Superb Sandwiches That Go Beyond the Norm

Martha-stewart_grown-up-grilled-cheese-FullyC_001Anyone can make a peanut butter, tuna salad, or plain grilled cheese sandwich. But if you really want to impress your boss, your mother-in-law, or your crush with your awesome sandwich making skills, you’ll have to have more to work with than those three old standbys.

These four sandwiches are worth having in your arsenal:

Fancy Grilled Cheese

While there’s definitely something to be said for the classic grilled cheese sandwich — buttered or margarined white bread topped with American cheese and toasted in a frying pan — certainly now, in the age of foodies and cronuts and Instagram, we must be able to come up with something a little more daring.

How about cheddar, Dijon mustard, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, and pepper on sourdough bread? You can make this fancy sandwich the traditional way, with buttered slices of bread laid in a warm frying pan and the toppings and condiments layered on top, or you can try making it in a panini press for added fanciness.

Tea Sandwiches

It’s just not a baby shower, first communion, or polite highbrow gathering without an assortment of tiny, crustless tea sandwiches laid out on trays. This article contains instructions for making cucumber and arugula, ham and cheese, and bacon and egg tea sandwiches that are sure to add a touch of class to your next afternoon get-together.

Patty Melt

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we have the patty melt: basically a hamburger sandwich. Medium rare burger patties, a pile of caramelized onions, and some melty Swiss cheese slapped on a couple pieces of rye toast (the only thing that differentiates this sandwich from a burger) make up the classic patty melt.

Turkey Club Sandwich

Yes, the club sandwich is a staple of American cuisine and it’s nigh impossible to walk into a restaurant and not find one on the menu. That said, sometimes things are popular for a reason.

This turkey club sandwich recipe provides a fun twist on your average club sandwich with the addition of turkey. Add a little cranberry sauce to this one and you’ve pretty much got Thanksgiving between two slices of bread. Delicious!