Thursday, January 7, 2010

Question of the Week.....

Thursday, January 7, 2010....

I've decided to make Thursdays my "Question of the Week" day because I always have questions and am always interested in people's answers.

This Week's Question:What do you consider to be the perfect sandwich?

Last night, hubby came home from work and declared "I've discovered the greatest sandwich". I'm not a roast beef fan, but to him, roast beef with Boursin cheese spread on some special type of bread was heavenly.

To me, finding the perfect flavor combination to create the perfect sandwich is much harder than it sounds. Like the hamburger, a perfect sandwich doesn't always have to be stacked with 5 or more ingredients, but it has to make me want more because it is yummy not because I'm hungry.

As a kid, I loved peanut butter and Fluff (marshmallow spread) sandwiches. In this case, I don't think it was because of the flavor combination. It was because it was the sandwich my mom would make for us when we packed up the car and drove to a Rhode Island beach for the day. It was so fun. An entire day of riding the waves, sand castles and sun.

Although I loved a peanut butter/fluff sandwich, I know it was because I only had it when we spent the day at the beach not because I was eating a sandwich which attracted more sand than my sand pail.

As an adult, a good sandwich is truly appreciated because of the flavors, not any memories associated with it.

I do love a good lobster salad sandwich, but also enjoy a liverwurst sandwich from time-to-time.

So, as I continue my search for the perfect sandwich, do you have any suggestions I should try?


ADELE said...

I adore a tuna fish sandwich on toasted bread(preferably whole grain or rye) with lettuce and tomato. Also a liverwurst sandwich with tomato and mayo on toasted bread is nice. I can't believe that as a child I would indulge in catchup and butter on bread, not something I would do today but you have different tastes sometimes as a kid.

Melanie's Randomness said...

My perfect sandwhich is a bacon, egg, & cheese on a seaseme bage. I guess that can be considered a sandwhich kinda?!? =)

I've never had peanut butter & fluff sandwhich but my roomate freshman year of college lived on them. hehe.

Herding Cats said...

My favorite sandwich can be found at a sandwich stand in San Francisco, CA called Ike's Place. It has:

- Shredded Halal Chicken
- Avocado
- Brie Cheese
- Lettuce
- Dirty Sauce

I can't quite explain the dirty sauce but it is amazing! I could bathe in that stuff.....

Janine@Shelf Life said...

The chicken salad sandwich at The Picklehaus Deli in Northboro, Massachusetts. I'm not kidding. Go there just for that.

Tracey said...

I love your questions! I like the Subway Club on Italian, herb and cheese bread with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, black olives, mayonaise, honey mustard, oil, vinegar and salt.

Oh gawd, now I'm very hungry! I could eat one of those everyday! Heck, I could probably eat a footlong right now!
Green-Eyed Momster

Brian Miller said...

there is a great deli near my parents house that makes an amazing sub...actually its just called a sub, but fresh sliced deli meat, melted cheese, onions and hot peppers...mmmm....we get it every time we go to my parents house...

Erin P said...

Good question! I agree with what you said about childhood tastes--my favorites now are all completely different than when I was younger.
Fave 1: cooked chicken breast, bias sliced and placed on the grill with melted dill havarti cheese, applewood smoked bacon, horseradish mayo, and leaf lettuce on focaccia.

Fave 2: grilled portobello mushrooms, thick mozarella cheese, and roasted red peppers, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, with basil pesto spread on herb focaccia and then grilled in a sandwich press.

Fave 3: "Curried Santa Barbara Shrimp Salad" (found on Cooking Light website), which has shrimp, mangos, pears, lime, almonds,etc., in a light curry mayo dressing, put into a leaf lettuce-lined whole wheat pita. UNBELIEVABLE FLAVORS.
The first 2 are from 2 local lunch places, the third I have made several times at home. Mmmm, now I wish I had gone to one of those places for lunch!

Dan said...

Tuna salad on whole wheat with bacon and lettuce and mayo and mustard.

Hard salami sliced paper thin, cheddar cheese, lettuce, mustard on rye.

Aw, who are we kidding - just about anything at anytime.

maria.palermo said...

There is nothing better than two pieces of Italian bread with fresh mozzerella, roasted red peppers and a few sprigs of fresh sure to drizzle with olive oil. Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monkey Man said...

In Beaverton, Oregon there is a little deli called the Sub Station. They make a sandwich called the Zepher. It is turkey, cream cheese and black olives - very simple and very good. My kids love it. Personally, I live a grilled cheese with ham, tomatoes and a touch of bbq sauce.

Working Mommy said...

A grilled cheese...but an adult version...pepper jack cheese on the inside, with the bread buttered on the outside and parm sprinkled on...then grilled to a golden brown!!! I'm hungry now!


Vodka Logic said...

All these great sandwiches. I could live on tuna fish sandwiches..yum

But one I dont get often that I love is turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo on white bread.. guess when I eat that?

cool question and I thought it would be "deep" like is there a heaven.. I like this it was fun.

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Not very original but I do love a good tuna fish sandwich!

