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Recipes Tagged with “sandwich”

Collard Sandwich

main course greens sandwich untested


for the cornbread:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 heaping tbsp. self-rising flour
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. peanut oil

for the greens:

  • 1 bunch collards, stemmed and cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tsp. sugar, plus more to taste


for the cornbread:

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add ⅔ cup water, plus more as necessary to thin the mixture to the consistency of pancake batter. Heat peanut oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the batter in softball-sized circles. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until browned.

for the collard greens:

Heat peanut oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add collards. Stir. When they begin to sizzle, add a splash of water, and then cover the saucepan and cook 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and sugar, adding more to taste.

for the sandwiches:

Cover two pieces of cornbread with collard greens. Top with two more pieces, and then cover each sandwich with 1-2 strips of cooked bacon. Serve immediately.

JoLynn’s Concessions, NC, via Garden & Gun


main course cajun sandwich untested


for the bread

  • 1 c. warm water
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 c. bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp lard or vegetable shortening
  • sesame seeds
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp cold water

for the olive salad

  • 1 1/2 c. green olives, pitted
  • 1/2 c. kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 c. giardiniera
  • 1 Tbsp. capers
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 c. celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c. roasted red peppers
  • 1 Tbsp green onions, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 1 1/2 c. olive oil

for the sandwich

  • 1/4 lb genoa salami
  • 1/4 lb hot capicola (or regular ham)
  • 1/4 lb mortadella
  • 1/8 lb sliced mozzarella
  • 1/8 lb sliced provolone


to make the bread Combine the water, yeast and sugar in the workbowl of a stand mixer, stir well and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until good and foamy. Meanwhile, combine the flours, salt, and lard in a bowl and work in the fat with your hands until broken up into very small pieces. When the yeast is foamy, fit the mixer with a dough hook attachment and gradually add the flour on low speed until its all incorporated. Scrape the sides down between additions. When the dough comes together, turn it onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 5-10 minutes, adding more flour if necessary.. Alternatively, you can let the machine do the work, but for me, bread is a touch thing. Coat a large bowl with the Olive Oil, then put the dough in, turning once to coat both sides. Cover loosely with a clean dry towel, or plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1-1/2 hours. Punch the dough down and shape into a flat round about 9 inches across (it will expand to about 10″.) Place the dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds, about 2-3 Tbsp should do it, then press them lightly into the dough. Loosely cover the loaf and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. When the dough has risen, remove the cover, gently brush with the egg wash then gently place into a preheated 425 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to 375 degrees F for an additional 25 minutes or until it’s golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

to make the olive salad Crush each olive on a cutting board with your hand. Combine all ingredients. Cover with oil. Put into a bowl or jar, cover and let the flavors marry for about one week.

to assemble the sandwich Cut the bread in half lengthwise. Brush both sides with the oil from your 1 week old Olive Salad, go a little heavier on the bottom. Layer half of the salami on the bottom half of the bread. Then the mortadella. Then the mozzarella, then the capicola/ham, provolone, and the remainder of the salami. Top this with the olive salad. Put the lid on and press it down without smashing the bread. Quarter it.

NOLA Cuisine

Steam Buns

main course chinese pork sandwich untested


  • pork belly
  • 1 cup warm water (105-115°F), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar plus a pinch
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dried milk
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Canola oil for greasing and brushing
  • hoisin sauce; thinly sliced cucumber; chopped scallions cucumber scallions (for serving)


Stir together 1/4 cup warm water with yeast and pinch of sugar. Let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. (If mixture doesn’t foam, start over with new yeast.) Whisk in dried milk and remaining 3/4 cup warm water.

Stir together flour and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar in a bowl, then stir in yeast mixture (do not add baking powder yet) with a fork until a dough forms. Knead dough with your hands in bowl until all of flour is incorporated. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead, dusting surface and hands with just enough flour to keep dough from sticking, until dough is elastic and smooth but still soft, about 5 minutes. Form dough into a ball.

