Recipe report: New takes on sandwiches

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Looking to spruce up your sandwich lineup with something a little different? These five recipes offer unique twists on carriers, fillings and flavors. 

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1. Grilled Cheese with Summer Squash

grilled cheese

Culinary students at Johnson & Wales demo healthy, flavorful recipes to elementary school students through Chef Makuch’s culinary nutrition program. The chef has compiled the recipes into a cookbook called Families Cook: Nutritious Recipes with a Side of Food Safety that kids share with their parents. This recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich “hides” a portion of veggies in a kid-friendly favorite.

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Photo courtesy of Johnson & Wales

2. Avocado & Tuna Salad Trapizzino

Avocado & Tuna Salad Trapizzino

Trapizzino, a cross between pizza and panini, is typically sold as an Italian street food. The sandwich is composed of focaccia or a similar thick bread that’s stuffed with a filling. At Roman Candle Baking Co. the kitchen creates a filling of tuna mixed with avocados, pickles and eggs. A roasted scallion vinaigrette in brushed on the bread before it’s stuffed with the tuna mixture.

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Photo courtesy of Avocados from Mexico

3. Potato Monte Cristo Sandwich

Potato Monte Cristo Sandwich

Culinary teams are innovating breakfast sandwiches by swapping out the bread for more creative carriers. Chef Humphrey builds a monte cristo with turkey, ham and cheese, but subs crisp mashed potato patties for the usual bread slices. He adds a honey mustard dip for zing.

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Photo courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission

4. Vietnamese Turkey Banh Mi

Vietnamese Turkey Banh Mi

Banh mi sandwiches are typically made by layering pork pate and pickled vegetables on a French baguette. Chef Briwa changes up the Vietnamese classic by swapping out pork for turkey and creating additional layers of flavor and texture with fried shallots, salad greens and Sriracha mayo.

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Photo courtesy of National Turkey Federation

5. Yucatan Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Yucatan Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Chicken is the top protein choice for sandwiches, according to Technomic data. Both chefs and consumers enjoy chicken for its versatility, health halo and price point. It also adapts very well to global flavors and grilling, as evidenced in this take on a Mexican torta from Chopbar. The chicken is marinated in a mix of assorted chilies and garlic, and the marinade also enhances the mayonnaise spread on the rolls. Traditional queso fresco adds authenticity.

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