Innovative, mouthwatering sandwiches are out there, and we’ll show you just where to find them. Plus, tips from an expert on how you can make your sandwiches sensational at home. And this fun fact – sandwiches are the most common entrée available on any menu, period!
As for what’s trending in ‘foodie’ pubs these days…
Sandwiches that experiment with new cuts of locally sourced meat; an emphasis on natural and less processed. Often times, the more outlandish the toppings are the better. 🙂 There’s an increased appetite for global flavors, gourmet presentations, locally-sourced ingredients, in addition to healthy alternatives for tried-and-true favorites.
The only real rule (we think) is that there are no rules. Fresh, new and exciting ways to tackle a hearty sandwich start by just keeping things interesting!
Introducing the #1 best selling sandwich on the menu at Local Foods Houston! The Crunchy Chicken Sandwich [above] is an unstoppable force of flavor featuring seared, chopped chicken, a nut “crumble”, provolone, buttermilk ranch, house-made pickles, tomato and romaine — all on a freshly baked pretzel bun. Tastes like happy!
Lookout for those fun sandwich tips from famed H-town Deli Man Ziggy Gruber (Kenny & Ziggy’s) exclusively for Goodtaste viewers – that’s below. Enjoy!
Good old grilled cheese has yet to let us down. Old faithful. Autumn officially begins later this month…might be time to start thinking about some grilled cheese & soup pairings. Talk about comfort food to the MAX!
Put a star next to this ultra cheesy creation. The Grilled Cheese from Yellow Jacket Social Club combines Fontina and Havarti cheeses with green onions, parsley and pickled jicama on a grilled sourdough panini. Dreamy…
This hidden gem in San Antonio’s Medical Center serves a range of sandwiches, along with breakfast fare and salads. Sandwich de Paris hooked us in with their Tsukemono (‘Pickled Things’) Sandwich: house cut sirloin, grilled and topped with tomato, cilantro, pickled carrot, cucumber, red onion, and aioli on a French baguette. Voilà…
Clear River in Fredericksburg is proud to do things a little differently. Don’t be surprised if Elvis or another fun character serves you at this old-timey Ice Cream, Deli and Bakery Shop off of E. Main St. 🙂
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of their sandwiches come on freshly baked bread. Case in point: the Turkey Zinger on wheat, fashioned with honey maple turkey, leaf lettuce, tomato and Clear River’s Pepper Jelly…sweet and spicy!
Now for a few craftsman tips from a true sandwich artist – Ziggy Gruber:
1) Bread is Everything.
Use the best bread around, true artisan-style, with a nice crunchy crust and a soft and fluffy inside.
2) Meat is Everything Too.
Buy the highest quality of meats. At most Jewish delis you’ll find great corned beef, pastrami, tongue, roasted turkey or fresh roast beef – none of that processed stuff! At an Italian deli, go for the highest quality of cured meats such as proper Prosciutto di Parma or San Danielle, cured salami and properly aged cheeses.
3) Think Outside the Iceberg.
If you want to use tomatoes or lettuce make sure they are of the highest caliber – heirloom or a real red Roma tomatoes. There are various lettuces you can use just make sure that they are tasty and organic.
4) Cater to Your Condiments.
Condiments are also key! For condiments in the Jewish deli, go strictly to either old-fashioned deli mustard (which has a kick to it since it’s ground with a little horseradish), or Russian dressing, which is a mixture of relish mayonnaise and ketchup.
In an Italian deli, use high-end balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil with some oregano and/or basil.
At home, I (me, Tanji) recommend perusing the Taste Elevated products – the Sweet & Spicy Mustard Seeds are delish and so is the Fig Chutney…and the Sweet Jalapeños with Tumeric and Ginger 🙂 .
5) Make it a MOUTHFUL.
Kenny & Ziggy’s is known for sky-scraping sandwiches. Piling a sandwich nice and high takes your sandwich to the next level, literally and figuratively.
6) Anything but Chips.
While potato chips are a typical side dish to a sandwich, try serving something like cole slaw, potato salad or macaroni salad for a meal that feels more rounded. A nice option to make your sandwich stand out.