The secrets to a successful sandwich
It is an easy-fix in the morning, it spares us trouble at night, while sometimes, it can even replace our lunch. Sandwiches are the favourite snack of both children and adults around the world; the easiest and fastest way for anyone to enjoy a… delicious feast in one bite. Even though there are unlimited combinations, there are some tips that you can follow every time to ensure success in every sandwich you create, regardless of the ingredients.
First of all, how successful a sandwich will be, depends on the bread you choose, which must be fresh, as should all the other ingredients that you will use. Keep in mind that a sweeter bread will go better with cheese and cold cuts with intense flavour, such as parmesan and bacon or pastrami, while traditional or sourdough bread goes well with meats, cold cuts and intense sauces, but also with olive oil, tomato, oregano and feta cheese.
On the other hand, wholemeal bread which has a neutral flavour, goes well with various cheeses and cold cuts, and even with vegetables. If you prefer a baguette as your base, you can combine it with smoked salmon, soft cheese and cucumber, or with roast beef fillet and mustard. Because it is fluffy, it generally goes well with more refined flavours, which is why we often find it on catering menus.
Another secret to the ultimate sandwich is the spread. Before you place your ingredients on the bread, you need to use a spread of your preference, so that your sandwich does not end up too dry. You can use butter or mayonnaise, even olive paste, yogurt with spices, tomato paste or jam. In fact, according to Spanish chef Jose Andres, it is better to use spread on only one side of the bread, as the other one needs to come in direct contact with cheese. He says that the combination of cheese and spread ruins the taste.
By all accounts, you should organise each layer of the sandwich carefully, as adding ingredients uncontrollably may affect the flavour. Some chefs recommend you place the main ingredient of the sandwich at the base and the rest of the ingredients on top, as the main flavour is better showcased this way.
The end result, of course, is influenced by the way you choose to cook your sandwich. Will you fry it, toast it or slow-cook it in the oven? You can even heat up your bread and then place all the other ingredients or heat up some of the ingredients as well.
Whatever you choose, the only certainty is that in making a sandwich there are no patterns or strict rules. There are so many ingredients you can use, that the protagonist in this procedure is experimentation, imagination and a creative mood.