Sandwich maker recipes: Really good tips
Sandwich maker recipes: Where to start
I know that you may already have or are considering to purchase a sandwich maker to quicken the process of making good sandwiches. In this post, I will be providing some (really) good sandwich maker recipes. Actually, in fact I will give you 38,416 sandwich’s ingredient combinations for FREE.
If you don’t have a sandwich maker yet, I strongly recommend you to read my reviews for the two best:
Sandwich (in a nutshell)
- Simply put, it is an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with cheese, egg, lean ham, pastrami, tomato, red pepper, margarine, hummus, cooked chicken, grated carrot, avocado, salmon, ricotta ……. (yes, the list goes on like forever) eaten as a meal or snack.
- Statistically, there are approximate 4+ million searches for a single keyword “sandwich” annually on Google alone, which is an undeniable proof of how human beings love sandwiches.
Men and sandwiches have always gone together. Sandwiches originally started out as a food enjoyed by men who wanted something convenient to fuel their nights of drinking and gaming. The food famously got its name from John Montagy, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who, in order to keep his hands from getting greasy while munching on a slab of meat during a game of cribbage, had his valet stick the meat between two slices of bread.
Why do we all crave for sandwiches?
Fast, inexpensive, potable, and filling – No matter it is Reubens, chicken salad, Cubans, egg … if there’s meat, cheese, and other goodness stuffed between two slices of bread, I love it. I bet you do too.
In this article, I will provide you best sandwich maker recipes. All you need to start is a magical sandwich formula:
Perfect sandwich = Breads + Spread + Protein filling + Vegetables
Sandwich maker recipes for Snack
The golden rule of thumb when you employ sandwich maker recipes for snack is to keep it simple, whether it is egg sandwich or chicken salad sandwich for school lunch ideas. Simplicity helps you save time, energy and (sometimes) money, while controlling your kids’ weight effectively. Here are some sandwich ideas for snack you may want to use and rotate (just do not put all at once):
- Peanut butter
- Jam (thinly spread)
- Honey (thinly spread)
- Ham or beef or chicken
- Luncheon meat
- Mashed avocado
These simple, yet elegant, snacks will give you energy boost to stay active in your life and work.
Quick snack sandwich recipe #1: Cheddar and apple sandwich
This is a 10-minute easy-to-make sandwich recipe that you may love to do every single day.
- 2 slices of bread (preferably multigrain, Italian, or French)
- 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
- 1 ounce thinly sliced Cheddar
- Several pieces of thinly sliced apple
- Chutneys or relishes for extra flavor.
- Spread 2 slices of bread with whole-grain mustard.
- Top 1 slice with Cheddar and several pieces of apple. Sandwich with the remaining bread.
Quick snack sandwich recipe #2: Crab roll sandwich
- 2 pounds cooked crabmeat
- 2 bunches scallions, white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced
- 2 celery stalks, finely diced
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 rolls or hot dog buns
- 8 leaves lettuce (such as Bibb)
- 3 ripe tomatoes, sliced
- Pick over the crabmeat, discarding any pieces of shell. Finely chop the meat.
- In a medium bowl, combine the crabmeat, scallions, celery, lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.
- Toast the rolls until lightly browned.
- Spoon some of the chilled crabmeat mixture onto half of each roll, then place some of the lettuce and tomato on the other half. Serve immediately.
Quick snack sandwich recipe #3: Barbecue chicken sandwich
This chicken sandwich recipe can be one of your easy lunch ideas!
- 1 3 1/2- to 4-pound rotisserie chicken, meat shredded (about 5 cups)
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, roughly chopped (optional)
- 4 hamburger buns
- potato chips (optional)
- In a bowl, combine the chicken, barbecue sauce, and jalapeños (if using).
- Divide the mixture evenly among the bottoms of the buns and sandwich with the tops. Serve with the potato chips (if using).
Sandwiches for Lunch (or your “serious” meal)
There, of course, should be more substantial than sandwiches for snacks. You should use high-fibre breads where possible. Making sandwiches with one slice of wholemeal and once slice of white bread is also a good idea to gradually increase fibre intake in younger children.
