Most of us have very strong opinions about what constitutes the perfect sandwich.
It is so personal, isn't it?
What is your perfect sandwich? I would love to know.
Here is my mine...which might not be for everyone... but for me,
I think I could eat one everyday.
It's is embarrassingly easy.
It starts with good bread.
Split the baguette with a serrated knife leaving one side intact (this makes for easier handling when its full of goodies) and toast in the oven till warm and just barely browned. Not too toasty or it will scrape the roof of your mouth.
Spread a thin layer of mayo (or vegenaise or olive oil) and a generous slathering
of stone ground mustard on each side.
Add a drizzle of olive oil to the arugula.
Add some fresh basil.
Gently tear the leaves or cut them into ribbons by stacking up 5 leaves or so,
rolling them up and then slicing them into thin "ribbons".
Add some sliced ripe tomatoes. This is a heirloom varietal from our garden.
The better the tomato, the better the sandwich.
Add a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Don't forget this.
Add another little drizzle of a good quality olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.
To me, a good sandwich is a little drippy and messy.
Dry is bad.
Sometimes I add avocado slices or if its late morning, poached eggs.
You could add roasted peppers, olives or cheese.
Brian likes his with avocado and goat cheese. He burns a million more calories than me, so I load his up.
But I like it just like this. Very simple, tasty and vegan.
And if you are entertaining and want to make them cute....you could do this. :)
Wrap them up in parchment and serve on your favorite platter or wood block.