Sandwiches are universally enjoyed and undeniably the perfect food for lunch, but brown-baggers know better than anyone that the same ol’ ham and Swiss day after day can make you go crazy.
There is merit in bringing your own lunch to work: It’s more economical; you're able to make the most of a short lunch break; and you get to decide on the menu. Unfortunately, poor planning and time restraints can lead to sad desk lunches and boring sandwiches.
This curated selection of sandwiches recipes are meant to be wrapped up, packed away, and taken on the go, and are therefore better eaten cold or at room temperature. Unfortunately, this means no ooey-gooey melted cheese or steamy hot cuts of meat (sorry to disappoint grilled cheese fans). Nevertheless, these sandwiches are perfectly tailored for a lunchbox, and when you show up with one of these bad boys, you’ll be the envy of the break room.
You can bake a bunch of falafel in advance and freeze them for up to two or three months. When ready to make your sandwich, take a pita and load it up with room temperature falafel, cool creamy tzatziki, cucumbers, and tomatoes for an awesomely satisfying Mediterranean lunch.
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Full of flavor and luxurious textures, this great sandwich strikes a fine balance between salty and sweet. Pickled figs pair nicely with prosciutto and creamy ricotta, and when served on good bread, it’s simply divine.
This Italian-inspired riff on the BLT swaps bacon and romaine for prosciutto and arugula. Serve it on ciabatta for the full experience upgrade.
A recent rise in the prevalence of the bánh mì on sandwich shop menus around the U.S. is nothing to be upset about. Believe the hype: These sandwiches are damn good. Juicy roast pork, sliced cucumber, and refreshingly tangy pickled carrots and daikon radishes (also known as “do chua”) are all marvelously layered on top of a fresh French baguette.
Spicy tandoori chicken — South Asian chicken roasted in a marinade of yogurt and chiles — makes for an intriguing lunch that would blow any ham and Swiss out of the water.
Cranberries and turkey is a match made in food heaven. Made famous by Thanksgiving leftovers, it would be truly disappointing if this sandwich was relegated to only a once-a-year indulgence. Click here for the recipe.
You can’t underestimate the deliciousness of a PB&J sandwich; sometimes nostalgia just hits the spot. With this recipe, the classic gets a serious upgrade with almond butter, fancy marmalade, and a thrilling addition of turkey bacon. For this recipe, click here.
If you happen to find yourself with leftover steak, you must make this sandwich. Few can dispute the tastiness of tomatoes and avocado, and the steak juices will seep into the bread, making this sandwich extra delicious.
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