I also enjoy a nice veggie sandwich with avocado, sprouts, onions and cucumbers...yummy!

Your peanut butter and fluff sandwich sounds very interesting, I have never heard of that!

Love and hugs,

Matty said...

A chicken salad sandwich. Choose your bread, lightly toasted, with pepper. MMMMMMMM

P said...

My favourite sandwich is a wrap. With chopped up breaded chicken, sour cream and onion dip, and cheese. Absolutely delicious.

Secretia said...

Turkey, hot pepper cheese, lots of lettuce and tomato with heavy brown mustard.

otin said...

I like a roast beef and provalone sub, Jersey Mikes style! with extra oil and vinegar and Jalapeno peppers.

DB said...

Oh, this is easy. Bologna and cheese sub with lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar. Mayonnaise as well if I'm feeling really decadent.

As a child I used to bring a bologna sandwich all 4 years of high school.

I also enjoy a good peanut butter and apple butter sandwich. With a glass of chocolate milk. YUM.

lacochran said...

Grilled cheese!

1st runner up: Lifeline vegan bacon, lettuce and tomato.

kys said...

My fav. is a lobster roll. Of course I can't get one around here. Le Sob.

Sunshine Mama said...

I'm thinking of a BLT. My dad used to make them for us as kids. Delicious.

AriSpark said...
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AriSpark said...

Oh how I love a good sandwich.. I enjoy sandwiches from Quiznoes & Jersey Mike's, but there is a bodega in Brooklyn that makes the best sandwich ever! Wheat roll, smoked turkey, a lil mayo, mustard, very thin sliced tomatos and lettuce, and provalone cheese... Mmm.. drooling just thinking about it.

Lyn said...

Perfect Sandwich: Ann's Deli Roast Beef on a Roll with the works, but I just bounced over from Green-eyed Momster where I had told her I had eaten a Subway today.

JennyMac said...

OH!!! I love this question..
focaccia, tomatoes, brie, arugula. And then on the panini maker. MMMMMMM. And I love tuna (albacore) with mayo, dill, oregano. MMMM.

And since we have a snow day today (as does MiniMac) you have prompted me to make one of these and will be looking forward to it since my blog reading time ends in about 3 minutes since I will be enteraining a 2 year old all day.

Tracey said...

I forgot to mention the Swiss cheese. If you try one, don't forget the cheese!!


Ink Obsession Designs said... hubby has started eating PB & fluff sandwiches and I thought he was crazy. I didn't know that was an actual concoction! I thought it was just something he made up. I've never even had fluff - he tells me I am missing out but I don't know...

My perfect sandwich is ham and cheese panini. :)

blueviolet said...

I'm so boring with the foods I eat but my favorite is to have pepper turkey and pepper jack cheese on toasted bread or a sub roll. OH man, that hits the spot!

Angie said...

Big Mac! It sucks to love something so much, but it's a guilty pleasure...

Spot said...

A gourmet veggie sub from Jimmy Johns!! Fresh veggies, provolone and guacomole. What could be better?


Captain Dumbass said...

My perfect sandwich is any one that's sitting in front of me that I didn't have to make.

TudorCity Girl said...

You sure get a ton of comments, my friend! I rarely eat sandwiches but when I do I love 'em..Especially pb&j and tuna fish! Also try grilled chicken with fresh mozzeralla, fresh basil and tomato with a bit of olive oil on good bread..yum!

Little Ms Blogger said...

Adele – Catsup and butter? Somehow I escaped that flavor combination as a child and am happy I did.

Melanie’s Randomness – A good egg sandwich in the morning is YUMBO!

Herding Cats – Anything described by another as something you’d want to be bathed in is something I’d love to try.

Janine@Shelf Life – Really? Hmmm…I’ll have to remember next time I’m up in that area.

Tracey – Why, thank you. Although reading these answers makes me hungry.

Brian Miller – Melted cheese on a sub – yumbo. You use the word “sub” are you from the Northeast?

Erin P – All 3 sound wonderful, #1 had me drooling and I’m going to check out # 3 because I can.

Dan - A good tuna salad is the best and why it tastes so much better on toasted bread is beyond me.

Maria.palermo – I’d cut this up into bite size pieces and serve with sliced meats and olives….

Monkey Man – Interesting sandwich, I might just try because I’m curious about cream cheese and olives. About the grill cheese, I would never think of bbque sauce on a sandwich, but I might have to try. Have you ever had the grilled cheese with just the bbque sauce?

Working Mommy – Ohhhhh parmasean cheese on the outside….okay, have to try.

Vodka Logic – Sometimes I ask deep questions, but sometimes, simple thoughts provoke deep thoughts …or I was just hungry. I think that sandwich is called a Cape Cod because of the cranberries.

Karyn – Tuna fish is a classic and I enjoy a really good one. I like veggie sandwiches, but would skip the sprouts (never seem to get fresh ones & brings back college memories where my roomie would leave them in the fridge too long insisting they were fine, but ummm NOT).

Matty – I finally found a good chicken salad recipe is hard to find and when I do find it, it’s awesome!

