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Our Favorite 5 Gourmet Sandwiches

A intricate, elaborate meal is great, but with summer just around the corner, light, fresh meals are the order of the day for the season. The understated (and many times underrated) sandwich is the perfect dish for spring and summer, and it doesn’t have to be boring or plain. We’re here to prove that between (and beyond) two slices of bread can lie a magnificent gourmet dish! The secret lies, as it always does in gourmet cooking, in selecting the best ingredients and using a bit of culinary creativity.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich vs The Croque Monsieur

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Croque Monsieur by Accidental Locavore

Grilled cheese, French-style! This is perhaps the easiest, albeit oversimplified definition of the Croque Monsieur (a play on the words “crunch” and “mister”). Eaten in France in bars, bistros, and famously originating at the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris, this cheesy sandwich typically uses Emmental or Gruyere cheese, both earthy, nutty cheeses with great melting properties, alongside a good amount of ham. The bread, contrary to expectations, is not the famous baguette, but rather a broad, country loaf-style hefty slice, with the crust cut off. It can’t be too thin, or the melted cheese will overwhelm it. A key ingredient? The sauce. A Croque Monsieur sometimes comes with a béchamel or Mornay sauce, basically a cream-based concoction that is drizzled on top and then broiled. Yum! Anne Mayfield of The Accidental Locavore has been on a personal quest of finding the perfect Croque Monsieur, so we reached out to her for a delicious, easy-to-make at home recipe for an authentic Croque Monsieur

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Ham Sandwich vs The Prosciutto Sandwich

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Ham Sandwich
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The Prosciutto Sandwich

You can have a ham and cheese sandwich…or you can have a Prosciutto di Parma and poached egg with arugula sandwich! That’s what Stefanie of Sarcastic Cooking recommends, and just looking at the picture of her trademark Open-Faced Poached Egg Arugula & Prosciutto Sandwich made our mouths start watering. This recipe is perfect for a gourmet brunch or breakfast, combining buttery, gorgeous prosciutto ham with tart arugula leaves, a perfectly cooked poached egg, all with a drizzle of creamy citrusy lemon vinaigrette. Delicious, filling, and sophisticated!

Not into the just-one-slice thing? If you’re a purist who believes that a sandwich should come with two slices of bread (we beg to differ!), we found this amazing alternative from Lynne Webb of MyGourmetConnection.com. Her hefty Roasted Eggplant, Veggie, Provolone & Prosciutto Sandwich includes: “slices of garlic-balsamic roasted eggplant, topped with warm, buttered tomatoes, wilted spinach, prosciutto and provolone cheese”. We loved the combination of salty and sweet prosciutto with the healthy veggies, and because the sandwich is served warm, it’s guaranteed to be filling.

Prosciutto Sandwich Roasted Eggplant, Veggie, Provolone & Prosciutto Sandwich
Roasted Eggplant, Veggie, Provolone & Prosciutto Sandwich by My Gourmet Connection Open-Faced Poached Egg Arugula & Prosciutto Sandwich by Sarcastic Cooking

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Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich vs The Lyonnaise Sandwich

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Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich
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The Lyonnaise Sandwich

Crunchy, salty and fatty bacon, trust us, we got hungry just writing this sentence! We had heard of the famed Lyonnaise salad, a dish typical of the city of Lyon, in France, that combined frisse lettuce with bits of fried bacon and a poached egg, and we thought it was genius of Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen to bring the classic salad to a sandwich form. She cooked up bacon with shallots and red wine, mixed with fine Dijon mustard, and tossed it with the frisse. She added the soft poached egg and some tomato slices, and used warm buttery brioche buns to contain the whole shebang.  With bacon, red wine, brioche, oeuf (that’s egg in French), and a French name to boot, the Lyonnaise sandwich is definitely one to add to the repertoire.

Lyonnaise Gourmet Sandwich

Salade Lyonnaise Sandwich by A Cozy Kitchen

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The Steak Sandwich vs Flank Steak and Chimichurri Sandwich

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Flank Steak and Chimichurri Sandwich

For a lot of people, a great meal is based on one thing, and one thing only: meat. Steak, specifically. So we thought our list could never be complete without a gourmet steak sandwich. There were many delicious choices out there, but we think our winner deserved it. Meet: The Flank Steak On Texas Toast With Chimichurri Sandwich by Food52 (www.Food52.com)! A very popular seasoning right now, chimichurri is a spicy garlic dressing from South America, made out of several spices mixed in olive oil. It brings out the earthy flavor of the steak without overpowering the meat, giving it a delicious spicy touch. In this sandwich, the Chimichurri sauce is used both to marinate the steak and to craft a deliciously inventive mayonnaise.  The thick and buttery Texas toast is absolutely essential to absorb the weight of the sandwich – and the delicious juices from the steak!

