Top 5 sandwich fillings
Now that M&S have stopped putting mayonnaise on their sandwiches (really though, who’s stupid idea was this?!), I’m much more inclined to take my own packed lunch to work…I mean, you know, when I can get up early enough to make it. Here are my top five favourite sandwich fillings…
The lowly cheese and pickle with a bit of an upgrade, the ploughman’s is perfect for those days when you need a hit of cheese (that’ll be most days then). Use a mild cheddar, thickly sliced, lettuce and tomato and then spread on mayonnaise and add Branston Pickle as accompaniments.
2. Turkey, stuffing and cranberry
Everyone’s Christmas favourite. Last year I challenged myself to eat turkey every day in December – unfortunately I’ve already failed this year! The very best versions of these are enjoyed with leftover turkey in the days after Christmas. To add an extra dimension to this sandwich, pop in some streaky bacon. Substitute cranberry sauce for Branston’s Sweet Chilli Pickle for a twist on a leftovers classic.
3. Beef and onion chutney
Sliced beef with Branston’s Caremalised Onion Chutney – simple and delicious. If you want to add an edge to this sandwich filling, spread a bit of mustard on the top slice for a delightful kick.
4. Prawn mayonnaise
The best versions of a prawn mayonnaise sandwich use granary bread and king prawns. It may be surprising, but the best quality prawns are usually frozen, not fresh! They freeze them on the boat themselves to keep them, so ones in supermarkets are usually defrosted. A friend of mine always gets their seafood online for convenience, and they’re a bit of a foodie to say the least. If you are going to cheat and visit the supermarket to pick up a meal deal for lunch, you’ll find that prawn mayonnaise sandwiches are usually the most reasonably priced.
5. Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel
Fancy going a little more upmarket for lunch? Ok, so it’s not technically a sandwich but this is one of my favourite lunches. The best bagels are lightly toasted (leave on setting 2 on the toaster, if not lower) for a combination of crunchy bread, soft cream cheese and cold smoked salmon. Add rocket or spinach to get one of your five a day.
Don’t restrict yourself to lunch times – why not have a gourmet sandwich night at home? Add some Kettle chips and boozy lemonade (that’s lemonade with gin FYI) and you’ve got yourselves the perfect grown up picnic.
*Disclaimer: I was sent some products from Branston to review and use for this post.