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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hearty Sandwhich - A Template

While we are on the theme of quick meals, here's a sandwhich recipe which is really easy to put together. It is a delicious gourmet sandwhich. I was inspired by the cafes in Time Square, New York. When we we visited Times Square we used to pick up wraps and sandwhiches to go; and then roam around the city looking at tourist attraction. These shops or cafes have a wide variety of fancy looking sandwhiches and wraps all ready to go. These worked wonderfully for us; the tourists with a packed agenda. It so happened that I had bought a couple of mini French baguettes a couple of days ago. I was browsing through my refrigerator, trying to decide what to make for dinner, and I spotted some boiled potates and hummus. I thought why not use hummus as a sandwhich spread. As they say the rest is history. The sandwhich was so good, that it has been filed in my recipe book. It's something I can easily modify with available ingredients. An easy and filling meal.

The recipe is a great template which you can modify to come up with different sandwiches everytime.

Mini Baguette (4-6 inches long)
1/4 onion, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1 boiled potato, mashed
salt to taste
black pepper powder to taste
1 green chilli, thinly sliced, optional
2 tbsp hummus, regular or flavored
1 tsp ketchup
1 slice of pepper jack cheese
4-5 leaves of baby spinach

Slice the bread through the center length wise and heat the bread in the oven for a few minutes. Add the slice of cheese to one of the bread slices while its being heated, so that it melts a little. Take the toasted bread out of the oven. On the slice of bread without the cheese, spread a layer of hummus. Then add a thin layer of tomato ketchup. Mix the mashed potatoes with the salt and the sliced chilles. Layer this over the melted cheese. Next add a layer of tomato slices, followed by a layer of onions. Top with the spinach leaves. Then close the sandwhich. You can serve this as a warm toasted sandwhich or wrap it up in some plastic wrap and refrigerate. It makes a great cold sandwhich for lunch.

You can use different vegetables that you have on hand like cucumbers, lettuce. I think any vegetable that can be eaten raw, can be used to change the flavor of the sandwhich. Also, you can change the bread to make a different version every time


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