The Miracle of a Good Sandwich: Basic Cheese, Lettuce & Tomato

There are solely two methods to stay your life. One as if nothing is a miracle. The opposite as if every part is.
Albert Einstein

Hey all!! Who’s up for a bit of ‘virtually again to highschool however not fairly’ sandwich love? I imply, I do know summer season continues to be on right here within the west, however now could be the time to start out trying forward because the leaves begin to flip and the times begin to sneak ever so slowly in direction of being shorter. This publish is all in regards to the easy sandwich, which to many might sound easy & apparent, however for those who look intently, there’s simply a lot to like a few actually good sandwich, and I for one can at all times use a reminder of that.

I do know there are 1,000,000 nice choices for lunches on the market, and given the selection I’ll virtually at all times select a salad or a lightweight easy possibility as an alternative of one thing heavy (in reality I typically skip lunch too in favour of a heartier breakfast). I do eat bread however not quite a bit, and to me, a sandwich is just price consuming if it’s killer. So what does killer imply to me? Let me clarify.

Like something, for my part, the most effective sandwich is the best sandwich. Made with just some elements which are actually nice, as a result of something made with care & goodness at all times satisfies in additional methods than with simply bodily nourishment. This begins with nothing however wonderful bread (solely the freshest handmade bread will do). You can also make your personal, and for those who haven’t but, I critically suggest you do that simple no knead bread recipe (it’s virtually criminally simple).  In any other case, purchase a loaf of fine crusty sourdough bread out of your favorite native bakery – you’ll at all times be glad you probably did (and so will they).

Subsequent, add recent & vibrant greens, in summer season there isn’t a scarcity right here: tomatoes, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, sprouts. Subsequent, add a bit of one thing so as to add flavour (aka fats & protein): hummus (there are a number of on my recipe web page), a favourite pesto, a pointy cheese, or a ripe sliced avocado is the most effective place begin. Protein is elective, and I nonetheless get giddy after I recall the most effective sandwiches loved in France…..nice bread, unbelievable cheese, ripe juicy tomato, all high quality, all unbelievable. That was it.

On my weekend journey to my mother and father home final week, this was the sandwich we loved at our picnic, and it’s a traditional that may by no means exit of favor. Utilizing bread from the superb bakery throughout the road, an island grown beefsteak tomato & pink onion, in addition to freshly picked lettuce from their yard backyard, all I added was a bit of cheddar cheese and we have been completed.

Appears simple, and appears easy, and it’s. Actually, I feel it might need been considerably of a miracle…recent meals grown with sunshine, water, and loving care and bread created with loving palms & a scorching wooden burning oven. Yup, fairly superb while you break it down. What’s your favourite approach to scratch your sandwich itch?

Recent Tomato, Cheese & Lettuce Sandwich with Recent Crusty Bread:

  • 2 slices your favorite recent crusty bread (a traditional French loaf, or this recipe)
  • a bit of butter or olive oil (or a pesto or hummus)
  • a number of slices sharp white cheddar
  • (2) slices thick ripe pink tomato
  • an ideal handful of tender lettuce leaves
  • a number of rings of thinly sliced pink onion
  • salt & pepper

I feel we’re all fairly skilled with regards to placing a sandwich collectively, however simply in case, right here is the order I am going:  butter or pesto to grease the bread. To get these fillings going, on one piece pile the lettuce, then the onion. On the opposite piece, layer the cheese to cowl up the buttered bread, and stack the tomatoes in a single layer to cowl. Sprinkle the tomato with salt & pepper as desired and thoroughly put the 2 sides collectively.

There’s nothing worse (nicely possibly there’s, really undoubtedly there’s), than soggy bread from a ripe tomato touched up towards it. To make sure bread that stays crusty and never soggy, the tomato ought to be layered between a protect of cheese or one thing sturdy (slices of tofu or lettuce). Butter or smooth spreads don’t do a lot to stop sogginess, and I for one have had one too many sandwiches returned uneaten on account of the bread being ‘soaked in tomato juice’. Not good.

Get pleasure from your scrumptious sandwich, be grateful, and dream. I’m dreaming of my subsequent nice sandwich now and in addition recalling a few of the nice reminiscences I’ve had that go together with them. We’ve all obtained them ~ what are yours?