While it may be true that many sandwiches need no recipes—hello, ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, tuna salad—there are some combinations of fillings and bread that are just so good, they’re worth paying attention to and following directions for. The sandwiches in this gallery all fall into that category. In fact, these recipes show just how diverse and delicious this humble food can be.
We’re starting with a recipe from Martha: Next time a sandwich craving hits, try her beloved Cabbage-and-Bacon Sandwiches, which are shown here. It’s our founder’s take on the classic BLT for those months when fresh, local tomatoes are not in season, and it’s absolutely genius. Our other recipes can be divided into a few groups: Some are picnic-ready, which means you can eat them with one hand while you play a game of checkers or page through a magazine on the porch. Egg salad with avocado, chicken salad with apricots and almonds, and a ham salad sandwich that will have you wondering where it’s been all your life are some options that fall into this group.
Other recipes are decidedly two-handed (and multi-napkin) affairs, such as a grilled snapper sandwich with loads of fresh vegetables that’s similar to a Vietnamese banh mi, yet also brand new; a piece of buttermilk fried chicken with unbelievably crisp skin served on a squishy bun with homemade tartar sauce, shredded lettuce, and dill pickles; or a cheesy, meaty Reuben on fresh rye bread.
And then there are regional specialties, such as Cuban sandwiches, New Orleans po’ boys, and New England lobster rolls. The classic BLT and club sandwiches are here, too, as are a number of others. No matter your mood, we’ve got a sandwich to suit it—and we’re certain every one of these would taste even better with a heaping pile of crispy, salty potato chips.