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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Two Quick and Easy Summer Sandwiches

When the summer temperature soar and the air is heavy with humidity we don't feel like eating heavy meals.  Sandwiches are perfect for this type of weather because they are quite portable and they don't heat up the kitchen.  They are also quite versatile using any bread and filling you want ranging from cold to hot, plain to fancy and everything in between.

ham pocket
Pita aka pocket bread are ideal for making quick sandwiches.  Pitas are are a bit lighter in calories coming in at 160 calories per pita compared to 2 slices of bread averaging 185 calories.  However, a half pita is sufficient for one large sandwich so that reduces the bread component of the sandwich to 80 calories.  Pitas are also a bit lower in carbohydrates coming in at 10% compared to 12% of sliced bread.  In short pitas are a bit healthier for you.

I stuffed a half of whole wheat pita with red leaf lettuce, sliced ham, red onions, and tomatoes.  I used  new beau monde vegetable dip in place of mayonnaise for a bit more flavour.  Dips aren't just for dipping.  I often use them in sandwiches.  Dips make a good mayonnaise replacement because they are thick and creamy but many have refreshing, light flavours to brighten up any sandwich.

ham provolone panini
A sandwich press is ideal for making hot sandwiches during the heat of the summer without heating up the kitchen.  The nice thing is there is very little clean-up using a sandwich press either.  Not only do you reduce the heat from cooking but also from the clean-up so it is a summer time win/win.  It's quick and easy as well so this is one small appliance that comes in quite handy during the summer months.

I made this delightful ham and provolone panini for lunch.  I spred the bread slices with new beau monde vegetable dip to add a bit more pizzaz then layered the cheese and meat.  I served the panini with dill pickle spears.  Just look at those lovely grill marks!


2 food lovers commented:

Petula said...

Looks and sounds yummy.

Garden Gnome said...

Thanks :)