Bored with Lunch? 3 Tips for Making World-Class Sandwiches

There are only so many days in a row that you can eat the same old deli turkey on whole wheat sandwich, am I right? Here are three ideas for making sandwiches that will have you looking forward to lunchtime.

Switch Up the Bread: Sad wimpy bread is the downfall of many a good sandwich, but even slices of artisan sourdough can get old if you have it every day. Instead of grabbing your usual loaf, look around and see what else might work. Pita bread, baguettes, ciabatta, multi-seed rye loaves: anything that will shake you out of a rut.

Switch Up the Spread: There's a whole wide world of condiments out there. Instead of mustard and mayo, get creative with the other jars in your fridge. Spreads like pesto, muhammara, tapenade, or even fig jam make tasty additions to sandwiches.

Add One Oddball Ingredient: If you peruse the menus at fancy gourmet sandwich shops, you'll notice that almost every sandwich has one oddball ingredient. These are things like sliced granny smith apples, hardboiled eggs, seared asparagus spears, cranberry dressing, and pickled beets. This unexpected ingredient is meant to contrast the more standard sandwich ingredients and tickle your fancy. And it works!

What other tips do you have for making stellar sandwiches?

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