Even a plain-old BLT or tuna fish sandwich can be jazzed up to the point where they become something special. Something transcendent. But you have to be careful. You can't overdo it. You have to be subtle. And if you can't be subtle, then you have to do something unexpected. Yeah. I like that.
Earl's Chipotle-Cajun BLT Sandwich
- Fresh kaiser roll
- High-quality, double-smoked, thick-cut bacon
- Pickled green tomatoes
- Iceburg lettuce
- Chipotle cheddar cheese
- Cajun-style remoulade
The one thing you really can't skimp on here is the bacon. Sure, all bacon is good. But when you get your hands on some really good thick-cut bacon, you'll never want to go back to Oscar Meyer. The pickled green tomatoes may seem like an odd choice, but the sour bite of these bad boys compliments the smoky bacon and chipotle cheddar perfectly. Then I topped it off with a store-bought cajun-style remoulade instead of regular mayonnaise. Perfection.
Earl's Tangy Tuna Fish Sandwich
- Two slices toasted sourdough sandwich bread
- 1 large can of chunk-light tuna
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 heaping tablespoons mayo
- 1 dill pickle, diced
- 2 pickled red chilis, diced
- A pinch of white pepper
For the tuna itself, you can use fancy albacore. I guess. But I always thought the cheaper stuff just tasted better, so call me bourgeois. Regular Hellman's mayo works just fine, but ever since I was a little kid I've added a little bit of vinegar to my tuna salad. I've got a bit of a sour tooth, if you haven't noticed. Then I add a diced dill pickle and some diced up pickled red chilis that we have in the fridge. You can use pickled jalepenos or really any other pickled peppers you can find. Just something to give the tuna salad a little heat. Speaking of heat, that's why I use white pepper instead of black pepper. I find it to be a little spicier.
There you have it. Two non-standard versions of two standard everyday sandwiches.
There really is no excuse for going half-ass on a sandwich. Unless, of course, you are making it for someone you hate.
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