boring and not nearly as tasty as real icing. So many boring cupcake and cake wars – real people do not cook like this, but, we do make sandwiches. Is the Sandwich King AWOL or what. We need shows like his or we will move on to travel channel, etc. Trust me, he is the best thing to happen to Food Network since Guy Fieri.

  10. LouGSOLFOT says:

    personally, he drove me nuts, couldn't stand more than a minute or so of the show. I did try a few shows, just to be fair, and no way….

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