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What do you think of when you think of the perfect sandwich? Whether your favorite two-slice meal consists of two runny eggs and gooey, melted cheddar cheese or layers of pepperoni, salami, and ham teaming up with lettuce and tomato, there are certain tricks to making a sandwich that transcend mere ingredient choices. If you’re looking to make one of the world’s simplest yet most enjoyable meal options the best it possibly can be, then look right here for three tips for how to build the perfect sandwich.
1. Consider textures before flavors
Let’s say you want to top your turkey sandwich with mayonnaise, ketchup, and an extra drizzle of oil. While ambitious and sure to be delicious, this plan will probably ruin your sandwich. Slathering on the condiments is a surefire way to make your sandwich so greasy that all that delicious turkey slips out the sides.
That’s why it’s important to achieve an even balance of solid foods with liquid toppings. Swap out that ketchup for a tomato slice. Replace that extra oil with some sliced pickles so that your sandwich only gets that extra kick of moistness the moment you bite into it. For extra crunch without too much flavor profile change, add a layer of lettuce.
2. Get the right cut
You’re probably super stoked about the chicken cutlet you prepared for your sandwich. Don’t let your excitement blind you if your cutlet is bigger than your bread. If your cutlet sticks out from those sourdough slices, it’s all but certain to fall out of your sandwich when you grab it and get ready to bite down.
Instead, split your cutlet in half and distribute the meat between two different sandwiches. Similarly, with toppings such as bacon, cheese, pickles, and onions, you’ll want to make sure you’ve cut your ingredients to a size that ensures they won’t come sliding out of your sandwich. Sure, you can enjoy these spilled ingredients on their own when your sandwich is done to make the whole experience last longer, but your sandwich might lose a good bit of flavor if you do.
3. Pair and layer
Properly pairing and layering ingredients is key to a top-notch sandwich experience. If you know the tomatoes and mozzarella on your sandwich have complementary flavors, why stack them far from each other in your sandwich? Pair ingredients whose flavors match. Then, when you stack all your ingredients together between your bread slices, you’ll find that your sandwich’s many flavors don’t compete with one another.
You’ll then want to group ingredients of similar size, thickness, and texture together. Keep your meats together at the bottom of your sandwich with other dense ingredients such as eggs and cheese. Towards the top, smaller and crunchier ingredients including vegetables will fare better. The exception is lettuce, which will work anywhere in your sandwich. In fact, placing a lettuce layer between every couple of ingredients is a surefire way to keep everything from slipping around and sliding out of your bread slices.
What tips do you have for how to build the perfect sandwich? What’s your favorite kind of sandwich? Share your thoughts in the comments!