A Shitty (yet delicious!) Bodega-Style Bacon, Egg + Cheese Sandwich

Bodega Style Bacon, Egg and CheeseIf you’ve lived in or have ever visited New York City, you’re probably well aware of the plethora of bodegas that stud our streets. And sure, they may provide us with slightly chilled bottles of water on a hot as heck summer day, “aged” chocolate bars that have bloomed (yes, I didn’t know this was a real thing until I moved up here), and of course - BODEGA CATS!

But our bodegas are more than that, they also help countless New Yorkers get breakfast on the run. These soggy yet delicious kaiser bun sandwiches, filled with thin bacon, melty kraft singles, and scrambled eggs, cost $3 (and come with a small coffee and sometimes ketchup or hots auce!) and are a staple among us city dwellers.

Wanna know the trick? Check out my About.com Sandwich Expert page [HERE].

A Not-So-Boring Veggie Sandwich With 3 Pickles and Hummus

Not Boring Vegetable Sandwich

I’ll be totally honest here when I say that it’s hard to make a vegetarian sandwich that excites me (…unless it’s a grilled cheese of course… duh!) But it doesn’t have to be like that! Say goodbye to lifeless limp vegetables and start piling on some pickled vegetables, some savory protein-packed hummus, and crisp, fresh produce. By switching up the ingredients, you can create a sandwich that’s anything but boring.

Get the recipe from my About.com Sandwich Expert Page right [HERE].

A Super Legit Ybor-Style Cuban Sandwich… OMG

Classic Ybor-style Cuban Sandwich

I spent about 8 years of my childhood in the Tampa Bay area, which… if you didn’t know, is pretty much The Cuban Sandwich capital of the world. I can tell you that this deliciously pressed pocket of awesomeness and I have some history and we go way back. Like way way back before I really even knew what it meant to have an awesome sandwich. It’s everything you’ve ever watned – salty, rich, crispy, meaty, and tangy! Umm brb I think I need to go get another bite. Ok, back.  And to be totally honest, you don’t have to go to Tampa, Miami or Cuba to find the perfect Cuban sandwich. With this simple and easy recipe, you can make it right at home!

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

 

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!

Want the recipe? Go to my Sandwiches Expert Page on About.com right [HERE]!

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!

Want the recipe? Visit my Sandwich Expert page on About.com right [HERE]!