Put dough in an oiled large bowl and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled, about 2 hours.

Punch down dough, then transfer to a lightly floured surface and flatten slightly into a disk. Sprinkle baking powder over center of dough, then gather edges of dough and pinch to seal in baking powder. Knead dough with just enough flour to keep dough from sticking until baking powder is incorporated, about 5 minutes. Return dough to bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then let dough stand 30 minutes.

Cut 16 (3- by 2-inch) pieces of wax paper.

Form dough into a 16-inch-long log. Cut into 16 equal pieces, then lightly dust with flour and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Roll out 1 piece of dough into a 6- by 3-inch oval, lightly dusting surface, your hands, and rolling pin. Pat oval between your palms to remove excess flour, then brush half of oval lightly with oil and fold in half crosswise (do not pinch). Place bun on a piece of wax paper on a large baking sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Make more buns with remaining dough, then let stand, loosely covered, until slightly risen, about 30 minutes.

Set a large steamer rack inside skillet (or wok) and add enough water to reach within 1/2 inch of bottom of rack, then bring to a boil. Carefully place 5 to 7 buns (still on wax paper) in steamer rack (do not let buns touch). Cover tightly and steam over high heat until buns are puffed and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer buns to a plate with tongs, then discard wax paper and wrap buns in kitchen towels (not terry cloth) to keep warm. Steam remaining buns in 2 batches, adding boiling-hot water to skillet as needed.

Return buns (still wrapped in towels) to steamer rack in skillet and keep warm (off heat), covered.

Brush bottom half of each bun with hoisin sauce, then sandwich with 2 or 3 pork slices and some cucumber and scallions.

Gourmet, October 2007

Alton Brown’s Private Cheeseburger

main course hamburger sandwich untested

Ingredients (per hamburger)

  • 3 ounces (86-88 grams) ground beef (<=80% lean)
  • 1 1/4 ounces (36-40 grams) grated cheddar cheese (mixture of sharp and mild)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 hamburger bun or (soft) Kaiser roll
  • 4-5 dill pickle slices or “chips”
  • Mayo and mustard
  • Oil or shortening for frying


Get a nice big dutch oven and add enough oil or shortening to be two inches deep. Install your fry/candy thermometer to the side of the pot and crank the heat to medium high. Your thermal destination is 320 degrees F.

Turn on your broiler and position rack in top position. This is a perfect time to use your toaster oven if you have one.

Meanwhile, weigh out the meat portions for however many burgers you want to make. Roll into balls and set aside. Do not refrigerate.

Grate the cheese. If you want 4 burgers, obviously you need 5 ounces total. Six would be 7 1/2, eight would be 10 ounces. Toss this cheese with the spices until all the powder has stuck to the cheese.

Place a thin layer of mayo on the bottom of the buns. Place half the cheese mixture on top of this. Spread mustard on bun tops and place the rest of the cheese on this. You should have half the cheese on the bottoms (on mayo) and half on the tops (on mustard). Place these under the broiler so that the cheese will melt as you cook the burgers.

When the oil hits 320 degrees F, place one of the meat balls on an upside-down sheet pan. Dip a wide metal grill spatula in the hot fat then use it to smash and spread the meat ball out into a 5 to 6-inch-wide disk. It will be irregular around the circumference and that’s good as all those irregularities will become crunchy goodness. The meat will also shrink by a couple of inches. Gently scrape the patty/wafer off the pan with the spatula and gently drop into the fat. Cook one minute, no more, no less. You can cook up to three patties at a time, but watch the oil temp and don’t let it drop to under 300 degrees F.

Remove meat to a paper towel to drain briefly then place it on the bun bottom right away. Place the pickles on top, then the bun top. The goal: bread/mayo/cheese/meat/cheese/pickles/mustard/bread.

Consume or wrap in foil and hold for up to half an hour.

