The Cutest Ham and Cheese Biscuits in the World

The cutest ham and cheese biscuit sandwiches everFlaky biscuits, smokey fried ham, buttery muenster cheese and sweet honey butter makes these miniature Southern heart-shaped (OMG CUTE!) sandwiches perfect for picnics, parties, and binge eating when you’re depressed and have no ice cream. Each bite is packed with Southern goodness and the heart shape adds an extra layer of fun and romance… even when it’s lacking in real life. I swear I’m not sad today, but I do recommend serving them with like 1 thousand mimosas and a few of your favorite hot sauces.

Get my recipe from my Sandwich Expert page on About.com [HERE].

Easy Pickled Red Onions

easy pickled red onionsEven though red onions are among the mildest of onions, they sometimes can be too strong, spicy, or overbearing to eat in large doses… And ain’t nobody want dat stinky onion breath! Sure, you’re probably familiar with putting a few thin slices on your sandwiches but these quick pickled red onions are a simple sandwich secret that will forever change your mind about this sometimes breath-wrecking vegetable.

Rather than crying over the pungent scent, the pickling process breaks down the strong odors and helps sweeten up the red onions to showcase their natural sugars. Of course they’re amazing on sandwiches like this grilled summer squash sandwich or on these super flavorful dr. pepper pulled pork sliders, but they’re also a welcomed condiment to any salad or meat dish. Try using them on fried fish tacos, veggie-loaded falafel sandwiches, vinegar-based pasta salad, and/or in creamy dishes like coleslaw. And don’t forget the grilled cheese!

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The Everything-Everything Bagel

open-faced bagel sandwichThis open-faced breakfast sandwich was originally created to cure a nasty hangover while camping in upstate New York… but that really has nothing to do with anything because this recipe is totally doable anywhere in the world – but only if they sell (or you can make) bagels of course! Half of an everything bagel is smeared with cream cheese and topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, scallions, salt and freshly cracked pepper. It’s a great way to start the day and because it’s open-faced it will help prevent you from starting your day by inhaling a bunch of carbs in the morning. And if you don’t have a campfire, just toss your bagel half in the toaster and let it crisp up in there. It doesn’t matter as long as you get a nice texture on the outside of the bread.

And although this sandwich is perfect as-is, it should also serve as a starting point to create even more tricked-out breakfast sandwiches. For example, try adding on smoked salmon and a few capers for some added spunk. Or get a little more creative and add a few thin slices of prosciutto with some baby arugula and balsamic glaze. The possibilities are endless here people! Oh, and please don’t pay any attention at all to how dirty my fingernails were… I was camping… foraging for food… keeping my dog away from the bears, remember?!

Get the recipe from my Sandwich Expert page on About.com [HERE].

Easy Pickled Radish

pickled radishIf you’ve never had pickled radishes, you should definitely give this recipe a try. They’re sweet, crunchy, a little bit spicy and perfectly salty. They can live in your fridge for a few weeks if you keep them in an airtight jar and they can be spiced up by adding red pepper flakes, mustard seeds, or even dill. What you do with them – well that’s up to you!

To get started and to get the radishes ready to be pickled, you can either slice them very thin with a super sharp pairing knife or you can use a mandoline – which is the preferred method because it creates uniform cuts in about half the time. Whichever way you choose, just be careful because not only are radishes pretty small and hard to handle, but they’re also round which makes them even more risky!

Once you have them pickled put ‘em atop a classic egg salad sandwich or nestle these little flavor bombs between two buttered pieces of white bread. You can even place a bowl of these pickled radishes on any DIY sandwich bar. However you choose to use them, I can assure you that they’re a great addition to any sandwich!

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The Bibimbappy – Bibimbap Grilled Cheese with Gochujang, Kimchi, Fried Egg, Coconut Rice, Green Onion + Cheddar

bibimbap grilled cheese kimchiWhen I was “planning” my trip to Europe, I forgot to actually figure out anything for my week in Berlin. I didn’t realize this until, well, 1 day before I was about to leave Hamburg. You see, I’m not much of a planner and I can usually get away with it, but since I had been snug as a bug with my friends in Hamburg, I sort of panicked. I had never been to Berlin, nor had any connections there. It was weird going to a place that I didn’t know one single soul but it was also kind of exciting. I imagined that I’d stay at some cheap hotel, spend a lot of time alone “blogging”, explore the city solo style, and hopefully meet a random group of friends that would adopt me into their clique and take me to some raves.

Then all of a sudden in the middle of my daydream, I got a facebook message from one of my best college friends that said “girl, you have to stay with Vik, she’s just like you and I think you will be best friends”. And then a few minutes later, a message from Vik appeared and she told me I could crash at her pad. This was one of those moments where I felt completely in awe of the world and wanted to give the internet a big ole hug.

