The only problem you may have with sandwiches is that after eating the same sandwich made the same way time after time, you might find it boring, if not completely bland. Fortunately there are some simple tricks that can make the most popular sandwiches extraordinary, so get ready for your taste buds to wake up and make your favorite with a twist.
If you can’t go a week without a crispy grilled cheese, this idea is for you. You’ve probably tried adding tomatoes or ham to your sandwich, and you most likely played with different dipping sauces just to see which ones work with grilled cheese. But in general you make your grilled cheese the same way, no matter if it’s on white, whole wheat, rye or low carb bread. You put the bread butter down on the skillet, top it wit cheese and when it gets gooey, fold the sandwich, finishing it off until golden brown. The next time, make a small change. Use herb or spice butter. Simply mix butter with freshly chopped cilantro or basil, add some rosemary or pressed garlic, fold in finely chopped onion or crushed pepper flakes, whatever you have on hand, and spread the flavored butter on your bread. It will take about thirty seconds, but you’ll notice a great flavor boost with first bite.
For those who prefer a sweet classic of peanut butter and jelly, the easiest switch would be to replace grape with strawberry jelly or peanut butter with almond one. But there are more things you can do. If you have a couple of minutes, toss some peanut butter in a food processor, add a bit of honey, some coconut flakes that you can toast and a bit of vanilla extract and blend well. In a small saucepan heat up some preserves opting for something less traditional, like orange marmalade or cumquat jam, stirring constantly to avoid burning, yet letting it caramelize slightly. Now all you have to do is spread one slice of your bread with the peanut butter mixture and the other one with thickened, warm preserves, fold it and enjoy it with a glass of cold milk.
A flavor boost is easy for any sandwich, whether you use a wasabi infused mayo on your BLT, pesto on your ham and cheese or bananas foster on your King’s favorite. You just have to start playing with condiments and flavors, and you’ll never think of your sandwiches as boring, even if you have the same turkey and cheese three times in a week, as long as you make it different each time.