Bring back the sandwich!

People ask me all the time how I manage to eat at home almost every night, especially with tax season and teaching. People tell me they don’t have time to make extravagant dinners during the week. You know what? I don’t either. I think there are a lot of people out there who believe that food must be time consuming and require a knife in order to be considered dinner.

I very much disagree. Dinner must be a comforting way to end the way, as far as I am concerned.  Sometimes that comfort comes from getting something on the table fast so that you can enjoy time with your family. A lot of times during the winter, my husband and I will have soup and sandwiches for dinner. It’s hearty, quick and with lots of variety (well at least for me).

I’ll make tortellini soup (see Recipe page), or if I don’t have tortellini, I’ll add small pasta instead. Usually sandwiches for dinner are grilled. Grilled cheese, sometimes with a bit of ham, is a huge favorite in my house.

I worked at a large chain restaurant when I was in high school so I am a big fan of “the melt”. A melt is very easy to make and is great for using up leftovers.  Take two pieces of bread and butter them like you are going to make grilled cheese. Place both pieces of bread, butter side down on a hot grill pan. Put a slice of cheese on top of each piece. Now to consider the filling. You can put pretty much anything you between these two pieces of bread. By toasting it, you’ll have a good foundation for your sandwich:

Add a burger and grilled onions for a patty melt (I love swiss for this)

Add sliced meatballs or sausage and use mozzarella cheese

Add ham, turkey, corned beef or pastrami and some 1000 island dressing for a Ruben. You can add sour kraut too.

Add leftover chicken, tomato and basil

Add bacon, lettuce and tomato

Add leftover beef roast, onions, peppers and mushrooms

The possibilities are endless. Just heat up your filling separately then add it to the bread once it is toasted.  This is a great way to use up leftovers and still get a hearty dinner on the table FAST! If you need to add some veggies, serve with carrot and celery sticks or a small salad.