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All the Sandwiches!

September 28, 2012

My favorite thing about a sandwich, besides my intense love of bread, is that anything goes. You literally sandwich toppings of your choosing between two slices of bread, and eat. It almost can’t get easier – or more customized – than that. Lately I’ve been erring on the side of simplicity with my sammies. As a huge fan of saltiness, I took the fixings for a bowl of Greek salad and piled them high on Ciabatta bread. The result is a hearty, but not heavy sandwich that mixes classic ingredients with a cilantro jalapeno humus for just the right amount of kick. I call this the Ariba La Grecia.

Ariba Al Grecia

2 Slices of fresh baked Ciabatta bread

Cilantro jalapeno humus

6 Kalamata olives, halved

2 Slices of tomato

Lettuce leaf

2 Slices of red onion

Feta cheese crumbles

Layer each ingredient, one on top of the next, until you’ve got a high stacked ready to eat greek salad sandwich.

With a whole loaf of Ciabatta to get through, I opted to share two recipes. As a child, we traveled quite a bit around Southern England. One trip in particular took us to Cheddar Gorge, the home of the infamous cheese. Tasked with feeding three small children, my parents always packed picnics with sandwiches as it was generally the easiest. Never quite this involved, there was typically a cheese base (a sandwich staple if you ask me!). Using a sharp white cheddar, I focused on a more fall inspired taste. Apple, nutmeg, and a nutty cream cheese combined to balance the bitter and sweet.

The Cheddar Gorge

2 Slices of fresh baked Ciabatta bread

Honey walnut cream cheese

1 Slice of sharp white cheddar cheese

Half a Fuji apple, sliced

Sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg

Spread cream cheese on Ciabatta, layer with sharp white cheddar and apple slices, sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg. Press the sandwich in a panini press for three minutes. Cut in half, and enjoy!

I was recently reminded of how great sandwiches can be when I caught wind of the Panera Sandwich Showdown.

Think you’re recipes are better than mine? Think they are the best in the country? Show it! Sandwich enthusiasts across the country now have the opportunity to put their sandwich-making skills to the test in Panera Bread’s Sandwich Showdown contest. The event gives amateur chefs, bread connoisseurs, and fans of culinary creativity throughout the country the chance to have their homemade concoction named the best sandwich in the U.S.

Now through October 6th, you can submit your own sandwich recipe for a chance to win $10,000 cash, $500 worth of Panera Bread gift cards, free Panera bagels for a year and will have their sandwich on the menu for a limited time at participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the United States! Just visit the Sandwich Showdown to build your masterpiece – and get the chance to tell the story behind your tasty concoction.

Need some sandwich inspiration? Find tons of it here!

And finally, we’ve got a Panera Bread gift card giveaway! Three of you will be getting a $15 Panera gift card.

So, here’s how: Leave a comment below telling me your favorite sandwich ingredient (cheese, cheese, cheese!).

For extra entries, you can tweet “Enter the #SandwichShowdown for a chance to win culinary bragging rights and $10k plus prizes from @panerabread. http://bit.ly/SUbmnb cc: @cityjars”. Just make sure you come back and tell me in the comments below that you’ve tweeted!

Contest ends Friday, October 5th at 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced on Monday, October, 9th.

Looking forward to hearing about all your favorite parts of the sammie!

I wrote this sponsored post  in partnership with Panera, in order to spread the word about Panera Bread’s Sandwich Showdown contest. Thanks, Panera!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2012 9:36 am

    Reblogged this on magnumwinesintl.

  2. September 28, 2012 9:37 am

    I love tuna salad sandwiches with tiny chopped celery, lettuce and tomato.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  3. September 28, 2012 9:44 am

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/251692641916432384

  4. Jess permalink
    September 28, 2012 9:44 am

    So many giveaways lately. You gooo girl.
    Nothing better than a sandwich/salad combo.

  5. Jess permalink
    September 28, 2012 9:45 am

    I tweeted. Also, my fave ingredient is adding dill.

  6. Alaine permalink
    September 28, 2012 11:20 am

    Havarti cheese 🙂
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  7. Deanna permalink
    September 28, 2012 4:52 pm

    pesto mayo! can not get enough of it on evverrrryyythinnggggg

  8. Denene permalink
    September 28, 2012 5:04 pm

    Gouda cheese.

  9. September 28, 2012 5:17 pm

    Any and all cheese. Always the star of a sandwich 🙂

  10. September 28, 2012 7:25 pm

    I love to make a ‘breakfast’ sandwich with strawberries and chocolate, panini style. YUM! (But for savory, GOTTA have the cheese. Every time.)

  11. September 30, 2012 2:37 pm

    i love a good kalamata olive addition! or banana peppers!

  12. Tracie Trump permalink
    October 2, 2012 2:44 pm

    Love cheese and red onion, tracietrump@yahoo.com

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