Flank Steak Sandwich

Flank Steak on Texas Toast with Chimichurri by Food52

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Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich vs Smoked Salmon With Avocado & Egg Sandwich

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Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich
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Smoked Salmon With Avocado & Egg Sandwich

Disclaimer: I LOVE smoked salmon. Actually, to say I love it is an understatement. I’m a full-blown smoked salmon addict. I will have it on anything and everything, for every and any meal. So nailing the greatest smoked salmon sandwich recipe was a task of personal pride. The winner was the Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Egg Open Faced Sandwich by Kate of Framed Cooks.

We love that she used just one slice of bread, since it allows the smoked salmon flavor and texture to shine through, plus the sweetness of the avocado paired wonderfully and matched the buttery texture of the smoked salmon, and the salty and filling scrambled eggs gave it more substance and extra heft. All in all, a protein-packed, antioxidant rich, super filling and incredibly delicious gourmet sandwich!

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Open Face Sandwiches with Avocado, Egg and Smoked Salmon by Framed Cooks

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Top 5 Classic Wine-and-Cheese Pairings: A short and sweet wine-matching guide to the most popular cheeses on the cheese plate

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In order for a wine and cheese pairing to be successful, you have to perfectly marry the texture, the degree of acidity, the flavor (obviously), and the fat content of the cheese to the flavor profile of the wine. To get it wrong is to destroy the enjoyment of the cheese, not to mention wasting a perfectly good bottle of wine.  Food and wine pairing is truly an art form, which is why a truly exceptional sommeliers a rare and precious thing.

It can be an intimidating feat, but there’s no reason to panic and run to the nearest sommelier class (although, why not, that could be fun!). There’s also no need to wander the wine aisles of the supermarket like a lost puppy in search of its owner. There are certain wine and cheese pairings that are foolproof, time-tested, and guaranteed to impress your guests and enhance your cheese plate.

1. Chevres or “goat cheeses”

Goat cheeses have a very acidic flavor and fresh aroma, and have a great richness to them with creamy, velvety texture, like Crottin, Caprifeuille and Bucherondin. Red wines tend to be to rich and complex, overwhelming the palate.  The best way to go is with whites, especially, crisp, fruity and light wines that cut through the richness of the cheese, balancing it out, letting you refresh the palate for the next bite.

The classic pairing: Sancerre and Chenin Blanc.
You can also try: Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
Try: Goat Cheese Selection

2. Brie & Camembert

Brie has become a staple on the cheese plate, beloved for it’s creamy and velvety texture, and a mild flavor that pleases all palates. It’s also extremely versatile, as this soft cheese can pair wonderfully with light and medium-bodied red wines with lots of fruitiness to it, or with a bright, sparkling bubbly.

Brie Mon Sire

Brie Mon Sire

The classic pairing: Pinot Noir and Champagne.
You can also try: Merlot, Beaujolais, Rose.
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3. Stilton & Gorgonzola

gorgonzola dolce

gorgonzola dolce

Blue cheese can vary wildly, from creamy to crumbly, to rich and dense, so we chose one of the most representative for the cheese plate, English Stilton. Its intensity and pungency – characteristic of all blue-veined cheese – not to mention its rich and buttery texture, makes Stilton the perfect match for sweet Port.  A Portuguese fortified red wine, Port is extremely sweet and very robust, which why its used as a dessert or after-dinner wine. The sweetness balances out the saltiness of the Stilton, and it’s robustness stands out to the richness of the cheese.

Classic pairing: Ruby Port.
You can also try: Sauternes, a classic sweet white wine from Bordeaux.

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Try: Gorgonzola Dolce >

4. Cheddar

This is a tricky pairing, as the flavor of cheddar changes with age. Most of the more widely palate-friendly cheddars are in the medium range, so let’s take those ones as our example. Cheddar’s most distinctive characteristic is its sharpness, which makes it hard to match with wine, and makes it more suited for a strong, yeasty Ale. Another great match? Apple! Most specifically, sweet and strong apple cider.

vintage cheddar

vintage cheddar

Classic pairing: Beer or Apple Cider.
But you can also try: Chardonnay – a light and fruity white wine.

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5. Sheep Cheese

Ewe’s milk is tangy and nutty, and generally richer than cow’s milk. Sheep’s milk cheese can vary wildly in flavor and texture, as you can have for example a creamy and buttery Brebicet, a crumbly and dry Pecorino Romano, or a Spanish Manchego, firm and buttery cheese with herbaceous notes. They all pair well with different wines, so rather than give you one global wine pairing, we’ll give you three, suitable to each type of sheep’s milk cheese.

pecorino romano

pecorino romano

Creamy Sheep’s Milk Cheese Classic Pairing: Chenin Blanc.
Dry and Crumbly: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Buttery and Firm: dry Sherry.

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Try: Sini Fulvi Pecorino Romano>
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If you want to experiment a little bit, try the old adage “if it grows together, it goes together”.  There’s a good chance a cheese from a particular geographic area, will go well with a wine from the same region.  For example: Crottin de Chavignol chevre from the Loire Valley pairs wonderfully with Vouvray, a delicious white wine from the same region of the Loire, made of the Chenin Blanc grape.
It’s always good to rely on the classics, and the cheese and wine pairings above you can always fall back upon!