Use the following suggestions to vary your combinations:
|Wholegrain||Light cream cheese||Tuna||Cucumber|
|Rye||Cottage cheese||Lean ham||Avocado|
|White high-fibre||Ricotta||Lean beef||Tomato|
|Rolls of all types||Chutney/relish||Lean corned beef||Grated carrot|
|Focaccia||Yeast extract||Pastrami||Grated courgette|
|French stick||Hummus||Cooked chicken||Red pepper|
|Panini||Dips||Lean salami||Grilled vegetabes|
|Pita bread||Light mayonnaise||Luncheon||Chopped celery|
|Bagels||Peanut butter||Reduced-fat hard cheese||Coleslaw|
|Muffin splits||Mashed avocado||Cottage cheese||Gherkin|
|Tortillas||Mashed banana||Peanut butter||Pineapple|
|Rewena||Jam (thinly sliced)||Salmon||Cherry tomato|
If you have not noticed, I just give you 14x14x14x14 = 38,416 sandwich ideas combination. It is fun to sort the list in alphabetical order and pick up a row for your newest sandwich recipe. I encourage you to try on new combination because success requires experiment. However, if you need an already tried-and-tested sandwich combinations, wait no more.
Great combinations for sandwiches
with egg (mash egg with a little low-fat milk or light mayonnaise):
- spring onion
with tuna/salmon (mix with a little light mayonnaise):
- cottage cheese and spring onion
- grated carrot and tomato
- lettuce and crushed pineapple
with cold meat (ham, beef, corned beef, pastrami, cooked chicken or luncheon):
- chutney, lettuce and tomato
- avocado and tomato
- cream cheese and gherkin
- tomato and cucumber
- cheese and pineapple
with cheese (edam, cottage, feta, etc.):
- crushed pineapple, spring onion
- relish and tomato
- shredded lettuce and tomato
- yeast extract with lettuce
Sandwiches for vegetarian
- peanut butter, grated carrot and chopped raisins
- peanut butter and banana
- cheese, raisins and chutney
- baked beans, spring onion and chopped celery
- hummus, tomato and cucumber
- felafel, (sliced) tomato and lettuce
- egg, lettuce and cucumber
- roasted vegetables and cheese
Toasted sandwiches and toasties
To make healthy toasted sandwiches or toasties, you should follow the hints of keeping high in fibre and low in fat by using wholemeal, whole grain or high-fibre white bread. If you need to spread the outside of sandwiches to prevent sticking, use only a thin spread of magazine. However, using magazine on the inside of the bread as well is not necessary.
In addition, you may try to limit the number of high-fat fillings/toppings. For example, cheese and salami are both high in fat. Replace the salami with some vegetables, pineapple or baked beans.
For cheese, choose lower fat versions of hard cheese, such as edam or reduced-fat cheddar. And remember to add chutneys or relishes for extra flavor.
Good combinations of toasted sandwiches and toasties include:
- cheese and pineapple
- cheese and finely chopped spring onion
- cheese and tomato
- cheese and creamed corn
- cheese and relish
- cheese, relish and creamed corn
- cheese and sliced cooked vegetables
- cheese and grilled red pepper
- baked beans or canned spaghetti
- baked beans or canned spaghetti with cheese
- backed beans or canned spaghetti with finely chopped celery or pepper
- lean ham and tomato
- chicken, cheese and pineapple
- lean beef, gherkin and relish
Wow, cheese cheese and cheese. What if I do not like cheese or run out of it?
Evidently, toasted sandwich fillings go way beyond cheese with more creative choices such as chipotle, chorizo, chicken, and even … chocolate to give an earthy, spicy, richness and extra savory hit. Below are some recipes you can replicate to do toasties without cheese:
Sandwich maker recipes #1: The Elvis-inspired toasties
[Difficulty level: Able to do blindfolded]
- 2 slices thick white bread
- 1-2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- Spread a generous amount of peanut butter on one slice of bread, then top with the sliced banana, honey and a little cinnamon. Top with the other slice, then spread with butter on the outside before toasting.
Sandwich maker recipes #2: Cheese, chocolate and chipotle toastie
[Difficulty level: Easy]
- Olive oil
- 50g mature cheddar, finely sliced
- 2 slices sourdough bread, 1cm thick
- 35g mozzarella, sliced or torn
- Pureed chipotle in adobo, to taste
- 5g dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa), grated
- Heat a little olive oil in a griddle pan or regular frying pan. Meanwhile, assemble your sandwich. Put the cheddar on one slice of bread followed by the mozzarella. Spread a very thin layer of chipotle puree on the other slice. Sprinkle the chocolate over the mozzarella and slap on the lid.
- When the pan is hot, cook the toastie over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, flattening the sandwich until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden.
Sandwich maker recipes #3: Hangover cure
[Difficulty level: Easy]
- A slab of butter
- 2 slices of white bread
- A spoonful of chilli jam or sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
- Smoked cheddar, thinly sliced
- 1-2 slices of parma ham
- A large handful of rocket
- A handful of grated mozzarella
- Butter one slice of bread, then spread the other slice with the chilli jam and/or finely chopped sundried tomatoes. Or both, depending on mood. Be generous.
