August 23, 2021

Delicious Sandwich Ideas for Any Day of the Week

August is National Sandwich Month, but let's face it, sandwiches can be enjoyed year around on any given day of the week. Easy to make, customizable and full of possibilities, sandwiches are always a good choice for lunch, an on-the-go snack, or even a comfort food dinner. Keep reading and get inspired by different, yet equally delicious sandwich recipes.

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How can something so simple be so delicious? Sandwiches, in their traditional form, are made up of two pieces of bread that hold together meat, cheese, vegetables, and condiments. While the sandwich definition may seem straightforward, the ingredients and ways of preparing a sandwich are endless. Recipes can be as simple as the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but can also be full of different textures, flavors, and unique ingredients. The great thing: there is something for everyone! 

There is no correct answer as to how to make a perfect sandwich, but there are some basic tips that can help you create an amazing one. First and foremost, pay attention to the quality and the freshness of your ingredients. Go for artisanal bread, a nice loaf from a local bakery, or make your own! Choose high-quality meat, such as U.S. Beef or Alaska Seafood, and combine ingredients with complimentary flavors, even if they may sometimes seem surprising at first. Additionally, try to create a textural contrast between the ingredients. No one likes a sandwich that is too mushy and moist, nor is a crunchy and dry sandwich very desirable. 

Need some sandwich ideas to get started? The following recipes are made with high-quality U.S. ingredients and can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. Enjoy!

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Cranberry Rubbed Chicken Panini with Cran-Rosemary Aioli 

This sandwich-beauty is an absolute delight! The sweet and tart taste of dried U.S. Cranberries is nicely combined with a range of other textures and flavors: the lemon-pine flavored rosemary, sweet and pungent Fontina cheese, peppery arugula, grilled chicken, creamy mayonnaise, and a hint of Sichuan Pepper Powder. Not to mention, the warm, toasted brioche bread that holds all ingredients together. 

Pear, Smoked Ham, and Arugula Open-faced Sandwich 


Instead of a stacked sandwich, why not try an open-faced sandwich? Especially ideal as a quick breakfast or snack at home, this sandwich recipe features sweet, peppery, tangy, salty, and smoky flavors. The combination of cream cheese and pan roasted pears itself is a delightful duo – as the mild cheese nicely complements the naturally sweet flavor of USA Pears. To round it all off, this sandwich is decked out with smoked or Black Forest Virginia Ham, baby arugula leaves, dried U.S. Cranberries and salted California Almonds.

Grilled Three Cheese Sandwiches with Mustard Aioli 

A grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate comfort food! Crisp, creamy and peppery, the Grilled Three Cheese Sandwiches with Mustard Aioli make a spectacular simple supper or decadent late-night snack.
Treat yourself to this cheesy delight and pair it with a glass of California Wine. The California Zinfandel or Sauvignon Blanc are especially fitting for this savory sandwich.

by Rezel Kealoha

Walnut Apple Panini

Light and nutritious, the Walnut Apple Panini is a wonderful vegetarian sandwich that keeps you satisfied. Sweet apples, savory Brie, and crunchy California Walnuts are the base for this toasted panini. This yummy recipe can be prepared and enjoyed within minutes, making it a great choice for when cravings are calling.