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Ideas for soft pretzel sandwiches

Back in the day our neighborhood pool sold "ultimate pretzels". They were a sandwich made up of ham and cheese with some mustard in between a soft pretzel that had been split in half to act as the bread. In Philly, the pretzels are delicious and fresh, most are ladder shaped, or like a skinny 8. I was trying to come up with some ideas of how to re-create this treat for a fantasy football party I'm having soon. One of my first ideas was to substitute the ham for prosciutto and the regular old cheese for some sharp provolone with some spicy mustard. I was curious what other combinations people could come up with. Any thoughts?

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  1. How about smearing on a super spicy horseradish, layering it with thinly sliced roast beef, and maybe swiss, provolone, or havarti cheese? I like your proscuitto idea... proscuitto with some manchego cheese would be really yummy too...

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    1. re: wino22

      wino22, we created a flavorful meatloaf, baked it off and sliced it. Topped each sandwich with a slice of meatloaf and a slice of blue cheese and broiled 'em open face.

      1. re: HillJ

        Blue cheese... now we are speaking my language. I bought a hazelnut smoked blue cheese a few weeks ago and I am still dreaming about it!

    2. spicy mustard, swiss cheese and pastrami!

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        1. re: QueenB

          Cheese should go nowhere near pastrami.

          1. re: ESNY

            Unless it's in my house. Then it can go wherever it wants.

            1. re: QueenB

              hear hear! too funny. my husband would move into your house in a heartbeat.

              when I think pretzel. I think of honey mustard.

              1. re: QueenB

                Sorry, although I certainly agree that you should eat whatever you want, I agree with ESNY that combining cheese with Pastrami sounds... umn, yucky.

                1. re: Adrienne

                  Someday, make a reuben and use pastrami instead of corned beef.

                  Or don't...more for me!!! :-)

          2. Tonyjlive are you able to take a photo of these sandwiches? Please I am really wanting to try these.
            Are you making the pretzels/ and would you share your recipe please?
            We are also talking of a similar party, and I love this idea and see how it would appeal to the group of guests. I found a wonderful site that sells picks for sandwiches and other things and I see this as really good use for them.
            Please post a photo?

            1. Don't forget the vegetarians! I think one with roasted red peppers, provolone, grilled portabello, or eggplant with augula would be lovely. And the roast beef with horseradish another winner.
              I think of great imported German beers with these as well and some warm German potato salad.Thanks for starting this thread, great ideas!

              1. Black Forest ham and sharp cheddar cheese, freshly sliced red plump tomatoes and crisp lettuce, hot hearty mustard... serve w/ german fried potatoes.

                Crab Filling... like a Crab Po' Boy

                Turkey, Swiss, Honey Dijon

                Turkey, Roast Beef, Provolone, Tomato, Lettuce, Onion, Spiced Aioli

                Kielbasa or Andouille, Sliced Harboiled Egg or Cooked/Scrambled Egg, Cajun Seasoning, Mozzarella (you might even panini press this one)

                1. Roast beef with chive cream cheese and radish slices.

                  1. Cream cheese with chives, smoked salmon, capers, tomato, red onion and lemon slice....
                    Poppy seeds on the pretzels. little egg white sprinkle seeds, reheat.

                    One can go a little wild with these things!

                    1. Now those are some ideas we've compiled...I expect to have the party the 18th of August, I'll try to post a picture then and if I do some "practicing" I'll do it before then. In the mean time, the more ideas the merrier.

                      1. One more-avocado, tomato, lettuce, sliced red onions and honey mustard.

                        1. Smoked polish sausage with mustard and caramelized onions...I've made this before with pretzel bread and I'm drooling just thinking of it!