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Sandwich Recipes Worthy of the Dinner Table

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Commonly reserved for quick and easy lunches, sandwiches are often overlooked when you want something top tier to eat. But some ham and cheese tossed onto toast or white bread slabbed with peanut butter and jelly is a sandwich's most basic form. In reality, the possibilities are endless when it comes to making a really good sandwich. You can load it up with homemade egg salad or pile it high with crabmeat, serve it on warm focaccia or give it a tangy flare by using sourdough. If you get fancy enough, a sandwich has the ability to be worthy of the dinner table.

Spicy Fish and Slaw Sandwiches

Spicy Fish and Slaw Sandwiches
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These spicy fish and slaw sandwiches bring the flavor of your favorite seafood joint right to your kitchen. Use a mild white fish like haddock, tilapia or cod and coat it in a rub of cayenne, paprika, thyme, allspice and garlic powder. Once the fish is cooked, pile your sandwich high with homemade coleslaw and viola, you’ve got a restaurant favorite you can make from home.

For the Spicy Fish and Slaw Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Sriracha Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Sriracha Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
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Whether you’re an egg salad connoisseur or you’ve avoided it in the past, this recipe will be a game changer. Avocado makes the hard boiled egg mixture extra creamy without drenching it in mayonnaise and the sriracha gives it a welcome kick.

For the Sriracha Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich recipe, click here.

Fried Shrimp and Oyster Po’boy

Fried Shrimp and Oyster Po’boy
Courtesy Isaac Toups

Bring some Louisianan flair to your week by whipping up this fried shrimp and oyster po’boy. Instead of being dressed with the usual fixings, this po’boy recipe gets creative and loads the sammy up with a homemade salad. It brings a tangy, spicy flavor to the dish.

For the Fried Shrimp and Oyster Po’boy recipe, click here.

Corned Beef Sandwich with Black Pepper Mayo

Corned Beef Sandwich with Black Pepper Mayo
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You can make way more with corned beef than just corned beef and cabbage. The cured beef is so flavorful that the only other thing you need is some horseradish and black pepper mayonnaise to make the dish really sing.

For the Corned Beef Sandwich with Black Pepper Mayo recipe, click here.

Smoked Jalapeno Tuna Salad Sandwich

Smoked Jalapeno Tuna Salad Sandwich
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Egg salad’s cousin, tuna salad, also makes for a great sandwich ingredient. Homemade chipotle mayo and jalapenos give the salad a spicy, savory twist that’s way more complex than regular old tuna salad. Use the leftover chipotle mayo as a stellar dipping sauce for sweet potato fries or a condiment for your next great sandwich.

For the Smoked Jalapeño Tuna Salad Sandwich recipe, click here.

Tailgate Muffuletta Sandwich

Tailgate Muffuletta Sandwich
Abel Uribe

A New Orleans-inspired muffuletta is the ultimate game day sandwich. Italian bread is spread with a homemade olive salad and piled high with mortadella, salami and provolone cheese. The olive salad needs to chill in the fridge for three hours before serving, so it’s best to prep this sandwich the night before.

For the Tailgate Muffuletta Sandwich recipe, click here.

Perfect Roast Chicken Sandwich

Perfect Roast Chicken Sandwich
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A few small tweaks to your usual chicken sandwich recipe will enhance the flavor tenfold. Here, sun dried tomato pesto gives the sammy a burst of flavor, while the bacon adds a smokiness that (when paired with roast chicken) can’t be beat.

For the Perfect Roast Chicken Sandwich recipe, click here.

Fontina Grilled Cheese

Fontina Grilled Cheese
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If you’re missing Panera Bread’s old fontina grilled cheese, we’ve found a way to recreate the ooey-gooey sandwich from home. All you need is three cheeses, some butter and mayonnaise to ensure the bread crisps up just right. When it's done, dunk the sandwich in some Panera copycat broccoli cheddar soup.

For the Fontina Grilled Cheese recipe, click here.

Canadian Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich

Copycat Egg McMuffin
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There’s no need to drive all the way to McDonald’s when you can make a good copycat fast food breakfast sammy at home. This recipe calls for frying your egg, but you can make it scrambled, over easy or any other egg cooking technique you fancy.

