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How to Make the Perfect Sandwich

If your growling stomach sounds like a caged animal, you can satiate that ravenous beast without having to scrub a bunch of pots and pans afterwards.


  • Step 1: Slice bun Slice the bun lengthwise. Dig a trench through the center of both halves with your fingers.
  • Step 2: Pile on meats and cheeses Fill the trenches with your choice of fresh meats and cheeses to form a protective moisture barrier to the bread.
  • Step 3: Add cucumber and tomato Add the cucumber and tomato slices to balance the salty bite of the meat and cheese.
  • TIP: Pack your ingredients separately and construct your sandwich on site if you take your lunch to work or school. This preserves freshness and protects against soggy bread.
  • Step 4: Drizzle mayo or dressing Drizzle on the mayo or dressing of your choice. Be gentle – you don't want to turn your sandwich into an oily mess.
  • TIP: Flavor the mayo with fresh herbs, such as basil or oregano, or use salsa or guacamole for a change of pace.
  • Step 5: Top with lettuce or sprouts Top your sandwich with romaine lettuce and sprouts for a refreshing crunch.
  • Step 6: Add bacon and olive Add crumbled bacon for extra flavor. Spear the olive with the toothpick and stick it through your sandwich to hold it together.
  • Step 7: Let sandwich rest Let the sandwich rest for 10 minutes at room temperature to let the flavors meld together. Unless you can't wait – then dig in!
  • FACT: New York's famous Carnegie Deli opened in 1938.

You Will Need

  • A crusty hoagie bun
  • Sliced cheeses
  • Sliced cold cuts
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Mayonnaise or sandwich dressing
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Sprouts
  • Bacon
  • An olive
  • A frilly toothpick
  • Fresh herbs (optional)
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Guacamole (optional)

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