In the simple is often the greatest success. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a round dish. And, in the end, the most important thing is that they are of high quality. There are not many examples, but you don’t have to think about it too much to find an option in front of the stove that is accessible to even the most clumsy, and that: like a big and small mixed sandwich.
There are many varieties, but in order for it to be considered a mixed sandwich, it must meet a number of conditions: sliced bread, butter, cooked ham and cheese to melt. From there, ingenuity reigns, both in accessories and in the form of preparation. In a pan, grill, sandwich maker… All are valid as long as the cheese is cooked.
It seems to have originated in 18th century England, but the original formula has changed over the years. So much so that in Barcelona it is now called “bikini”. But the essence endures and is celebrated every year on April 12, a date that is officially considered; World Mixed Sandwich Day!.
And since any excuse is good, there’s no better way to celebrate than by eating a good portion of this delicacy. It needs no garnish, although picky eaters can always accompany it with fries (or a salad if you’re looking to cut down on the calories). For those who get in the car, we leave a classic recipe and three other innovative recipes and just as well.
The resolution couldn’t be simplerSpread the cooked ham and cheese between the loaves (with or without the crust) in the butter and pan until the cheese (Gouda, Emmental and Gruyere are best) melts and the bread takes on that characteristic and appetizing hue. .
What if we replace the ham with another protein? It can be a good Iberian ham or a fine Italian mortadella, but there are other slightly more elaborate and very successful options. In this last group, a mixed “pulled pork” sandwich is prepared. Although it can be done at home, Not hard to find already made in butcher shops and supermarkets. To make a mixed sandwich, you just need to use it instead of ham (previously heated in a pan)… and that’s it.
What’s better than good cheese? three good cheeses. If we add other flavoring additives to gouda, emmental and gruyere (the one that will melt and with which the classic and appetizing threads of the cheese will be obtained), the result is unbeatable. There are many options and they depend on the taste of the consumer. you can choose a hard cheese, blue or a softer one like mozzarella… It might be a good idea to include some cherry tomatoes to tone down the flavor. And with a little oregano, our mixed sandwich might even remind you of pizza.
the gourmet version
There are many toppings that can be used in a mixed sandwich to take this particular sandwich to another level. Acorn-fed Iberian ham, smoked salmon, caviar… And our favorite, some pieces of black truffle, which perfectly combines and balances the flavors in their proper measure. Of course, you have to be very careful not to go too far.