We have almost given up mayonnaise, cheddar, and muenster in favor of a thick layer of cream cheese on many of our sandwiches (and not just our favorite sprouts sandwich pictured above). Wanna know why?
In our opinion, cream cheese pulls double duty. It adds a slight tang, body, and flavor, just like a slice of cheese would do, and it also adds creaminess and moisture, like mayonnaise. Depending on how much you use, it's lower in calories than the other two combined, and bonus: it's tacky enough to keep slippery toppings (like cucumbers or sprouts) in place.
We think cream cheese works best with a vegetable or a turkey sandwich. So don't worry, we're not pushing it on your roast beef or chicken cutlet. And certain sandwiches really need mustard (although we don't mind the taste of cream cheese with mustard). But with some herb turkey and cucumber? Or this sandwich? Divine.
If you're stuck in a rut with the same sandwich every day, try this. We've been eating it for lunch every day for a week and we're not sick of it yet.
(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)