Sandwiches are such a universal food. They’re fun to eat, you can customize them for anyone, they’re (somewhat) portable, and they’re downright delicious. What’s not to love?
However, crafting the textbook sandwich requires some skill. Being able to pair the perfect bread, fillings and garnishments in a new and creative way is key. Luckily, if you’re looking to up your own sandwich-making game at home, we’ve got tons of inspiration. In fact, we’d bet the judges over at Flavortown (a.k.a. Guy’s Grocery Games) would be impressed by these sammies.
Ready to take a bite out of the competition? Read on for 10 sandwich recipes we’re sure would take top prizes on Guy’s Grocery Games: Beat the Judges.
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Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich
You don’t need to make your own kimchi to inject a basic grilled cheese sandwich with a new and surprising flavour. The jarred stuff you buy at the grocery store works just as well, and it adds a whole new layer of fermented goodness to your childhood staple. Pair this sandwich with some tomato soup on a cold night, or cut it into fingers for an easy appetizer at your next dinner party. Either way, it’s always a hit.
Vegan Nashville Sandwich
Nashville chicken sandwiches, with their buttery bread and tangy pickles, are having a moment. If you’re vegan though, it can be hard to partake in the current fast-food craze. So we say, why not whip up your own delicious Nashville sandwich right at home? Use firm tofu, panko and a curation of spices to create the ultimate vegan sandwich that even meat-eaters can’t resist digging into.
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Steak Sandwich with Fries
Steak sandwiches are one of our pub faves, but this recipe is a unique flavour bomb thanks to the addition of fresh apples. They add a surprisingly delightful crunch to traditional ingredients, like caramelized onions, mushrooms and swiss cheese. Serve it all on a warm and fresh ciabatta bun for a hearty and comforting sandwich tonight.
Buttery Bombay Sandwich
This vegetarian recipe brings Indian street food right into your kitchen with its delicious combo of crunchy, spicy and cool ingredients. It’s got hearty potatoes as the base, with avocados, red onions, tomatoes and an easy homemade cilantro mint chutney tying it all together. Take it on the road for a fun and filling lunch, or whip it up at home and make it extra fancy by toasting the bread in some ghee first.
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Creamy Havarti and Jerk Pork
If you’ve ever been to Jamaica, odds are you’re still craving the jerk you sampled there. Satisfy those cravings with this simple marinade, which includes all the classic jerk flavours you know and love. When paired with pork, Havarti and a simple coleslaw, these jerk sandwiches are a total bomb of flavour and may quickly become one of your go-to dinner recipes.
PEI Lobster Roll
Lobster rolls are a Canadian East Coast staple, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a well-crafted roll from the comfort of your own home. Seven simple but quality ingredients come together for a sandwich that you can totally imagine eating seaside. But the best part is you can use any kind of cooked lobster meat: canned, steamed or frozen. Don’t have access to lobster meat? Crab meat works just as well.
Tomato, Mozzarella and Pesto Sandwiches
If you love fresh Italian flavours but aren’t in the mood for another slice of pizza, this simple but satisfying sandwich is the perfect thing to indulge in. Just put together pesto, mozzarella and tomato for a classic sandwich combination. If you want to be extra fancy you could toast your sandwich in a panini press or switch up the bread. But this sandwich also travels well in a cooler, making it one of our simplest faves.
Related: Vegan Basil Pesto With Almonds
Egg salad, but make it fancy by swapping out regular mayo for Japanese mayonnaise. That’s the idea behind this Japanese egg salad sandwich, which features a stunning soft-boiled egg in the center of each parcel. It’s pretty and adds another texture to your regular old picnic staple, proving that sometimes you can reinvent the wheel.
Fish Fillet Sandwich
If you sometimes crave those fast-food fish sandwiches or want to switch up fish & chips in a comforting and satisfying way, Kardea Brown has the recipe for you. This homemade take on the classic sandwich has the crunchy, salty, creamy bite you love, and it all comes together in less than 30 minutes.
Related: Halibut Fish and Chips
Meatloaf is such a comfort food, so a meatloaf sandwich makes total sense. There are quite a few components that go into making this delicious bite, but we promise the malt mayo, pickles and meatloaf sauce combo make it well worth it. Alternatively, you could whip this meatloaf up for dinner then use the leftovers to create a sandwich the next day, putting a new spin on your weekday meal prep.