Sandwiches

Today I Ate An Convertible………

Smoked Salmon, Avocado, And Pickled Onions Hoagie
( Convertible With Top Up / Convertible With Top Down )

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Hero,  sub, foot long, hoagie, garibaldi, spuckie, blimpie, torpedo, zeppelin, bomber, poor boy, wedge, or just plain old sandwich –
whatever you call a sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats/cheese/seafood/tomato/onion/lettuce/condiments and/or anything else from the kitchen sink, this here beauty surely ranks among the best you can find and/or imagine anywhere.
As for naming it “Convertible”  –
Obviously, it’s as good open, with the top down and eaten with a knife and fork; or closed, with the top up, eaten with both hands firmly locked around it  🙂
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"The Convertible" Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions  And Avocado

“The Convertible” Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions And Avocado

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"The Convertible" Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions And Avocado Hoagie

“The Convertible” Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions And Avocado Hoagie

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"The Convertible" Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions  And Avocado

“The Convertible” Smoked Salmon, Pickled Onions And Avocado

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The Buffalo – The Sandwich That Puts Most Others To Shame……….

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Yes  friends, I really believe that this is one of the best sandwiches one can hope to find in today’s landscape of often-times overwrought, senseless concoctions.
While not as spectacular to look at as, let’s say, a five inch high monster loaded with 20 different ingredients, nor as expensive as a foie gras sandwich with lobster, gold leaf, caviar and truffles,  or as wildly exotic as a stinky tofu sandwich with hairy crab claws and pickled blow fish roe, The Buffalo achieves its winner status by being incredibly delicious, with a texture both perfectly crisp on the outside and heavenly moist on the inside, with just the right amount of spicy and tart as one could hope for in a proper sandwich 🙂
And by the way, did I mention that I love this sandwich and believe it to be one of the best ? 🙂

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The Buffalo

The Buffalo

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The Buffalo

The Buffalo

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The Buffalo

The Buffalo

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Hans’ Panzanino

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The first written recipe for  Panzanella dates to the 15th century. Originally, stale bread was soaked in water, onions added, then dressed with olive oil, salt and vinegar. This eventually morphed into the modern  Panzanella , through the addition of cucumbers and, later-on, tomatoes.
Later still, lettuce, olives, mozzarella, white wine, capers, anchovies, celery, carrots, red wine, red onion, cucumber, tuna, parsley, boiled eggs, mint, bell peppers, lemon juice, and garlic were sometimes added, although traditionalist’s still prefer the simple version of soaked bread, onions, olive oil, salt, tomatoes and sometimes fresh basil.
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The dish below is NOT panzanalla !!!
However, it shares with panzanella the rustic, vinegar and olive oil soaked bread and the fresh vegetables (and a lot of other stuff) 🙂
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Here  now is my (slightly askew and liberal) take on panzanella, sandwich and salad – all three rolled into one wonderful dish.
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Today I did not feel like cooking, so I thought I’ll have a simple “Vesper” (the Swabian word for a snack involving bread, cheese, cold cuts and sometimes onions, pickles and tomatoes)
……then I thought, why not make a nice salad of it………then I thought why not make an enriched variation of panzanella…….. then ………..
Well, here you see the final result of my back and forth considerations.
And what a great result/dish it had become. I am not sure if there was such a thing as a Panzanino in Italy before today, but in my opinion, it certainly should be from now on. Even if there was, if it does not include all the stuff you see here, it certainly would not be as splendid as the great  Hans’ Panzanino  you see here.
This dish absolutely rock’s, and for lack of a better name, I officially name it :
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“””   Hans’ Panzanino   “”””
(As in Panzanella / Panino)
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And there you have it.
A wonderful “Italian” style sandwich – born on 11/17/2016 in, of all places, Miami, Florida 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Hans' Panzanino

Hans’ Panzanino

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Hans' Panzanella Panino

Hans’ Panzanino

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Hans' Panzanino

Hans’ Panzanino

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Hans' Panzanella Panino

Hans’ Panzanino

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Quesadilla Con Frijoles Refrito

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Who  say’s a Quickie can not satisfy………….
This one certainly will, and it takes but a few minutes to prepare and can be appreciated for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or anytime between 🙂
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Refried Bean Quesadilla With

Quesadilla Con Frijoles Refrito

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Refried Bean Quesadilla With

Quesadilla Con Frijoles Refrito

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Refried Bean Quesadilla With

Quesadilla Con Frijoles Refrito

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Curried Garbanzo And Potato Wrap With Raita

