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Maybe you’re tired of serving the same old BLTs every day. Maybe you like BLTs, but you’re wondering if you can serve them in a newer, more exciting way. Whatever your reasons for reconsidering your sandwich menu, here are just a few ideas to take it from drab to fab.
You might be most familiar with the calzone, but there are many other types of pocket sandwiches out there, including the stromboli, the runza, and the pepperoni roll. They don’t have to be pizza knockoffs. You can take any kind of flatbread and use it to create the titular “pocket” that holds fillings inside. Pita bread, for example, will pair nicely with lean meats and fresh, Mediterranean-style sauces like tzatziki. Focaccia bread can be used as a base for Italian sandwiches with zesty flavors and shiny oils.
The open-faced sandwich is a versatile one: You can make anything that you’d make as a traditional sandwich while also reducing its calories and increasing its aesthetic appeal. For example, an open-faced grilled cheese can look like something out of a Michelin restaurant when you put it on a multigrain flatbread and let the cheese ooze over the sides under a fresh sprinkling of parsley. You can also experiment with fancily folded deli meats, beautifully curled spring onions, and juicy slices of sun-dried tomatoes.
The Dagwood sandwich gets its name from Dagwood Bumstead, a character from the classic American comic strip Blondie. He used to create towering sandwiches made with multiple, vertically stacked layers and weird combinations of ingredients. You don’t have to emulate his bizarre culinary adventures, but you can steal his sandwich template. Just stack layers on top of each other with flavors and textures that go well together. If it gets too unwieldy to handle, you can always cut it lengthwise and serve it with toothpicks like a club sandwich.
Subs are a great way to diversify your menu. In addition to classic turkey subs, you can expand your horizons and experiment with new, cross-cultural flavors by serving sub-like sandwiches from other countries. The banh mi, for example, is basically a Vietnamese club sandwich with pickled veggies inside. The Cuban sandwich is a Key West staple that combines various meats and cheeses, and it could be considered a variation of the sub. The possibilities are endless if you’re willing to get creative.
These are just a few ways to jazz up your sandwich menu. Whether you’re putting new spins on old classics or trying something completely out of your comfort zone, it’s important to keep things exciting to succeed as a business.
About the Author
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/people/Rachelle-Wilber/100009221637700/