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10 Great Sandwich Melts

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If the words "melt sandwich" only bring to mind turkey and tuna, then you're missing out on a whole world of meats, cheeses, and vegetable mash-ups.

Click here to see 10 Different Ways to Make a Melt

A melt can be more than just cheese and turkey, and here is an introduction, with a compilation of melts ranging from sweet to savory, all with gooey melted cheese in common. Let these recipes be your inspiration to any kind of melt you desire.

The key to making the perfect melt is twofold. First, you have to choose the right cheese. Selecting a cheese with superior "melt capacity" is crucial. Your best bets include: American, Cheddar, Gouda, provolone, Swiss, asiago, mozzarella, and Gruyère. Once you’ve decided what cheese you’re going to use to glue the sandwich together, all you have to do is melt your sandwich.

There's no need to run out and buy a panini press to cater to all of your melt sandwich needs, and we’ll show you why. There are several ways to ensure crisp, but not burnt, bread — with warm insides and a perfectly smooth melted cheese. The most common, and the easiest, way is using your broiler. Another method that won’t steer your wrong is using a pan and covering it with a lid to speed up the melting process. This method is great for simultaneously toasting the bread, or for melting cheese while the sandwich is assembled in the pan. And even better, if you have a grill pan handy, throw any of these sandwiches on there, weigh it down with another pan (or anything heavy, really), and give your bread a nice char and some grill marks on there.

So there you have it: perfect cheese and your melting technique, and you’re on your way to the perfect melt. Let these recipes serve as a guideline for how you’ll prepare the ultimate meltdown at home.

Happy melting!


15 of Our Favorite Sandwich Recipes to Save You From Your Sad Desk Lunch

Is lunchtime getting a little stale? Turn to these fresh and tasty sandwich recipes for a handheld meal that won't leave you bored&mdashor tempted to order takeout before noon on a Tuesday. Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, or like your Cuban sandwiches with two types of ham, we've included something for every type of sandwich eater that won't pull you away from your desk for long (sorry).

Whatever you do, don't forget to use good bread, add an element of acidity, and get creative with your toppings. Looking for a few other easy tips for building a better sandwich from scratch? Check out our guide to sandwich making here.


1. Best Egg Salad Recipe

Egg salad is such a classic, and though you might not want to bring it on a plane or train anytime soon, you can&rsquot deny that it&rsquos creamy and delicious.

One tip I love is to mash your cooked yolks with the chopped egg whites.

It&rsquos such a genius way to get that fantastic yolk flavor and silky smooth texture in every bite.


Focaccia Fun

For a sandwich with grownup appeal, assemble this vegetarian pleaser. Keep it easy to eat by cutting into small servings. Cut a large loaf of focaccia bread in half and layer on sliced Gouda cheese, alfalfa sprouts, and sautéed mushrooms and zucchini, and more cheese. If you prefer a gooey version, lightly toast the focaccia so that it oh-so-slightly melts the cheese.


10 Indian Sandwich Recipes and Fillings to Enjoy

Sandwiches are enjoyable because they can be filled with almost anything. Spice them up by trying some of the Indian sandwich recipes and fillings we have.

By Dhiren Manga

gooey cheese along with the subtle hints of spice is a delicious combination

If you want something that is a simple snack and has Desi spices, then an Indian sandwich is an option to go for.

The fillings are crammed with various Indian spices to create something typically seen in Indian cuisine. Putting them between slices of bread turn it into a delicious snack.

They provide a great alternative to the standard sandwich and highlight how versatile the food is. There are a plethora of food items which can go into a sandwich.

An Indian sandwich is similar because a lot of ingredients can taste great as a sandwich, but these burst with flavour in every mouthful.

Some fillings are even Indian dishes which have been altered to go between bread.


10 Tricks for the Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The grilled cheese plays varied roles in our lives–it may be the lunchtime diner order: two slices of white bread with gooey American cheese. It may be the late-night snack: leftover whole wheat with slices of Swiss eaten after a stressful day, à la The Devil Wears Prada. And, more and more often, it maybe be gourmet: great artisan bread, imported cheese, and fresh vegetables.