For the Canadian Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich recipe, click here.

Filet o’ Tempeh

Filet o’ Tempeh
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This recipe takes inspiration from Filet-o-Fish (another favorite at McDonalds) but it calls for frying the tempeh and lathering sesame buns with vegan homemade tartar sauce instead of using whitefish and mayo. It’s one of many great plant-based dishes you can easily make at home.

For the Filet o' Tempeh recipe, click here.

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
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A classic Italian entree collides with lunch to make this chicken Parmesan sandwich. But be warned, this recipe doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to flavor. The chicken needs about two hours to soak in buttermilk before getting dredged in its breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese mix.

For the Chicken Parmesan Sandwich recipe, click here.

Banh Mi

Banh Mi
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A banh mi has it all. The delicate combination of hearty meats and colorful pickled veggies ensures the sandwich has a flavor for everyone. Stuff the fixings into a crispy baguette and enjoy!

For the Banh Mi recipe, click here.

Cajun Grilled Cheese

Cajun Grilled Cheese
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This recipe will take your grilled cheese from a childhood favorite to a sophisticated sandwich with one simple ingredient: Cajun seasoning. Buy it from the store or make the blend yourself with cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, thyme and onion powder. It will give your sandwich a bold and spicy flavor.

For the Cajun Grilled Cheese recipe, click here.

Dungeness Crab Sandwich

Dungeness Crab Sandwich
Courtesy of Centerplate

Just looking at a picture of this dungeness crab sandwich will make your stomach grumble. But don’t let its impressive appearance fool you, it’s actually super easy to make.

For the Dungeness Crab Sandwich recipe, click here.

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Fried Chicken Sandwich
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Chicken sandwiches were a top food trend last year, but if you’re asking us, it’s a craze that should continue. This pickle-brined fried chicken sandwich is guaranteed to satisfy you every day of the week (but especially on Sundays when Chick-fil-A is closed).

For the Fried Chicken Sandwich recipe, click here.

Spiral Ham Sandwich

Spiral Ham Sandwich
Courtesy of the National Pork Board

If you’re looking for a way to use up your leftover ham, a sandwich is the perfect choice. After all, the more meat piled onto a sandwich, the better it is. Give the sandwich some balance by spreading two slices of crusty bread with sweet strawberry jam.

For the Spiral Ham Sandwich recipe, click here.

Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini

Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini
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A caprese salad in sandwich form — what’s not to love? This sandwich inspired by Panera is piled high with rotisserie chicken, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella and red onion, but it’s the addition of chipotle mayo that really brings this dish to life.

For the Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini recipe, click here.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich
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Of course you can’t get through a list of sandwich recipes without pulled pork. Like any good pulled pork recipe, this one requires you let the meat slow cook for eight hours. Make it the night before and by morning you’ll have a week’s worth of dinner in the Crock-Pot.

For the Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe, click here.

Shrimp or Crawfish Po’boy

Shrimp or Crawfish Po’boy
Courtesy of Claw Daddy's

It may seem a little daunting to fry food at home, but this po’boy recipe makes it so easy. You can make the sandwich with your choice of shrimp or crawfish, but no matter which crustacean you choose, you’ll want to let it sit in a buttermilk and hot sauce marinade for at least one hour. This will make sure it soaks up all of that creamy, spicy goodness.

For the Shrimp or Crawfish Po'boy recipe, click here.

Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll
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The Maine style of lobster roll is made with mayonnaise and lemon juice, which gives it a lighter feel and sets it apart from a Connecticut lobster roll, which uses melted butter instead.

For the Lobster Roll recipe, click here.

Balsamic, Mushroom and Onion Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich

Balsamic, Mushroom and Onion Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich
Courtesy of Bits and Bites

If you’re feeling fancy, this grilled cheese recipe goes way beyond just cheese and bread. Onions and earthy mushrooms punch up buttery brie cheese. Bring this sandwich to your next picnic with more of our best romantic picnic foods for couples

For the Balsamic, Mushroom and Onion Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich recipe, click here. 

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