The Great Big Sandwich Roundup

Imagine coming to work with Elvis Presley's Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon Sandwich. It might just turn heads. While Milton Crawford, author of The Hungover Cookbook, admits that the "sandwich is, of course, in very dubious taste" it is not in any way dull, contrived, or well worn. Quite the opposite, in fact. (Although, some might say, it's just plain wrong.)

Admittedly, that sandwich is not for everyone. For those who insist on more sophisticated flavor combinations, titillate the old taste buds with this Ginger Barbecue Brisket Sandwich of Ratha Chau fame — as in the popular and famous Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang, in New York City. Or, throw a little whimsy into the lazy Sunday morning routine with these Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Sandwiches, as in, yes, Dr. Seuss. Don't worry, it's actually a very adult sandwich — chive scrambled eggs, arugula pesto, and prosciutto. The colors are there; the madness, fortunately, is not.

Indeed, there's something for everyone here. It's probably safe to say that nearly everyone has something approaching a relationship with this ubiquitous and portable workhorse of the daily lunch routine, but it doesn't have to be pedestrian or commonplace. It can be decadent, surprising, over-the-top, or just plain good. Even though on some days another sandwich is the last thing we want to see, other days it is an object of desire, craved and missed. Here's to rekindling that craving.


The Peacemaker Sandwich

Food in New Orleans causes lots of arguments...

Mitchell Rosenthal





The Elvis Presley Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon Sandwich

This sandwich is, of course, in very dubious taste...

Milton Crawford





Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Sandwiches

When we developed the recipe below for our version of the beloved Dr. Seuss dish, there was a key lesson learned...

Big Girls Small Kitchen





Italian Breakfast Sandwich

Every Sunday my father would go into the kitchen and become Mr. Sandwich...

Michael Symon





Pulled Turkey Sandwiches with BBQ Sauce

Come to think of it, Quebecers seem to douse everything in gravy...

Nadia G





Overstuffed Chicken Sandwiches (Tortas de Pollo)

A torta is a sandwich made with a telera (a soft, round roll) or a bolillo (a crustier oblong bread, which is soft and white on the inside)...

Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee




Open-Face Egg Sandwich

Instead of egg salad or a sandwich, try this delicate open-faced version that skips the mayonnaise in favor of yogurt...

Heidi Swanson





Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw

I always make a double batch of this pulled pork...

Megan and Jill Carle





BBQ Brisket Sandwich with Bread and Butter Pickles

This is a great way to use leftover pot roast...

Robert Rabine





Philly-Style Chicken Cutlet Sandwich

At home, I like to jazz things up by adding a mayonnaise spiked with peppadews...

Joe Yonan





Ratha Chau's Ginger Barbecue Brisket Sandwich

This isn't typical of what you'll see anywhere else...

Ratha Chau





Honey-Cured Bacon, Stilton, and Chocolate Sandwich

My favorite brunch sandwich is a combination of honey-cured bacon, rich dark chocolate, and ripe tangy Stilton — mouthwatering and satisfying...

Paul Young