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Quirky Sandwich Concoctions

I want to know other people's outlandish sandwich fillings! For one, my Bigmomma ( or Grandma :D) eats banana and mayo sandwiches. She even, and I quote, says she like to leave them out for a couple of hours to get soft and sort of meld together. Blehh.. Another, but probably not as weird, is my Mom's love for home grown tomato and mayo sandwiches. Aside from cutting off the bread crust to toast and dip later, I don't have any quirky SANDWICH combinations. My corn-topped animal cracker habits though, are a whole 'nother post :P

Anywho, give some of the weirdest sandwiches you enjoy!

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  1. Rarely, but it happens, I like to eat a fluffy white bread sandwich with a light spreading of mayo and nothing else. Also, as a kid, I used to make literal ice cream sandwiches with same fluffy white bread and softened chocolate ice cream. In addition, fluffy white bread again slathered with potato salad and nothing else.

    Now that I think about it, all my childhood sandwich creations are like diabetes on a plate, really...

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    1. re: inaplasticcup

      White bread? Maybe that's how I got "the shuga". ;-)

      1. re: lynnlato

        LOL. THat makes it sound so nice. :/

    2. I don't know if it's quirky but I've made sandwiches of jarred roasted red peppers with mayo and salt and pepper on squishy Italian bread. Yellow peppers are good too.

      1. tomato sandwich isnt so weird...

        nice fresh tomatoes...
        Dukes mayo..
        fresh bread...

        i know lots of people that would eat that...
        me included

        its pretty common in the south

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        1. re: srsone

          We've always called those 'sink sandwiches'.

          And since I moved to Georgia and discovered Duke's, my sink sandwiches are so much better!

          On the other hand, I absolutely could not get used to the banana and mayo sandwich on mushy wheat bread that my former boss here in West Georgia used to make me for a morning snack. He was so happy to give it to me, I had to eat the darn thing - and grin and bear it. Apparently it's a regional thing. Bleah.

          1. re: srsone

            I said it probably wasn't as odd but I still wondered if any other families besides mine ate them :)

            1. re: Laurenjo28

              almost 3 million hits when u google tomato sandwich.....
              i think your safe in your non-weirdness...

              now the banana-mayo thing.....

              1. re: Laurenjo28

                I grew up eating tomato and onion sandwiches. Soft white bread, mayo, tomato, and sweet onion, please. It's not quite summer without them. Never occurred for me to do a tomato sandwich on its own.

            2. Weirdest sando I know of: my grandmother used to eat orange and onion sandwiches. I have never been moved to try one, but if you are, be sure slice both ingredients thinly :-).

              1. Anchovy, roasted red pepper, paperthin red onion on toasted marble rye with mayo and fresh milled pepper.

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                1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                  That sounds delicious! I'll definately give it a try.

                2. Peanut butter, mayo and bread and butter pickles. In a pinch, my husband will eat them with pickle relish instead.

                  1. Last time my wife went out of town, I bought a tube of liverwurst and made liverwurst, tomato, onion, and horseradish mustard sandwiches on pan-grilled marble rye.

                    Now that I've discovered Duke's Mayo, I too appreciate the simplicity of a tomato and mayo sandwich. Growing up with low-fat Miracle Whip just wasn't the same!

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                    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                      Miracle Whip. :|

                      That liverwurst concoction, however, sounds yucky delicious.

                      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                        Today i made a liverwurst, jalapenos, basil and chili garlic sauce sandwich on russian rye toast. Not that weird, actually - kinda like a banh mi on rye.

                        and it was scrumptious.

                      2. I knew someone who made green onion/scallion sandwiches that had 5-6 ingredients.

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                        1. re: arktos

                          I love an onion and mustard, salt & pepper on buttered white homemade bread, IT"S DELICIOUS!!

                        2. Egg salad.

                          What's so quirky about an egg salad sandwich, you say?

                          Well, I'd say it qualifies as quirky when the egg salad is made with a combination of regular chicken eggs and Chinese Thousand Year Old Eggs (or 皮蛋).

                          Cheers!

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                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Now there's a good use for the salted duck eggs I have in the fridge!

                            1. re: tracylee

                              Well, you do know there's a difference between salted duck eggs and Thousand Year Old Eggs, right? Of course you did. You just wanted to mention another iteration of Egg Salad!

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Oh yes, I researched the eggs throughtly (after purchasing them, of course) for ideas, and hadn't actually thought they were the same thing, but both are interesting items.

                                Yes, I sometimes post just what comes to mind, without clarification for those who don't follow my ping-pong ball thought process, LOL.

                                1. re: tracylee

                                  Whew!

                                  Wouldn't want you to make up a batch of egg salad with salted duck eggs and realize you've made a "salt lick sandwich" and then come hunt me down ... LOL.