That’s the situation here. We matched slices of sourdough bread with Danish fontina cheese, which melts into an extraordinarily gooey filling. We’ve also stuffed summer heirloom tomatoes, spicy leaves of rocket, and rings of red onion in between the bread.

Delicious as they are, the ingredients aren’t everything in a grilled cheese. There’s technique too. You’ve got to get the bread crispy at the same rate as the cheese melts. You’ve got to use enough fat–butter or olive oil–in the pan so that the bread gets really golden. Below, we’re rounded up our tips for making great grilled cheese sandwiches. As if that weren’t enough, we asked our facebook fans for their tips on crafting the perfect grilled cheese. Read on to become a sandwich pro!


Pro tip: chilling these citrus-spiked chocolate cookies overnight gives them the perfect crisp-yet-chewy texture.

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Make sure to try different breads in your sandwiches. Everything from cracked wheat bread, flavored corn or flour tortillas, croissants, pita bread, ciabatta, and other artisan breads, and even cracker bread and Boboli pizza crusts can be used to make imaginative sandwiches.

Slice meats and cheeses thinly so they heat through in the time the bread browns and crisps. If you are going to include vegetables in your sandwich, think about grilling or sauteeing them before adding them to the sandwich that way they'll blend beautifully with the other ingredients. And remember, since these sandwiches are generally very simple, the quality of your ingredients must be top notch.


Classic Patty Melt

Step aside, cheeseburgers and grilled cheese. Meet the epic mashup of these two nostalgic diner meals: the patty melt.

Our classic sandwich includes flavor-packed ground beef, American and Swiss cheeses (for plenty of cheesy flavor and the perfect melty bite), and caramelized onions, between two slices of rye bread, that gets griddled in a hot pan. Our secret to the a beautiful golden brown crust is the mayo we spread on the outside of the bread before toasting. This ensures and even darker, more decadent outside to complement the gooey and sweet sandwich filling.

While some think that this easy meal is just a burger on rye bread, the real difference between a patty melt and a cheeseburger is the way the two get cooked. The key to a patty melt is the way its gets crisped in a pan (like a grilled cheese), to bring together all of the flavors into every epic bite.


Other Delicious Sandwiches:

Warm and juicy sandwiches that are made with crunchy and garlicky bread, with a delicious salmon filling and topped with slices of fresh tomatoes and avocados and covered with melted and gooey cheese.

  • Author: Olga’s Flavor Factory
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 – 12 sandwiches 1 x
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked salmon
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 – 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons capers, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (slightly less)
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley, chives
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • 1 – 2 tomatoes and/or avocados, sliced
  • 1 cup grated cheese, finely shredded (Mozzarella, Parmesan, Swiss, Provolone, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat the butter or oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, seasoning with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Sauté on medium heat until the onions and garlic are softened and cooked through, 5-7 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, use a fork to mash the cooked salmon until it’s flaky. (You can also used canned salmon or tuna, mash with a fork as well.) Add the cooked onions and garlic, the capers, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, lemon juice, fresh herbs, salt and ground black pepper. Mix until evenly combined.
  4. Place the sliced bread on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast the bread until it’s lightly golden. Take out of the oven and use the sliced garlic cloves to rub all over the surface of each of the slices of bread. The garlic will rub right into the toasted bread (the crisp bread will sort of be a grating surface for the garlic). This gives the sandwiches a pleasant and mild garlic flavor without being too overpowering.
  5. Top the toasted bread with the salmon filling, spreading it out evenly over the bread. Place a slice of tomato and/or avocado on top of the salmon filling and then top with grated cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven for another 7-10 minutes, until the sandwiches are warmed through and the cheese is melted.

Notes

Instead of cooking onions and garlic, you can omit them and use sliced green onions instead. This will make the filling even easier to prepare.

Keywords: salmon melts, salmon sandwiches, tuna melts, hot salmon sandwiches

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This is an updated version of the Salmon Melts recipe that was originally published on May 29, 2013. I have updated the photographs and clarified the instructions to make it even more user friendly and enjoyable.



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