I’ve been in sandwich mode again. How could I have forgotten what a lovely lunch it is: curried chicken or ripe tomatoes and basil, crumbled feta or camembert, peppery arugula, spicy mustard, caramelized onions or chopped olives… All stuffed between two warm, toasted slices of bread.
Sandwiches are like edible hugs. Right arm, left arm; top bread, bottom. Only good things in the middle.
Caramelized Onion and Tomato Sandwich
Thinly slice 1 yellow onion into rings and do a quick caramelize: heat 1 tsp oil in a skillet, add onion and 1 tsp brown sugar plus a pinch of salt. Sauté on medium heat until onion is deep brown and looks melted. In the meantime, toast 1 cinnamon bagel (preferably one you’ve gotten for free from a tray of dumpster-dived baked goods after the bartender has spilled an entire beer on you and given you complimentary tequila shots. But a regular cinnamon bagel could be good too…) and prepare the rest of the ingredients: 3 sliced cherry tomatoes, a handful of fresh arugula (washed, bottom of the stem removed), and a few slices of feta. When the onions are done: assemble.
Curried Chicken and Raisins on Ciabatta
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet. Add about ¼ cup thinly sliced chicken breast, 1 tsp curry powder, and a healthy pinch of the following spices: turmeric, berbere, cumin. Add a handful of golden raisins to the skillet. When the chicken is cooked through, add ¼ cup tomato sauce (or crushed tomatoes, pureed tomatoes, etc.) and simmer on low for five minutes. In the meantime, coarsely chop ½ red pepper and 1 tomato. Add juice of 1 lime, salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Prepare other ingredients: a few rings of thinly sliced red onion, 4 leaves of lettuce. Toast a split ciabatta roll. Assemble.
Egg, Cheese, and Pesto Sandwich
Melt 1 tbsp butter in a skillet. Crack 1 egg into the skillet – cook it over-easy so that the yolk is still deliciously runny. Prepare other ingredients: sliced white cheese (I used Allgäuer Bergkäse, similar to an Emmenthaler), chopped parsley, pre-made pesto. Toast 2 slices of bread (this one is carrot-studded). Assemble.