P – I’ve never tried that and am going to try now.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Secretia – That sounds good and I found it interesting you mentioned the mustard being brown. In CT when you ask for mustard it is always brown. I don’t know why that is.

Otin – You lost me on roast beef….but a good Jersey sub is yumbo!

DB – How funny, I brought a peanut butter sandwich every single day to school (mom taught me how to make this sandwich in 1st grade). I would never have a plain PB sandwich today.

Lacochran – Grilled Cheese is a winter comfort food to me and even better when someone else makes it.

Kys – LOL – I love the lobster roll and ummm…can easily get it here. Sorry…

Sunshine Mama – When you have a really ripe tomato, nothing beats it.

AriSpark – I loved smoked turkey on any sandwich.

Lyn – LOL. I wish I liked roast beef because so many people rav about it.

JennyMac - I love dill and capers in my tuna. The Panini sounds yummy.

Tracey – I love swiss cheese.

Ink Obsession – it is a sandwich that fulfills a sweet craving. It is not a sandwich that satisfies a craving for a hearty sandwich.

Blueviolet – I think toasted bread transforms any sandwich and a must for tuna sandwich.

Angie – LOL. I had one recently and it was yummy. It’s the damn sauce.

Spot – Guacomole is yummy.

Captain Dumbass – LOL. Sadly, not shocked by this – I saw the pancake dinner (looked yummy if I had a lot of milk)

Tudor City – You rarely eat a sandwich – how sad. Love the sandwich.

Pamela not pam said...

Last night had the perfect sandwich..oatnut bread, turkey bacon with pepper, fried egg, romaine lettuce, tomato and mayo..omg..yum!

Funny Girl said...

Grilled cheese and tomoato sammy is so nice this time of year.

Leslee said...

Ahhhh, I am a sucker for anything grilled; best being grilled cheese; so gooey and yummy. Pepper jack grilled is even better!

Have to say tho' my altime fav would be a BLTA; bacon, lettuce, tomato & avocado!!

Unknown Mami said...

Cuban sandwich. Hands down a well made Cuban sandwich is bliss on bread.

Kristin said...

Brie and tomatoes on french bread drizzled with olive oil=HEAVEN!!

Carolyn...Online said...

I'm stuck on the fact that there's a person out there under the age of 85 who eats liverwurst...

Jaime said...

these days i usually hit subway for a turkey on wheat... boring, but quick.

i love a good Reuben though

Joanna Jenkins said...

It's funny, the first thing that popped into my head when I read your questions was "anything with white bread and mayo". So that would make my perfect sandwich --

Fried egg with American cheese and mayo on white bread. Sort of a heart attack between two pieces of bread.


llafronz said...

I'd suggest fresh mozzarella on a hero roll with roasted red peppers, hot peppers, some lettuce, balsamic vinegar, and a little bit of evoo. Best when from a genuine Italian deli!

Debbie said...

I'm a vegetarian so my sandwiches are a little different than most! But, it does depend on my mood. And a well-constructed sandwich is a great thing:)

Midtown Girl said...

Ok - my version is this:

Honey roasted turkey or chicken sliced thinly
Baby Spinach
Thinly sliced cucumber
Touch of Russian dressing
Either on a croissant or soft multi-grain wrap! DELISH!

Helen McGinn said...

I do love a blt but the bacon has to be hot and just the right side of crispy, the lettuce crisp and crunchy, the tomatoes fresh and sweet. A little mayo and butter, the bread toasted and you have yourself a feast. As you can probably tell, I don't order this outside...I make my own. *L*

I also love egg mayo on thick white bread with thinly sliced cucumber and freshly ground black pepper. And of course, a seeded bagel with lots of cream cheese and smoked salmon, freshly ground black pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice. The bagel has to be toasted with butter applied quickly so it sinks right in there. Mmmmmmmm.

Gosh, I could go on all day.... ;O)

Little Ms Blogger said...

Pamela not pam – I love Oatnut bread. It’s our staple bread in the house. Although lettuce with fried egg,not sure on that. I’d think the lettuce might get too wilted in a bad way.

Funny Girl – it is and the only time of year I’d eat it.

Leslee – I never tried avocado on a BLT and LOVE avocado. I’ll have to try.

Unknown Mami - My gf and I were just talking about the Cuban on Saturday. She was saying that would be her favorite sandwich and me commenting I never had one. It sounds like I should.

Kristin - Do you eat this cold or as a panini?

Carolyn Online – I feel sorry for you. You haven’t a clue what you’re missing.

Jaime – A good reuben is the best, but sometimes very hard to find.

Joanna Jenkins – LOL. I agree. Mayo makes most anything yummy. I’ve never done an egg sandwich with mayo. I like the sound and assume the bread is toasted.

Llafronz – No tomato? I hear you on the fresh mozzarella. That definitely makes the sandwich.

Debbie – I think there is an art to creating the perfect, well constructed sandwich.

Midtown Girl – I love chicken salad on a croissant, but this sounds like it has possibilities.

Helen – mayo and butter on a sandwich? Not sure on that. But do agree the best BLTs are definitely made at home.