Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Top 10 All Time Sandwiches

10. Turkey Club
Turkey, American Cheese, Mayo, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato; double Decker, cut in quarters on white toast

This sandwich is a diner classic. Also, how often do you find a sandwich that is quartered? There are many other club sandwiches, but this is the original.9. Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
Chicken Cutlet with tomato sauce and Melted Mozzarella on Garlic Bread

This is the only chicken cutlet sandwich on the list. It is a classic that does not require obscure ingredients.
8. The BLT
Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Mayonnaise on toasted white bread

I like this better than the club sandwich. It is made with fewer ingredients and a lack of turkey prevents dryness.

7. The Lobster Roll
Lobster meat mixed with mayonnaise on a butter toasted New England style hot dog bun, cellery is often added to the mayonnaise.
6. Bagel with Cream Cheese

Be it the bagel with cream cheese and lox
Or the Bagel with Cream Cheese and Bacon (AKA-The kill your mother sandwich, so named because it would break my mother's heart to see me eat it)These are both variations on a theme. Bagel, cream cheese and salty topping. Sliced onion, tomato, cucumber, salt and pepper are all optional.

5. The Reuben
Be it the standard: Corned Beef, Swiss, Russian Dressing and Sauerkraut grilled on Rye bread with butter
Or the Lady (AKA the Rachel)
Turkey, Swiss Cheese, Russian dressing and Cole Slaw grilled on Rye Bread with butter

The Reuben is a Perfect combination of salty with sour. This sandwich has always been something of a conundrum for me, the sandwich most associated with Jewish delis is not available at any of them what with the combination of meat and cheese.

4. The Grilled Cheese
American Cheese placed between two slices of bread that is buttered on the outside, place sandwich in frying pan, bacon and tomato are optional

American cheese really makes this sandwich achieve its full potential. Also, it requires on three ingredients and a frying pan.
3. The Cheeseburger
1/4lb hamburger patty, two slices of American Cheese, Mayonnaise and Pepper on a toasted bun. Lettuce, tomato, bacon, fried onions, onion rings, fried mushrooms, BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, Old Bay Seasoning, Peanut Butter, Jalapenos and any other toppings are optional

I saw this episode of Good Eats on the Food Network about the hamburger. Alton suggested using mayonnaise and pepper instead of pepper. I am hooked. Someone very close to me questions how something so perfectly delicious isn't Kosher. His thinking is "if Jews are the chosen people, shouldn't they be able to eat this?"
2. Peanut Butter and Jelly
Creamy Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly on white bread, toasting is optional

When you have no meat, no cheese, no knives, no frying pan...you always have a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly. It is the old stand by. But don't sell PB&J short. It is delicious, refreshing, not too high in calories and inexpensive.
1. The Cheesesteak
Sliced Steak, grilled with onions, once steak is cooked through, place slices of Provolone cheese on top of the meat and onions, place long roll on top of cheese and meat, ketchup and mushrooms are optional

Don't give me your whiz. Provolone is the way to go. Also, I am a fan of places that put the ketchup on the bread before they put the meat and cheese on there. This sandwich is delicious anywhere; it's sort of hard to make a bad one. That said, the best ones I have had are from Philadelphia. I have never had bread like Philly's anywhere else. Also, where can you find a better fattening sandwich than in Philly?
Also receiving consideration:
The Texas Turbo (AKA The Taxi/Truck Driver) - Roast Beef, Cheddar, bacon, bbq sauce on garlic bread (I like to add horseradish sauce)
The Thanksgiving Sandwich (The Gobbler, The Bobby) - Roast Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy
The Chicken Twister - Chicken Cutlet, Lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing, American cheese, avocado in a wrap (the only wrap I would even consider)
The Fillet of Fish - A fried fish fillet with American cheese, tarter sauce and lettuce on a club roll
Pastrami and Chopped Liver - Pastrami and Chopped liver on rye bread with spicy mustard
The Italian Sub - Salami, Capicola, Ham, Provolone Cheese, Lettuce Tomato, Vinegar and Oil on a Hoagie Roll
The Tuna Salad Sandwich - Tuna salad on rye bread with lettuce
The Tuna Melt - Tuna salad on rye bread with cheese, grilled
The Patty Melt - Hamburger on rye bread with Swiss cheese and sauteed onions
The Monte Cristo - Ham, Turkey and Swiss cheese between two pieces of Challah French toast, syrup on the side for dipping


  1. I find it ironic that one of the sammies is called the "kill your mother," when, in reality, all but two of them would likely kill your mother.

  2. PB&J gets way too much love here - but now that I've stopped keeping kosher-syle I'll have to try out some of these tasty treats. You should also check out a site called unbreaded.com - I think you'll like it

  3. I think the Wiz is the way to go on a Cheesesteak... Oh! and Fried onions...
    They're Awful in DC.

  4. IMHO, the Fried Shimp or Fried Oyster Po' Boy, dressed, should have made this list. The key is the bread, light fluffy french bread. Makes me want to make a trip to New Orleans right now!! Thanks for putting all these sandwiches together.