RECIPE #200, DAY #236
ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Salami and Cheese Sandwich” from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis*
TIMING: 5 minutes
DIFFICULTY: Easy. Much easier than pie
TOOLS: Nothing really
COOK TYPE: None
HEALTH: If you are not eating cured meat every day and if you buy meat without added nitrates/nitrites, then this is a great option for your lunch box. Of course, a salami sandwich tastes best with white bread, but the strength of the tastes could hold up to a whole grain or rye bread, too.
EXPERIENCE: I have been trying to come up with sandwiches for lunch boxes, and was distressed that most of the recipes I came across would not hold up to a few hours on hold OR were too obnoxious for school morning prep. So when I came across this recipe–which is, admittedly, hardly a recipe–I was happy to slap it on the weekly schedule and get on with my life.
It is rare that everyone in the family likes a given thing, but this is one of them. White bread, salami, mustard, and optional cheese? For some reason, it reminds me of walking around the zoo eating a contraband picnic lunch.
NOTES: While there is something truly satisfying about the simplest of simple salami sandwiches, I have a few suggestions for you to add:
- pickles (sweet or dill slices)
- olives (or tapenade)
- pickled peppers (like pepperoncini)
- Swiss or cheddar cheese (instead of mozzarella)
- lettuce and mayo (but that’s not to my taste)
- Place 8 slices white or multigrain bread out on your work surface. Spread 4 of them with yellow mustard.
- On the other 4 slices, layer 4 slices mozzarella cheese, 1/2 pound Genoa salami, then other optional additions (see above). Top with mustard bread, squish, and pack for your day out.
Serve with a cold Izze, a tangerine, and a baggie of pretzels.
*Recipe changed from the original.