So you’ve created your own sandwich masterpiece using your favorite fresh baked bread, topped it with your favorite ingredients. You’ve fashioned a balance of textures and flavors and are ready to dig in. But before you do, may we suggest finishing off your sandwich with a pan-fry? Whether your sandwich was on toasted bread or not, finish it with a pan-fry and your taste buds will thank you later. Here’s why:
- These days, we eat with our eyes (or phones) first, and a pan-fried sandwich is a treat. Just imagine a golden, glistening pan-fried sandwich versus untoasted or dry bread.
- Pan-frying your sandwich adds crispy texture that your sandwich may need. If you have a good balance within your sandwich, it simply adds another element, but if you have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for example, you might need that crispy texture to balance it out.
- The bread is the first thing that hits your tongue, and pan-frying it ensures a delicious bite through and through.
- If you’ve piled your sandwich high with yummy ingredients, it can benefit from pressing weight on top as you pan-fry it. This will flatten your sandwich to a mouth-fitting height, allowing you to get every ingredient in every bite.
- The caramelized fat provides a subtle change of flavor that elevates any filling, sweet or savory.
Want to test it out? Here’s what you need to do:
- You will need a hot skillet, a little butter or oil, and a heavy pot or pan to weigh your sandwich down – no fancy sandwich press needed.
- Heat a pat of butter or a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over low to medium heat. Alternatively, you can spread the fat directly onto your bread slices before placing your sandwich on the hot pan. And if you feel so inclined, you can spread mayo instead of butter on the outside of the bread.
- Cook your sandwich for about two minutes on each side, or until golden brown or any cheesy filling begins to melt. Place your weighted plate, lid, or pan on top of the sandwich to ensure total contact between bottom bread and hot pan. Allow both sides to crisp completely and serve warm.
When it comes to sandwiches and preferences, we believe to each their own. But we do think this finishing touch trick is worth shot. If you try it out or have other tips to share, let us know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.
If you’d rather leave the sandwich-making to us, feel free to join us Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm (closed Sundays). We also offer catering services for your business meetings, parties, and special events. Call 909-596-5225 for more information.