Sometimes it’s the only thing that can satisfy my craving. How can something so simple as two pieces of bread book-ending some meat or vegetable, maybe some cheese and some sort of dressing be so enticing. I have found that I’m not the only person who feels this way. So many people in my circle of friends who have embraced the Paleo nutrition lifestyle feel the same way. I know because we talk about it ….. a lot. Let’s just say that most of the Paleo bread recipes leave much to be desired in terms of taste and texture. So; when a great tasting Paleo bread actually comes along then the possibilities are endless. Here are some of my favorite renditions of sandwiches that are not only Paleo but also taste great and simple to make. The bread in each of these is from our new Nourishe Sandwich Thin Mix!
The All American Hamburger can now be enjoyed on an actual bun. So ditch the lettuce wrap concept. Dress it anyway you like; But I love it simple and traditional. A thick, hand-formed patty seasoned with just salt & pepper grilled to medium and dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, slice of onion and a little mayo and mustard.
Several years ago I went to New Orleans on vacation and had the pleasure of eating an authentic Muffuletta sandwich. The traditional sandwich was good but the grains and the carbs did a number on me and I didn’t enjoy the after so much. This version can be enjoyed with no such issues. We made ours piled high with pastrami, roast beef, ham and provolone cheese. What makes it so good is the olive salad spread on both pieces of bread. Simply combine chopped black and green olives with some chopped giardiniera (pickled cauliflower, carrots and celery), a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of dried oregano. Use your hands to press the sandwich down and then dig in.
Everyone pretty much knows that I’m a meat eater. However sometimes I really want just vegetables. This vegetarian Grilled Triple Pepper with Sun Dried Tomato & Kale Crisps sandwich was amazingly good. I rubbed olive oil and oregano on red, yellow and green bell peppers and then roasted in the oven at 425 degrees for approximately 20 minutes until they became tender and the skins were a bit charred. At the same time rub de-stemmed and torn kale leaves with olive oil and bake them for about 10 minutes until they become crisp. The kale really adds flavor and crunch. Spread both pieces of bread with Dijon mustard for that kick; add few slices of sun dried tomatoes. Layer all roasted peppers and the kale crisps to assemble the sandwich. This was very savory and satisfying.
I guess I’m just a New Orleans food fan because one of my other favorite sandwiches is the classic Po-boy. Usually it’s made with something fried such as shrimp or oysters. I decided that a pan grilled salmon patty would work just as well and made a Salmon Croquette Po-boy. All you have to do is open a can of salmon, break it up with a fork. Then add some finely chopped white onions, some dill, a little salt & and pepper to taste and then bind it with an egg. Use your hands to form a patty and gently lay in in a hot pan with some heated coconut oil or butter. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until outside is crispy golden brown and the inside is hot. Finish the sandwich with some thinly shredded lettuce and some remoulade sauce made from mayo, a bit of tomato paste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a little honey and a little vinegar. Yum!
Finally there is the sandwich that takes me back to when I was a little girl, Grilled Cheese. This Grilled Triple Cheese Panini is a grown up version. I used sharp cheddar, creamy goat cheese and provolone. But you can use any cheese that you love. To kick it up a notch I added a few raisins for a hint of sweetness and a few sliced almonds for texture and crunch. Sandwich these ingredients between two pieces of bread and grill in a flat or ridged grill pan like I did. Put a heavy weight (another pan bottom) on top to press, turning once to grill the other side until cheese melts. Served with a hot soup and you have a perfect lunch.
I hope these sandwiches help you generate your own ideas about some of your loved favorites or spur new creations that will become future traditions. - Della