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    Hahaha, heaven's no! My tolerance for salt keeps varying. I've been using the eggs in brown rice bowls and they add just the right amount of salt. And I do add some salt to my regular egg salad for sandwiches. I'll just have to try it!

                          2. Peanut butter and tabasco.
                            Slices of tinned, pickled beetroot on white bread with lots of butter.
                            Marmite and potato chip sandwich. Not really quirky if you are a New Zealander - this is a classic from childhood.

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                            1. re: Billy33

                              Mine's almost like peanut butter and tabasco -- tahini and chili garlic paste with cucumbers on whole wheat.

                              Potato chips should be a standard sandwich topping option. Potato chips and tuna salad on toast.

                              1. re: ninrn

                                I made a sandwich last week with peanut butter (chunky) and pimento cheese and grilled it. It works pretty well.

                                I think I am going to push it to the limit and throw a runny egg in there, i mean...a runny egg makes everything even better right?

                                1. re: jester99

                                  Yes, I think at least 20% of all life's problems can be solved with a runny egg.

                                  1. re: ninrn

                                    Agreed... and peanut butter. But I'm not sure about them together. Hmm...

                              2. re: Billy33

                                Peanut butter on toast with chili garlic sauce and jack cheese.

                                1. re: JEN10

                                  Peanut butter on toast with honey, cayenne, and salt.

                                  1. re: babette feasts

                                    I will be giving this a try, sound scrumptious.

                              3. I sometimes go to the fish and chip shop and buy a portion of battered plaice - they always ask 'no chips? No? Not even just a few?.
                                I take the fish home and put it in a big soft white bun with mayo and chopped pickles, add a squeeze of lemon juice and YUM! The combination of soft moist bread, crunchy batter and steaming fish is divine.
                                And so much healther than fish and chips of course!

                                1. sliced boiled egg with ketchup between slices of lightly toasted white bread.

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                                  1. re: deepsreddy

                                    Oh my, yes, but mine goes like this: Sliced hard-boiled egg (still warm) and slices of tomato with a piece of cheese and on toasted bread slathered with mayo.

                                    1. re: BabsW

                                      One one my fav banh mi's is warm sliced hard boiled eggs, mayo, the pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro and jalapeno slices. My husband and I took a bite looked at each other and agreed - it was like an egg salad sandwich - but better!

                                        1. re: BabsW

                                          Thanx - it is : )

                                          But the place is kind of far from our house, so if we go, we get their special - 3 banh mi and a baguette is added in for free (their bread is divine.) We save two sandwiches for dinner, and then split - and fight each other for the last bite of the warm egg banh mi.

                                          Luckily there is a vendor nearby who does filled pancakes so we now know, we get coconut or custard filled petite pancakes if one got perhaps more of the eggy delight than the other.

                                        2. re: happybaker

                                          Wow, that does sound good. I'm putting that on my must try list.

                                      1. re: deepsreddy

                                        I hate to be a hater, but eggs and ketchup is just wrong! ;-)

                                        1. re: lynnlato

                                          I think in this thread, we are WAY beyond the point of having boundries.

                                          1. re: lynnlato

                                            oh lynnlato..you must try it atleast once :) and i haven't even mentioned dal/lentil sandwich yet!

                                        2. Indians out there might appreciate this one -- my aunt eats sandwiches made of pickle and mixture. That's to say, spicy Indian chili-vinegar-lime pickles on white bread with a kind of Indian Chex mix made of rice krispies, peanuts, weird curried chickpea flour dough bits and other assorted items all deep-fried and tossed with spices.

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                                          1. re: ninrn

                                            Is that the typical name for it, "mixture"? I'm not Indian so I didn't grow up eating it or anything, but whenever I get my hands on some, it's addictive!

                                            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                              Yep. Mixture. Not a very creative name, but that's what it's generally called. I can't stand it myself (the worst is when they put dried bananas and raisins in, too), but I always take non-Indian people's liking it as a good sign of a very weird and adventurous palate.

                                              PS: If you like mixture, you'll probably love Murukku, a sort of bumpy, spiral-shaped, crunchy, fried snack made of rice flour, black gram flour and spices. People often have it with drinks in India and pieces of broken murukku are sometimes part of the mixture mixture.

                                              1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                It sounds like the Hara Chiwda (sp?) I picked up at my local Indopak shop. Spicy, crunchy, a bit sweet from the sultanas, and addictive!

                                            2. My quirky sandwich is something I saw my mother eating when I was a child. Peanut butter with bacon on whole wheat bread. (not the really good whole wheat bread, the commercial wonderbread like version of whole wheat) I know it is a heart attack on a plate, I rarely eat it because of how unhealthy it is, but it sure is yummy, and is especially great if I am really PMS-ing.

