You know when your brain is like "HEY LET'S TRY SOMETHING FUN" and it ends up being a ridiculously delicious sandwich full of everything you need to eat in your fridge? Yeah, me too! This here sandwich: exactly that situation.
I don't make sandwiches all that often. Most of my sandwich-making experience comes from many many summers at camp — we'd all go through the long sandwich-making-line during breakfast, shove our sandwiches into our backpacks, and head off to our activities (usually mountain biking for me). For years, I'd just make a PB&J. I wasn't a huge sandwich person, and it seemed easiest/best. It'd inevitably be squished into a totally flat pancake by the time lunch rolled around, but I'd still eat it. Then, as I moved into management, I got fancy. I knew my sandwiches could be more protected — not shoved to the bottom of my camelback — so I started hogging bacon from breakfast, finding creative veggies to put on, maybe even use French toast as bread ... am I admitting too much here? Maybe.
Back to this particular sandwich: I was tempted to throw the term "reuben" in here — helloooo sauerkraut! — but honestly am not sure what the definition of a reuben is. So. I skipped it. BUT THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD STUFF ON THIS SANDWICH! I had some leftover pesto, so clearly that went on one side. Then, I had sriracha-tahini mixed together, so that went on the other side. I had fresh cucumbers and carrots from my Mom's garden, plus fresh mozzarella, and crunchy sauerkraut! I recently made my sauerkraut with ginger and beets, in addition to cabbage, so that's what I actually put on here. I might post a recipe for that soon... but any sauerkraut will do! I also had a jalapeño on hand! YAAAH! I sliced that baby up and put it in for a little extra kick. You can, clearly, omit that if you want.
I made this one day between a long bike ride and a hike in the gorge — and then had to re-create it for multiple days afterwards. IT IS ADDICTING! There is so much going on! So many veggies! I'm obsessed! It feels a little bit silly to be like "here's a weirdo sandwich you should try!" but ... I'm doing it. Because it was amazing. HERE IS A WEIRDO SANDWICH YOU SHOULD TRY!
Are you guys sandwich people? I feel like maybe this is a rabbit-hole I should let myself tumble into... I don't have tons of experience though, so lemme know what your favorites are! I could use the help!
Have a wonderful Wednesday! xoxoPrint
- Lightly toast the bread (optional). Spread one piece with the pesto, and the other with the tahini mixed together with the sriracha.
- Layer the carrot, cucumber, cheese, jalapeño, and sauerkraut on one piece of bread, then top with the other.