Alton Brown

Taleggio, Pesto, and Pistachio Grilled Cheese

main course cheese sandwich untested


  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 slices white sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 3 ounces Taleggio cheese, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons shelled and crushed pistachios


Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low. Spread butter evenly on both sides of the bread slices. Place bread in skillet and toast until golden, about 2 minutes. Evenly sprinkle Parmesan on top of the slices and flip. Spread pesto on both slices and top with Taleggio. When cheese melts, turn off heat and sprinkle pistachios on one slice. Top it with the other slice with fillings facing in.


Pear, Bacon, and Brie Grilled Cheese

main course bacon cheese pear sandwich untested


  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • ½ large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • a ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 4 large slices of brie
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked until crispy


Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Melt butter and add onions and rosemary. Cook, stirring only a few times until caramelized, about 20 minutes. Butter one side of each piece of bread. Lay half the cheese on the non-buttered side of one slide of bread. Add half the caramelized onions on top of the cheese. Add the pear slices on top of the onions. Add the remaining cheese slices and then the bacon and remaining onions. Top with remaining slice of bread leaving the buttered side up. Place the sandwich in a large skillet over medium-high heat, press down firmly with a spatula or heavy object to help brown the bread and melt the cheese. Cook on one side for about 3 minutes, flip and do the same on the other side. Cut in half and serve warm.

Running to the Kitchen

Shooter’s Sandwich

main course sandwich steak


  • 1 giant, round crusty loaf
  • 2 good steaks (boneless)
  • 5-6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
  • 7 oz. shallots, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • some garlic
  • some brandy
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • horseradish
  • Dijon mustard


Slice the top off of your crusty loaf, and hollow out the middle. Melt the butter, and cook the shallots and mushrooms. Add garlic, brandy, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Sautee your steaks in some butter or oil of their own, seasoned w/ salt and pepper. Place one of the steaks into the loaf. Add all the mushroom mixture. Top with the other steak. Spread horseradish and Dijon, to taste, over the top. Take the whole loaf, wrap in parchment paper, string, and tin foil, and weight down with a cutting board and some nice heavy books, overnight (preferably in your cool basement, not in the refrigerator). The next day, slice into wedges as you’d cut a pie (just cut through the paper/foil), and enjoy.

The Grauniad

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

main course crockpot pork sandwich untested


  • 3 tablespoons canola or corn oil
  • 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 4 equal pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon each: dry mustard, salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 12 soft sandwich rolls, toasted


Heat the oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; brown the pork on all sides, about 12 minutes. Transfer pork to a slow cooker.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from skillet. Add the onion; cook over medium-high heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar; cook, stirring to scrape up browned bits, 2 minutes. Stir in ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, pepper and paprika. Cook stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to bubble, 1 minute. Pour over pork.

Cover slow cooker; cook on high until pork is very tender, 4-5 hours. (The pork can be cooked on low 8-10 hours).

Transfer pork to cutting board; shred, discarding fat. Skim excess fat from sauce; return pork to sauce. Stir to combine. Serve on buns with vinegar coleslaw.

Vietnamese Pork Sandwiches

main course pork sandwich untested vietnamese


  • 1/3 c mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp five-spice powder
  • 2 tbl Asian fish sauce
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • dash of sugar
  • 4 mini french bread loaves or hoagie buns
  • 8 strips cucumber–6"x1/4"
  • 8 oz thin strips deli or leftover roast pork or Asian barbecue pork
  • 1/2 c julienned carrots
  • 8 strips seeded deveined jalapeno chili
  • 12 sprigs cilantro (leaves and thin stems)


Combine mayonnaise and five-spice powder in a small bowl. Combine fish sauce, soy sauce, 1 tsp water and sugar in another bowl.

Slice bread horizontally without cutting all the way through. Spread about 1 tbs mayonnaise mixture on the inside of each loaf. Top each side with 1 cucumber slice, fill with pork. Top with carrots, chile and cilantro; drizzle lightly with fish sauce mixture.