Grilling bread or rolls can add a whole new dimension to a salad-type sandwich. The subtle crunch and the browned-off taste of the grilled bread makes the grilled sandwich a special delight. I think that the secret to grilling a perfect sandwich on top of the stove is to use a well-seasoned, heavy iron skillet.
Using a heavy iron skillet, I like to grill my bread with some extra virgin olive oil. The amount of oil used varies depending on how much of the oil flavor that you want. Sometimes, I use a bit of butter, either by itself, in place of the olive oil, or mixed with olive oil to grill the sandwich. Brush the oil or butter on the bread or roll. If you are watching your oil intake, you may use a non-stick cooking spray. Just spray it evenly on the bread or roll. Thereís no need to soak it, but put a good coat of the spray on the bread. Place the bread with the oiled side down into a warm skillet. Cook on medium heat. Watch it carefully, this is not the time to take a phone call! After the bread is grilled to your preferred brown color, take the bread slices or roll from the pan and lay them ungrilled side down on a plate. This helps the bread to keep its crunch. When the bread is cooled, top it with your favorite sandwich salad and add the second piece of bread to close the sandwich. To make a fancier version of these sandwiches, thinly slice cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and shred some lettuce. Layer the vegetables on the bottom slice of bread. Top with the salad, and add the second slice of bread.
Grilled salad sandwiches are especially tasty in the summer. You can make the salad ahead of time, and just grill the bread or rolls as you need them. Iím sure that you have your own favorite salad recipes. If you are in the mood to try something new, this site has a lot of wonderful recipes. Choose the recipes based on your needs. If you are having friends over, and one of them doesnít eat meat, what can you do? Go to the Vegetarian Choices section of the Sandwiches Site. Choose the Vegan Tofu Salad. It tastes like egg salad, but is suitable for people who follow a vegan eating style. You donít have to think, ďCan they eat this?Ē Iíve already designed the salad so that it follows vegan guidelines. There are many salad recipes on this site. Find some that look great to you!
If salad-style sandwiches are not your style, and you love sliced meats and cheeses, choose your favorites and start layering! Have all of your ingredients beside the stove where you can reach them. Spread oil, butter, or spray the bread and lay it down in the warm skillet. Add your favorite sliced meats and cheeses. Make sure that you add the cheese, so that it next to the bread. This will help it melt better. Add the top slice of bread. If the sandwich is especially thick, I cover the pan while the first slice of bread is grilling. Then, I carefully flip the sandwich and finish grilling it uncovered. This gives me a warm sandwich throughout. If I want the meat to be cool, I grill both slices of bread with cheese on them, as if I was grilling bread for a salad-style-sandwich. After the bread is grilled, I add the cool meat.
Grilling sandwiches adds that extra special touch. Whether it is a salad-style grilled sandwich or a more conventional grilled meat and cheese, itís the grilling that makes the difference! Use your favorite recipes, or explore the Sandwiches Site to find that perfect sandwich for any occasion. As always, we would love to hear about your sandwich adventures in the Sandwiches Forum.