After a 2.5 hour train ride from Hamburg to Berlin, I got a text from Vik saying that she was waiting for me at the train station. HOW F*CKING NICE. Could you imagine anybody doing that in NYC? hhahah NEVER. That would never happen here… But guess what? It really happened there. She scooped me in a car that she rented from a car sharing service (it was a BMW… so fancy omg!) and we headed to her house. In the quick 10 minute ride, I discovered that she was in the food biz as well and was in the process of opening a restaurant called Industry Standard with her boyfriend, Ramses, a super dank and extremely knowledgable chef that had trained all over the world and had a sense of humor that could be summed up by one joke – The Aristocrats . I instantly loved them.

Then things got even weirder. When I got to their apartment, I met Bongo. As soon as I saw this lil guy I almost cried. He looked exactly like my pup, Pippy, but all white! See what I’m talking about here – Pip vs. Bongo. Instant love. Then later that night, I learned that her mom grew up in Tallahassee and went to the same high school as my mom… Of course, I went on what’s app and asked my mom if she knew and and well, not only did she know her, but she dated her brother for 3 years! HOW FRICKIN WEIRD!? So yeah, to say we all connected would be an understatement. Vik is seriously my soul sister and my trip to Berlin would have sucked if I had not met her, her man, and her pup. They showed me the city, stayed out all night with me… a lot, and went out of their way to be hospitable. Vik and Ramses, if you’re reading this, please come stay with me in NYC. I’ll show you the best time ever and will make you all the sandwiches, including this one.

 

bibimbap-grilled-cheese-social-1Ingredients

 

 

So to begin, let’s start by smearing on some gochujang on the bread. This is probably my new favorite condiment of 2014 and it’s also absolutely essential to bibimbap. It’s a Korean sauce made of fermented chiles and soy beans. It’s sweet, spicy and packed full of umami-ness. bibimbap grilled cheese kimchi

Next, add on some of the 1 year cheddar. This baby was given to me by my friends at Whole Foods and I totally dug it. Not only does it melt super nicely but for being a one year cheddar, its also super flavorful and sharp. After that, I added some leftover coconut rice that I had. To make this yourself, basically just plop a tablespoon of some really nice coconut oil into your rice before you make it. It totally transforms the rice and gives this sandwich a cool texture. bibimbap grilled cheese kimchi

Now add some of Mama O’s Premium kimchi and a diced green onion. I’m such a fan of this brand and Kheedim Oh, the founder, hooked me up with a gallon of the good stuff so I wanted to feature it. You can use your own but it won’t be the same without some of Mama O’s goodness.bibimbap grilled cheese kimchi

Add the rest of the cheese and the top piece of bread and butter this baby up.bibimbap grilled cheese kimchi

Now heat your Breville panini press (or pan, but this method is the easiest) to medium-high and let this sucker cook. After a few minutes, it will be golden brown and the cheese will be all melty and irresistible.bibimbap grilled cheese kimchi

Take it off the heat and let it sit for a minute or two. After the cheese has thickened a bit, gently open the sandwich up and add the fried egg. Carefully close it up and give the sandwich a little press and cut it down the middle so the egg yolk splooges. Sorry, I had to use that word, there was nothing else to describe it.bibimbap grilled cheese kimchi

So if you ever go to Berlin, you must check out Industry Standard which is opening in the next month or so. Everyone that is going to work there is going to be at the top of their gang. And oh! if you meet Vik, give her a hug for me.

xoxo,

GCS

 

 

A Classic Deli-Style Turkey Sub

The perfect turkey sandwichI talk about being from Florida a lot… and it’s mainly because of the turkey sandwich from Publix. I don’t know what it is about this simple little turkey treat, but for some reason it’s just right. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a perfectly made turkey sub from the deli. It’s the ultimate go-to sandwich whether you’re stoned at the beach or are tucked behind a desk in some cubicle at work.

But as with everything, there are some obstacles. We all know that feeling of disappointment that rolls over us when our sandwich starts to fall apart mid-bite. So to avoid that, you definitely need to take the proper precautions. Sandwich building is an art, so I’ve laid out the methods and order to insure that the ingredients will stay tucked in place and each bite will be absolutely perfect. Want to see what I’m talking about?

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Quick Pickled Cucumbers

quick-pickled-cucumbers I grew up with quick pickles on the dinner table. My mother served them doused with rice wine vinegar alongside sliced red onions and big chunks of tomato. I’d always munch on them solely as a side dish, but ever since gobbled them down on a steamed bun at David Chang’s Momofuku milk bar, all I want to do is put them in ALL THE SANDWICHES!

I’ve used this recipe on all types of sandwiches, but my favorite would have to be the banh mi. Although its flavor is light, the freshness that it brings is delightful. Try quick pickled cucumbers on vegetarian sloppy joes, loaded with barley and caramelized onions, or try it on tea sandwiches with a little bit of chive-infused cream cheese.

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