- Assemble the sandwich, first by adding the thinly sliced smoked cheese, then the ham and rocket. Finish with a good sprinkling of mozzarella.
- Butter outside and fry on a medium heat, in a dry nonstick pan for about 4 minutes per side. Flatten down with a flipper until oozing, toasty and golden.
Sandwich maker recipes #4: Mumbai seeded toasties
[Difficulty level: Intermediate]
- 200g potatoes, cut into small chunks
- 1 large carrot, cut into small chunks
- A handful of frozen peas
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 green chilli, thinly sliced
- 1cm piece of ginger, finely chopped
- 250g passata
- 1-2 tsp pav bhaji masala (available in Indian stores)
- 1 tsp garam masala
- Lemon juice, to taste
- 8 slices seeded bread
- Boil the potatoes, carrots and peas until tender, then roughly mash together.
- Heat the oil in a lidded frying pan or saucepan over a medium-high heat, then add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds once the oil is hot. As soon as the seeds start to crackle, add the diced onion, garlic, thinly sliced green chilli and ginger. Cook for a few minutes until brown.
- Add the passata then give it a good stir. Add the pav bhaji masala, garam masala and salt to taste. Stir again, reduce the heat and cover with the lid.
- After a few minutes, add the mashed vegetables and mix well. Reduce the heat, cover and leave for a few minutes, taking care that it doesn’t stick to the bottom and start to burn. Open the lid and have a tTaste and add some freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Spread butter on the outsides of the bread, then put a generous layer of potato on one slice, then top with the other. Toast in a toasties maker until golden, then repeat with the rest of the filling or keep in the fridge or freezer for another time.
Sandwich maker recipes #5: Korean toasted egg sandwich
[Difficulty level: Intermediate]
- 30g butter
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 slices bread (preferably soft white)
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 tbsp carrot, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp spring onion, finely chopped
- Salt and black pepper
- 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 2 tsp mayonnaise
- 4 slices emmental cheese
- 2 slices wafer-thin ham
- 1-2 tbsp cabbage, finely sliced
- Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the butter and 2 tbsp oil and gently fry the bread on both sides until a light golden brown. You may need to do this in batches. Remove from the heat and set aside while you prepare the egg mixture.
- Beat the eggs and combine with the chopped carrot and spring onion, salt and pepper.
- Heat a small frying pan with 1 tbsp oil over a medium heat. Make sure the bottom of the pan is well-coated with oil, before wiping away the excess with kitchen paper.
- Pour the egg mixture into the pan and shake the pan so that it covers the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to low and gently cook the omelette for about 2 minutes. Flip the omelette over and cook for 1 minute until the omelette has just cooked through. Set aside to cool and then cut in half.
- Combine the tomato ketchup with the mayonnaise and spread it over 1 side of each slice of toast.
- Build the sandwich by adding enough cheese to cover the base of each slice of toast. Top with the ham and the omelette (trimmed to fit the toast, if you want). Add a sprinkling of sliced cabbage and top with the remaining toasted bread.
- Gently reheat each toasted sandwich in the frying pan for about 1 minute until just warmed through, and serve.
Sandwich maker recipes #6: Chicken and chorizo Cubanos
[Difficulty level: Intermediate]
- 50g chorizo, chopped
- A small handful of mushrooms, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 200g roast chicken, shredded
- A small handful of parsley, roughly chopped
- Salt and black pepper
- 4 slices of bread
- 50g of a good melting cheese (such as manchego)
- Put the chorizo in a frying pan over a medium heat and cook until it has started to crisp up and release its oil.
- Add the mushrooms to the pan. When they begin to turn a nice brown colour add the garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Finally add the shredded chicken and parsley to the pan. Toss everything together and take the pan off the heat. Season to taste.
- Butter one side of each piece of bread. In a dry frying pan, fry the bread butter-side down over a medium-high heat until golden. Repeat for all 4 slices. Once all the bread is fried on one side, butter the uncooked side of the bread.
- Flip, then add the cheese to the crusty fried side of the bread, top with the filling and then add more cheese.
- Place another slice of bread on top (fried side down) with the buttered side facing up. Repeat for your second sandwich, and place the other in a warm oven.
- Flip each sandwich and place butter side down in the dry frying pan once again. Squash the cubano as it cooks – you want that cheese to melt and glue everything together. Once the bottom of your cubano is golden, flip it over and cook until the bread is golden on both sides and the cheese is melted.
(Thanks to Guardian Witness for those sandwich recipe inspirations)
I hope these magical formula, combination secrets and sandwich maker recipes will inspire you to make better sandwiches in the future. Please share with us your experiences sampling with those sandwich combinations. Remember: Success requires experiments.
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