A good sandwich makes for a great meal. There are many tricks to making a good sandwich, ranging from the ingredients, to the way you stack it up, to the bread and the condiments. One of the most important components of a good sandwich is knowing how to balance it out. There is nothing worse than over packing a sandwich and having it fall apart in your hands. Sandwich connoisseurs will tell you that a properly layered sandwich holds together better, prevents the bread from getting soggy, and achieves optimal texture. Here is our strategic plan for making a good sandwich.
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The Preparation: Making a good sandwich all starts with the preparation. Always build your sandwich from the bottom up. Be sure to spread your condiments on first. Next comes meat and cheese, then lettuce, tomato and onion.
Bread: Choosing the proper bread can make or break your sandwich (literally and figuratively). Without bread, can you even call it a sandwich? Choosing the right bread goes further than just being sturdy. It is important to match your bread with your ingredients. Large rolls are perfect for hefty sandwiches with a variety of toppings. Simpler sandwiches should be paired with simple bread. You should always consider toasting the bread if you are using moist condiments. This prevents the bread from soaking up your condiments like a sponge.
Condiments: Adding condiments to your sandwich adds flavor as well as gives the sandwich the bit of moisture it needs. Mustard, ketchup and mayo are familiar go-to’s, but there are certainly many more options to be considered. There are plenty of salad dressings that can double as sandwich condiments, such as ranch, honey mustard, Russian, balsamic and oil and vinegar. Other popular toppings are BBQ sauce and relish. When choosing a condiment, always make sure that you are properly pairing it with the base of your sandwich. For example, the perfect condiment for a corn beef sandwich is Russian dressing.
Meat: No matter what type of meat you choose to be the base of your sandwich, always remember this is the main ingredient of your sandwich. You don’t want your bread or toppings to overdo the meat, so when you make your sandwich, keep in mind what else you are going to top your sandwich with, and plan accordingly.
Say Cheese: What is a sandwich without cheese? There are so many different types of cheese to choose from, which makes your options ultimately endless! Go for a classic, like American or cheddar, or try something new, such as Gruyere or crumbled bleu cheese. No matter what your cheese of choice is, it will definitely give your sandwich that special touch.
Toppings: Choosing the proper toppings for your sandwich gives it that extra special bite of flavor that really makes the sandwich. The basic toppings that everyone knows and loves are lettuce, tomato and onion. But don’t limit your sandwich. Spice up your sandwich with some bacon, avocado, or mushrooms!
A chicken sandwich at Tiff’s can be anything you want it to be when you order from our Start From Scratch menu. Start with our free range and hormone free chicken, then choose your cheese, toppings, sauces and bread and create your own sandwich masterpiece. By utilizing our perfect sandwich guidelines, you’ll be a sandwich connoisseur before you know it!
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