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                                              1. re: PuniceaRana

                                                Oh but the whole wheat makes it healthy!

                                                1. re: PuniceaRana

                                                  My mom used to do peanut butter, jelly and bacon on toast. I like peanut butter and bacon on an english muffin.

                                                  1. re: sherriberry

                                                    Now I have a reason to try this new english muffin recipe :P
                                                    In all honesty though, as "trendy" as bacon seems to be in the food world, I doubt many people would turn their noses up to a peanut butter-bacon-jelly sandwich.

                                                2. Grandfather ate peanut butter and onion sandwiches. Mom ate butter and black pepper sandwiches.

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                                                  1. re: basketwoman

                                                    Your mom is not so far from my favorite thing - to take a slice of fresh bread, butter it, and then salt and pepper it.

                                                    Perhaps she was simply ahead of her time : )

                                                  2. My brother used to take a packaged hamburger bun (specifically, a D'Italiano one), spread on some Nutella, top with a Kraft single, and microwave it. The smell was so bad that I would cry and beg him not to do it, but he would anyways and I would wait outside until the smell cleared. This is one of my most distinct childhood memories, yet the rest of my family denies it happened. IT DID. MANY TIMES.

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                                                    1. re: Jetgirly

                                                      This made me laugh out loud - I wish you had video. Haaa!!!

                                                      Oh, and nutella and a Kraft single on a hamburger bun sounds just plain nasty. LOL

                                                    2. Oh! From what I can tell, no one has posted the midwestern special! (Not it's official name but as I describe it, it will fit.)

                                                      Take a slice of good quality white bread (pepperidge farm is great). Butter it thickly with COLD butter. Then sprinkle generously with white sugar and eat. (There should be enough sugar, it should almost crunch.)

                                                      This was my mom's favorite afterschool snack as a child and I mocked... But then I tried it. Surprisingly good!

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                                                      1. re: happybaker

                                                        Bread, butter and sugar was one of my favorite treats when I was very young. We used to eat it at breakfast.

                                                        My own quirky concoctions mostly came in college when I had to be creative on a very limited budget. At the very depths of private university-sponsored privation, I subsisted on week-long stretches of onion sandwiches: an onion thinly sliced and caramelized in some butter and eaten on toast with pepper and a thin glaze of mayonnaise. When I was high on the hog, however, I'd use my good fortune to make a sandwich I invented as a kid: kheema matar grilled cheese. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it, preferably dipped in spicy ketchup.

                                                      2. I found out a couple months ago that peanut butter on toasted sourdough is heavenly and earthy all at the same time.
                                                        I keep my eye out for good sourdough now, just so I can have that for breakfast.

                                                        1. Not really odd, but when I used to eat turkey or ham sandwiches, I liked one piece of bread spread with dijon mustard and one with apricot jam.

                                                          1. Not sure where my mom got this, but we used to eat stuffed green olives, sliced, on SOFT bread spread with mayo, sometimes with a thin slice of cheddar. Yummy, and the low cost made it a staple while I was at college.

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                                                            1. re: Michelly

                                                              Never tried the cheddar, but I love mayo and sliced stuffed green olives on toast!

                                                              1. re: lunaburning

                                                                my friend's mom would make cream cheese with chopped up stuffed green olives as a sandwich spread. yum.

                                                              2. re: Michelly

                                                                Michelly - wow, that sounds like deconstructed pimento cheese! What could be bad?

                                                              3. Crunchy peanut butter and hot Indian lime or mango pickle on toasted sourdough. Best with an organic peanut butter that contains nothing but peanuts. The pickle is plenty salty. A breakfast that will wake you up.

                                                                1. My best friend loves grilled hot dogs with peanut butter and pico de gallo. I've tried it, but frankly, I just don't get the appeal.

                                                                  1. I'm REALLY into peanut butter, jelly, bacon sammiches. My dad grew up going fishing and taking a lunch and his friends and brothers would always steal his sandwich so he started making onion sandwiches, suddenly no one wanted anything to do with his lunches. He likes to take a nice sweet red onion, cut it about an inch thick, lather up some bread with a good mayo and have it just like that, onion, mayo, bread.

                                                                    1. When I was little and growing up in St. Louis, my dad used to make a white bread sandwich of cottage cheese and sugar. I didn't realize then exactly how weird that was.

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                                                                      1. Started to make a salami and cheese on wheat bread sandwich and discovered we were out of mayo, so on to Plan B: clean out the fridge. Ended up adding lettuce, mustard, ranch dressing and slices of a humongous garden radish to the S and C. My wife was cringing, but it wasn't bad at all.