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American-Deli Style Sandwich. Build Your Own.

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If you have guests for brunch, or if your family can’t decide what filling they want in their sandwiches, the solution is to let them choose their own fillings.

The Americans are more adventurous than we Brits at mixing their ingredients & flavours. They will often use up to 3 different types of meat in one sandwich, plus a load of other ingredients and a choice of sauces.

See this wide selection;

A Sandwich is more than two slices of bread.  https://b-c-ing-u.com/general/worldwide-sandwiches-rolls/

I’m sure they’re like snakes & their jaws aren’t joined at the back so they can open their mouths really wide! When I was in New York I was amazed at the size of their sandwiches.

I used panini which worked perfectly. But you could use cut French loaves or rolls – preferably soft ones, or even thick slices of fresh bread.

Let everyone help themselves to the fillings of their choice.

Have all the ingredients that need cooking, pre- cooked and kept in an oven at a low temperature.

deli Isabella HalloweenINGREDIENTS


Thinly sliced red onions

Thinly sliced mushrooms

Thinly slices red or green peppers

Small tomatoes (you can used large sliced tomatoes but the little ones work best)

Garlic cloves, unpeeled

A selection of;


Thin steak slices


Cooked pork



Turkey slices

Cooked aubergine slices

Cooked courgette slices

Any cheese, thickly sliced

Coleslaw, preferably home-made

Selection of condiments, eg French mustard, Chilli sauce, Tomato Sauce, Mayonnaise


Pour some oil in a baking tin.

Place the onions, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes & garlic cloves in the tin. Roast slowly for around 1/2 hour.

You can cook the sausages at the same time in a different dish, & the aubergines & courgettes, if using.

Dry fry the bacon until crisping up.

Fry the steak slices for a couple of seconds each side.

Arrange everything on the table & let everyone fill their rolls with whatever they like.

Place the filled rolls in a baking tray. Press down several times with a spatula.

Bake for around 15 minutes, until the tops are browning & the cheese is just beginning to melt.

I have a George Foreman grill, which is ideal for this. It takes just a couple of minutes.

Serve with potato crisps or a side salad.

For any silly readers, Caution! These sandwiches are HOT inside!

The variations for your sandwich are in the thousands.

Want to work it out? There are 16 ingredients, not counting the bread or the sauces. That’s 16 x 15 x 14 x 13 x 12 etc.

deli Isabella Halloween