Let’s explore some of the great ideas found in the Sandwich Name Game on the BellaOnline Sandwiches Forum. This week we’ll pursue the different types of cheese sandwiches. Cheese is a versatile food that comes in a variety of flavors and textures. These diverse flavors are produced by different types of milk with their various amounts of fat, techniques in aging, and additions to the cheese. There are hard, soft, and semi-soft cheeses.
Many cheeses are made from cow, sheep, or goat milk. Cow milk cheeses don’t have the same taste as a sheep or goat milk cheese. Goat milk cheese used to have a decidedly wild flavor. Now, it is often mild.
Aging is part of the cheese maker’s tool kit. Cheese that is aged for a long time tends to have a sharper, more pronounced taste. Aging intensifies the flavors of the cheese. Farmer-type cheeses are unripened, which is another way of saying that they are not aged. They have a mild taste.
The tastes of cheese vary widely. Some cheeses have mold introduced into the culture. The blue-veined cheeses are examples. Others, like Swiss or Gouda may be smoke flavored. There are herb and vegetable flavored types. Hot cheeses are made by adding peppers to the cheese. There are cheeses that have port wine added. Fruit is even used to flavor cheese. Both mango and cranberry make delicious additions to cheese. For people who enjoy a bit of tangy cheese, try the horseradish flavor.
Whether cheese is soft or hard depends on how much moisture is in the cheese. The moisture is partially controlled by how much liquid is initially pressed out of the curds. Another part of the cheese making process that influences hardness is aging. In general, the longer a cheese is aged, the harder it gets.
Our Sandwich Name Game cheese creations use many kinds of cheese to produce delicious sandwiches. Some cheese sandwiches are suitable for a vegetarian meal, while others have meat with them. Use side dishes and fruit with your special cheese sandwiches to make delightful sandwich meals.
Cheese Sandwich Ideas
Vegetarian Cheese Sandwiches
*Artichoke hearts, chopped black olives, fresh mozzarella slices, and sliced grape tomatoes, mixed with salt and pepper, fresh chopped parsley, and red wine vinegar and olive oil, then served on garlic rubbed grilled Italian bread slices.
*Dark brown bread with sharp cheddar, hot peppers, sautéed onions, sliced tomato, and Dijon mustard, served Panini style.
*Orange marmalade, cream cheese and sugared violets on croissant or cut outs of Hawaiian Sweetbread. A lovely tea sandwich!
*Onion bagel, toasted, with herb flavored goat cheese, thinly sliced tomato and pesto.
*Toasted cheese sandwich on sprouted grain sesame bread. (Toast the bread, put the cheese on, and brown it under a broiler.)
*Onions and mushrooms grilled and piled on a Swiss cheese sandwich grilled on sourdough.
**Habanero cream cheese with spinach and sliced tomato on a poppy seed bagel.
*Eggplant, onions, peppers, black olives, tomatoes, basil, oregano, sautéed in olive oil, sprinkled with cheese, and stuffed into a pita.
*Onion Kaiser roll with Swiss, Colby, Pepperjack, sharp Cheddar, and provolone slices, wrapped in foil and baked until the cheese melts.
*Biscuit with egg and cheese.
Cheese Sandwiches with Meat
*Deli sliced smoked Gouda, turkey, crispy bacon, avocado slices, alfalfa sprouts, thinly sliced cucumbers and tomato, and mayo or ranch in a low-carb, fresh multi-grain wrap.
*Loin chops, grilled and sliced thin in a flour tortilla wrap with Mexican cheese, Pico de Gallo, and guacamole.
*Danish ham, Havarti cheese, with mayo and grainy mustard garnished with thin pickle slices on a flatbread cracker.
*Habanero cream cheese with lox and sliced tomato on a bagel.
*Turkey, provolone cheese, sprouts, tomato, sliced avocado, and honey mustard in a fresh knot roll.
*Salami, bologna, pepperoni, provolone, shredded lettuce, jalapenos, olives, thinly sliced sweet onions, pickles, tomatoes, on a cheese hoagie with oil and vinegar, mustard, and mayo.
*Deli sliced DiLusso chicken, ham, and Swiss cheese, grilled on sourdough and dressed with mango mayo.
*Drizzle of olive oil and red wine vinegar on an Italian roll with ham, salami, provolone, sliced black olives, tomato, lettuce, and banana peppers.
*DiLusso salami or pepperoni and Colby-jack cheese with grainy mustard on sourdough bread and grilled in olive oil. (Spread the mustard on the side with the meat. Let the melted cheese moisten the other piece of bread.)
What types of cheese sandwiches suit you? If you like your cheese sandwiches with or without meat, you can always find a great sandwich that tempts your taste buds. Whether the sandwich is a low-carb wrap or a selection with thick-sliced bread, cheese makes a sandwich that you can sink your teeth into. Paired with delicious sides, these sandwiches make a nutritious meal.
What are your sandwich ideas? Play the Sandwich Name Game in the BellaOnline Sandwiches Forum. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!
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