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Curried  garbanzos (chickpeas) are one of my favorite snacks. They are quick and easy to prepare and their heat (add as much chile flakes or cayenne pepper as you can handle) makes for a great snack when boring pretzels just won’t do.
Today I prepared one of the hybrids of curried garbanzos I make on hot days – curried garbanzo salad, this time wrapped in sun dried tomato wraps.
As a general rule, when preparing curried garbanzos to be served hot, I add more ghee, about 4 tblsp for 16 oz of garbanzos. If serving as a cold (room temperature) salad, I reduce the amount of ghee by 3 tblsp and replace with that 2 tblsp mayo and 1 tblsp ketchup.
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Curried Garbanzo And Potato Wrap With Raita

Curried Garbanzo And Potato Wrap With Raita

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Curried Garbanzo And Potato Wrap With Raita

Curried Garbanzo And Potato Wrap With Raita

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Curried Garbanzo And Potato Wraps With Raita

Curried Garbanzo And Potato Wraps With Raita

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A Pig And A Hoagie

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there you have it ........

There you have it – a pig at it’s finest……..

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This  meal started out to become a traditional Asian-style braised pork belly dish, served with steamed rice and some kind of green vegetables.
However, after starting the belly, I changed my mind and decided to go with another sandwich, because…….why not ? 🙂
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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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A Pig And A Hoagie

A Pig And A Hoagie

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“WhatAPig” – Pork & Peppers On Baguette

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Every  so often, a quick sandwich is all I need to satisfy my culinary cravings.
The range of sandwiches I enjoy is wide and spans from a simple ham & cheese sandwich to the most elaborate lobster roll, foie gras on toast and anything in-between.
Today I feasted on such a typical “in-between” sandwich : The “WhatAPig”.
Although quick and easy to prepare, it does not lack in substance, taste and appearance and is a great meal for any occasion when sophistication is not required to impress 🙂
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WhatAPig - Pork & Peppers On Baguette

“WhatAPig” – Pork & Peppers On Baguette

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WhatAPig - Pork & Peppers On Baguette

“WhatAPig” – Pork & Peppers On Baguette

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Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich

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There  are chicken sandwiches – and then there is THIS chicken sandwich ! 🙂
When I made the sandwich, I almost stopped after adding the tonkatsu sauce and the sliced tomatoes to the baguette, because that by itself already looked good enough to eat. (Next time I crave a tomato sandwich, this will be the way I’ll prepare it). But then I went on to add the chicken and some scallions and the result was without a doubt the best chicken sandwich I ever laid my eyes on.
The combination of the crusty baguette, generously seasoned/very ripe tomatoes, the mouthwatering tonkatsu sauce and the crispy, juicy chicken comes together for a sandwich which is easy to prepare and hard to beat in looks, texture and taste 🙂
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Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich

Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich

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Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich

Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich

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Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich

Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich

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Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

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While  not every cheese melt deserves its own post, this one certainly does.
It is a bit more labor intensive than the usual culprit of a couple of slices of cheese slapped between two slices of wonderbread, but the extra few minutes it takes to prepare are absolutely worth it 🙂
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Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

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Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

Swiss Melt On Sourdough Bread With Cucumber And Tomato

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Toast two slices of the bread on one side only.

Spread mayo on the un-toasted sides of the 2 slices bread which were toasted on one side only.

Brush garlic oil on the two toasted sides of the bread which were toasted on one side only.

Toast one slice bread on both sides.

Spread mustard on both sides of the bread with was toasted on both sides.

Slice the cucumber and tomato thinly, season with kosher salt and cayenne pepper.

To assemble, place one slice of the bread with the mayo and garlic with the mayo-side down on the work surface.

Add a generous amount of grated cheese.

Add the cucumber slices, sprinkle with grated cheese.

Add the tomato slices, sprinkle with grated cheese.

Top with the slice of bread with the mustard on both sides.

Add a generous amount of grated cheese.

Top with the second slice of the bread with the mayo and garlic, mayo side up.

Grill or griddle very slowly on one side until golden, turn, cover and cook on the other side until golden and all cheese has melted.
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“Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle”

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Gechingen, Black Forrest, Germany

Gechingen, Black Forrest, Germany

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I have  for some time pondered if and which dish I should dedicate to my hometown of Gechingen.
After the process of eliminating one candidate after another for many different reasons, I finally concocted and decided on this dish, which for me encapsulates the essence of what I remember to be some of the typical food we consumed at home when I was a child – sandwiches, pickles, schnitzel and “Weckle” (bread rolls).
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Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

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Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

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Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

Gechinger Schnitzel Weckle

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