Returning to a school or work routine is bittersweet. Schedules and agendas dont have to be boring, though, when your lunch routine is anything but. Run-of-the-mill PB&J and turkey and cheese standbys are making way for a new hero: gourmet sandwich creations that inspire envy.
Ingredients, such as savory green olives, peppery salami and smoky roasted tomatoes can be lunch staples with these delicious recipes. Skip those weekday blues and mix up your lunch with a layer of excitement.
1/2 cup Hidden Valley Smoked Bacon Ranch Sandwich Spread & Dip, divided
2 cups chopped lettuce, 1/2 -inch pieces
1 cup seeded and chopped tomato
1 cup chopped, sliced turkey (about 6 ounces)
6 hot dog buns
Crumbled crisp-cooked bacon, optional
In medium mixing bowl, gently stir together sandwich spread, chopped lettuce, tomato and turkey. Fill hot dog buns with mixture. If desired, garnish with bacon. Makes 6 servings.
Louisiana-style Muffaletta Sandwiches
16-ounce loaf sweet Italian or French bread, cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup Hidden Valley Oven-Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sandwich Spread & Dip
3/4 pound assorted Italian deli meats, such as ham, salami and mortadella
1/4 pound sliced provolone cheese
1/2 cup sliced green olives
Lettuce, if desired
Open loaf of bread and spread sandwich spread on both sides of cut surfaces. Top one side with layers of meat, cheese, olives and lettuce and then close with other side. Slice into 2-inch wide segments for serving. Makes 10 servings.
Veggie Lovers Sandwich with Roasted Garlic
1 sourdough sandwich roll, toasted
2 tablespoons garlic parmesan sandwich spread and dip
8 slices of mixed grilled vegetables, such as eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, red onions and mushrooms
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish, optional
Spread both sides of sandwich roll with garlic sandwich spread. Top with layers of grilled vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese, if desired. Makes 2 servings.