If you’re growing tired of the basic cold-cut sandwich, it might be time to add some grilled goodness to your routine. Remember, a sandwich isn’t limited to lifeless deli meats and sliced cheese, and can be the perfect platform for melding a grilled trifecta of meat, cheese and veggies. And of course, you shouldn’t neglect the bread that holds it all together.
When crafting a masterful sandwich creation on the grill, here are a few tips to keep in mind. Do you have any tips or tricks of your own for making the perfect grilled sandwich? Please share them for a chance be featured on the Roundup! You can send your recipes and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marinate Your Meat Whether you opt for grilled chicken breast, a juicy steak or any meat in between, meat is always better hot off the grill. But there is also an art to stepping outside of the realm of pre-sliced deli meat, and the best grilled sandwich meats soak in a delicious marinade before they meet the heat. Below we have a Simple Steak Marinade and Quick Chicken Marinade that will result in fragrant and flavorful meat.
Simple Steak Marinade
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Quick Chicken Marinade
20-30 minutes (maximum)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup white wine
For each marinade, combine all ingredients in a shallow bowl before adding the meat. Cover with a plate or plastic wrap, and allow to marinate for allotted time.
Grill Your Veggies Grilled vegetables are real competitors in the sandwich game, and onions and peppers make it to the top of our list. These tasty vegetables pair amazingly with zesty chicken, tender flank steaks, or stand equally as delicious as the main event in your sandwich.
After slicing your vegetables, be sure to coat them in a light layer of oil before grilling. You can use a mixture of your favorite herbs and spices and either melted butter or olive oil to lock in flavor and ensure that the vegetables don’t stick to the grill.
Get Creative With Your Bread Choice Bread is the staple that (literally) holds your sandwich together, and can make or break your sandwich. While traditional hoagie rolls are a classic choice, allow yourself to think outside of the box and experiment with something new. Lightly oiled focaccia bread or a ciabatta roll sprinkled with your favorite herbs are both delicious options, or a grilled croissant can be the perfect way to blanket your fillings. If you’re looking for a lighter choice, consider enveloping your ingredients in a piece of flat bread from the grill.
Choose Your Cheese With Care There is an endless variety of delicious cheeses to choose from, but some pair better than others, depending on the situation. When selecting the appropriate cheese choice, you want something that will be the right texture and flavor to compliment the rest of your sandwich. For example, the generally mild character of Swiss can complement a bolder meat flavor, while the sharpness of cheddar enhances the smoky undertones of a grilled steak. Pepper jack pairs exceptionally well with grilled chicken breast and crisp, crunchy vegetables.
If you’re going to combine several cheeses, try matching up cheeses with similar firmness. Whether its cheddar and pepper jack, or Gouda and Swiss, pairing cheeses with similar consistencies ensures that they melt and meld together at the same pace.
Put It All Together Don’t forget to grab a handful of napkins, because a hot and juicy grilled sandwich can get a little messy!
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