Ten Easy Portable Lunch Sandwich Ideas

Sandwiches are considered by some to be the perfect meal. Here are ten ideas for some perfect and delicious sandwiches.

Some consider the sandwich to be the perfect food. It's portable, it's quick, it's easy and it could potentially contain all four of the major food groups: meat, dairy, bread and vegetables. Not all sandwiches have to be ham and cheese, so here are a few ideas for some sandwiches that you may never have considered.

1) Even self-proclaimed meat eaters will enjoy a portabello mushroom sandwich. Portobellos are oversized cremini mushrooms that have a somewhat meaty taste. On some crusty bread that is cut on the diagonal, spread some regular or flavored mayonnaise (like pesto or dijon) and top with a grilled portobello cap and some fresh Swiss cheese.

2) If you have never tasted a Cuban sandwich before, you do not know what you are missing. Slice a loaf of Cuban or French bread into two horizontal pieces. Spread some regular yellow mustard on both halves and top with thinly sliced baked ham, thinly sliced roasted pork, slices of pickle and thinly sliced Swiss cheese. Put the sandwich on a hot grill or griddle and place either a heavy cast iron skillet or a brick wrapped with foil on top so that it weighs the sandwich down to about a half or a quarter of its original size. Grill the sandwich approximately three minutes on each side.

3) Enjoy the taste of a caeser salad on a sandwich. Cut a piece of French crusty bread horizontally and pull out some of the bread to form a concave "bowl." This will allow the salad to sit better on the bread and keep it from falling out with each bite. Drizzle the bread with a bit of olive oil. In a bowl, combine Romaine lettuce, caesar salad dressing, parmigiano-reggiano cheese and some grilled chicken (the chicken is optional). Put this mixture on your crusty bread and enjoy.

4) How about jazzing up your normal tuna sandwich? In a bowl combine a can of tuna with some chopped red onion, coarsely chopped black olives, fresh chopped parsley and fresh pepper. Drizzle with some olive oil and mix. Put the tuna mixture on some crusty bread and serve.

5) One of my favorite restaurants serves the classic BLT with a spin. Toast some rye bread and spread with mayonnaise or dijon mustard. Top with crispy bacon, sliced avocado, crisp Romaine lettuce and thinly sliced tomatoes.

6) During the winter when you have an abundance of leftover roasted vegetables like onions, zucchini, bell peppers and eggplant, mix these vegetables with some freshly cut herbs and olive oil and serve on warm toasted rolls.

7) Cucumber sandwiches are a delicious English treat. Peel four small cucumbers and grate. Add a little bit of salt and drain the liquid from the grated cucumbers. Mix with one block of cream cheese and four tablespoons of mayonnaise. Spread the cucumber mixture on small party toasts.

8) Why ruin a perfectly good sandwich with meat? Throw a loaf of crusty bread in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes until it gets slightly toasted. Slice horizontally and spread a pesto-flavored mayonnaise on top. Throw your favorite cheeses on top like Swiss, gruyere, provolone and cheddar.

9) Ever want a pizza without the hassle of ordering out? On some crusty Italian bread, spread a thin layer of spaghetti or pizza sauce. Sprinkle some mozarella cheese over it and top with pepperoni and your favorite toppings. Put under the broiler for a few minutes, until the cheese has melted and enjoy this open-faced sandwich.

10) For a taste of the Mediterranean, toast two halves of a bagel and spread cream cheese on them. Put a thin layer of hummus on top of that and top with thinly sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.

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