There are a lot of things to love about sandwiches. They taste good hot or cold, they’re easy to make, and you don’t have to be bogged down by lame-o forks and knives.
They can be light and thin for a tea party, melted and gooey like a grilled cheese, or stuffed to the point that the filling simply cannot be contained, sloppy joe style. Not to mention, there’s bread involved, which is always a plus.
We actually got to thinking around here about just how versatile and beloved sandwiches are. And suddenly we began to see the world through a new lens. A sandwich lens, if you will.
Entrées were suddenly no longer entrées, but possible sandwich fillings… Hummus and dips were all possible spreads… You get the point. Well, we took the whole thing one step further, and have actually compiled a list! Here are 10 recipes we think would taste amazing in sandwich-form.
1. Grilled Eggplant Stack
Who wouldn’t want a Grilled Eggplant Stack seasoned with paprika and grilled until crisped on the edges? And more importantly, who wouldn’t want that in a sandwich?! Layered with a savory roasted red pepper sauce and served with corn and avocado, sounds like a pretty good sammy to us!
2. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
We know what you’re thinking. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites… in a sandwich? Yes, it may sound like a bit much, but these breaded cauliflower florets tossed in a hot and tangy buffalo sauce actually make for a great filling! And since cauliflower is a light vegetable, the breading isn’t too overwhelming.
3. Portobello Chana Masala
This Portobello Chana Masala, and Chana Masala in general, is one of the healthiest Indian dishes you can make. Because of the entree’s heavy use of chickpeas, it is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with fiber, protein, and potassium. And since it’s so healthy, you shouldn’t feel bad about adding bread to the mix. If anything, turning this dish into a sandwich simply makes it easier to eat all of that wholesome goodness.
4. Baked Creamed Spinach
One of the best feelings is finding a recipe that is truly a healthy hack on a comfort food favorite. And the second best feeling is finding one that would taste good in a sandwich! This Baked Creamed Spinach is just that. It’s composed of sautéed spinach and onions, a deliciously creamy cashew cheese sauce, and is sprinkled with crushed cashews and nutritional yeast for optimal cheesiness. Make sure the bread is crunchy with this one!
5. Homemade Chorizo Crumble
This Homemade Chorizo Crumble may take a little bit of time to make, but it’s worth it! It’s spicy and crumbly, with tons of umami flavor, and notes of clove and coriander. Some might suggest putting it in a taco, but we think it would taste great in a sandwich! Or tostada, as it’s traditionally called.
6. Grilled Jerk Tofu With Pineapple Salsa
This Grilled Jerk Tofu With Pineapple Salsa is perfect for a sandwich. The pineapple salsa is sticky and sweet, (which will keep everything together) and the tofu is spicy and crispy from the grill. Serve it with a side of sliced cucumbers for a cooling effect.
7. Potato and Zucchini Mac and Cheese
Everyone knows mac and cheese tastes delicious with bread crumbs baked on top. Well, putting this Potato and Zucchini Mac and Cheese in a sandwich only takes that idea one step further. We guarantee you will see our vision with every bite of that deliciously velvety cashew cheese sauce.
8. Garlic and Zucchini Beet Noodle Salad
The Garlic and Zucchini Beet Salad is a beaut. The vivid color of the deep dark red beet spirals, the refreshing green and decorative cilantro leaves, and the slightly beet-stained pink zucchini noodles make this salad visually appealing and appetizing to the eye. And it looks even more appealing when it’s oozing out from a sandwich! The best part is this salad is super fresh, garlicky, and light, so bread will simply make it a more filling meal.
9. Tofu Saag Paneer
Saag Paneer is a classic Indian dish of cooked spinach studded with cubes of fried paneer cheese. In this Tofu Saag Paneer dish, we’ve replaced the cheese for seasoned tofu while still keeping the spirit of this dish intact! This filling dinner dish is fragrant, spicy, and creamy. The only thing that would make this dish better? You guessed it, sandwiching it between two pieces of naan.
A traditional dish hailing from the French countryside, this Ratatouille lends itself perfectly to sandwiches. The way that the vegetables are arranged ensures that you’ll find different flavors in every bite of this savory masterpiece. And since ratatouille is usually served with bread to soak up the sauces anyway, you’re really not changing the essence of this dish at all. Win!
Has this list inspired you to look at some entrées differently? What would you like to see in a sandwich? Tell us in the comments!
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