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What do you usually eat with your sandwich? Do you enjoy some chips, potato salad or maybe baked beans? If you’re tired of the same old, same old, consider these sandwich sides the next time you make a sandwich. Since tomorrow May 5th is National Hoagie Day, it is probably a good time to think about what you are eating with your sandwich…
Pair According to Flavors
Many people don’t think much about what they pair with a sandwich. They may grab the closest thing at hand. However, you may want to try something different with your next sandwich. Consider the flavor of your sandwich and what would compliment it. You may also want to think about the things that would contrast with the sandwiches texture.
- Is your sandwich from a specific ethnic area? Your best bet would be to have a side that is traditionally the same. You’ll want the flavors to match, not contrast to the point you don’t enjoy either.
- Match the subtlety of the sandwich. If it has a delicate taste, you’ll want to add a side that is not too bold or spicy.
- If your sandwich has big flavors, you’ll want to have a side that is equally bold and hearty.
Consider what you would offer as a side if you were to make a falafel pita sandwich which is Israeli or Middle Eastern. You wouldn’t want to serve French fries with this sandwich. Instead, find a recipe for couscous or Tabbouleh.
Chicken salad sandwiches are much more delicate in nature. A green salad or coleslaw made with vinegar would be a perfect accompaniment.
Branch Out on Your Fries
If you must have French fries with your sandwich, consider trying a different type of fries. Sweet potato fries are an entirely different taste than white potatoes. You may also want to try different ways to prepare the fries. Bake them with roasted garlic; baking also is less fattening than fried. You may also want to give chickpea fries a try.
Make It Crunch
What do you do if you don’t like coleslaw but want to serve something crunchy and fresh with your sandwich? Try broccoli salad instead. This is an easy salad to make either with store-bought broccoli slaw or by grating your own. Oriental cabbage salad is another option if you don’t like traditional mayonnaise-type coleslaw.
Blue corn chips can be served with hummus rather than potato chips and dip. You could also try offering a variety of different dips or salsas so you and your family can choose what appeals to you.
There’s no reason to settle for the same sides you’re used to having when you prepare sandwiches for a meal. Consider recipes for new sides your family has never tried before. Think about the taste and texture of the sandwich. Match bold flavors with bold and delicate textures with delicate tastes. Then when you are searching for sandwich sides you’ll have other sides from which to choose.
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