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Favorite cold weather sandwich?

What sandwich warms the soul when the weather turns a bit chilly?

A Hot Brown?

Open-faced turkey with gravy and dressing?

Patty melt?

Meatball sub?

Grilled cheese?

Something else?

Lets hear it.

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  1. Grilled cheese w/ tomato soup or bisque.

    Or do sausage and peppers on a roll count?

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    1. re: juliejulez

      Of course it counts. Why wouldn't it.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I dunno it's not very "sandwichy". But, I love it!

        1. re: juliejulez

          Another vote for sausages and peppers on a roll, although I associate s&p's with summer and Italian feasts. And, I would like some onions and mushrooms with mine too, please.

          Last night, after reading this thread, the grilled cheese gods beckoned me in to the kitchen. I ended up making a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich with fresh french fries and ketchup. It was a fabulous treat.

      2. Grilled cheese with turkey and pesto griddled in just too much butter.

        I now depart this thread to look up this mysterious hot brown.
        Edit - oh my gorsch. Now I needs bacon and mornay sauce.

          1. re: JonParker

            I've just started eating cubans, and omgosh so good! love. had a great one in Bear DE on the way to OC MD a couple fridays ago. almost worth the hour drive to get another! :-D

            1. re: jujuthomas

              I just discovered the Mexican version, cubano Mexicano. A local bakery serves theirs on bollilo bread with Swiss, ham, taco al pastor meat, birria stew, avocado, onions, lettuce, pickled jalapenos, mustard and crema. It's all held together with a layer of refried beans which acts as a kind of grout to hold the whole obscene mess together. The thing weighs about two pounds.

              1. re: monkeyrotica

                wow! sounds fabulous, messy... fabulously messy!

                1. re: jujuthomas

                  Actually, the refried beans holds everything in place. It's just a ridiculous amount of sandwich. Their torta ahogada is much messier. Reminds me of a french dip sandwich, except replace the jus with a rich chili sauce. A real knife-and-fork sandwich although, during Guadalajara soccer matches, they apparently eat these with their hands.


          2. Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes & basil on rye in my sandwich maker

              1. A hot torta de milanesa, especially during the fog at Torrey Pines last Saturday.

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                1. re: Veggo

                  Were you here?

                  Funny thing is that it wasn't even that cold at TP. It was supposedly the warm sir that was causing all that fog.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I wasn't there; I wouldn't visit SD without looking you up and taking you out for a Filet-o-Fish.

                2. I would definitely say a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. I've been having one almost every day for breakfast lately.

                  Though this is a bit of a cop out answer, since it's not just my favorite cold weather sandwich...it's pretty much my favorite life sandwich.

                  1. Spicy sausage and pepper sub. Cheese optional.

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                    1. re: boogiebaby

                      Cheese optional? My eyes had to lay on that sentence a while before I could fully understand it. I am still mystified. : )

                    2. Grilled cheese with nam prik pao

                      1. Sloppy Joe with a couple of hot yellow chile's on the side.

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                          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                            Oh def. sounds luscious. With way too much Sloppy Joe mix piled on, wayyyy tooo muuuchhhhh.

                          2. Pork roll and cheese (American) on a Hard Roll

                            Fried Mortadella on Toast

                            Veal Parm Sub

                            1. I guess I gravitate towards the comfort sandwich in cold weather - which, to me, is any hot sandwich in the classic form: meat or chicken, gravy and mash. Definitely homemade, which means I can sub in thin-sliced sourdough toast as the bottom plank.

                              1. Patty Melt made with a veggie burger, grilled onions on rye with lots of thousand island dressing..
                                Grilled cheese with tons of cheese oozing out.
                                BLT with turkey bacon and gobbs of mayo

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                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    The FoF is the Mothership of sandwiches!

                                1. Corned beef on rye with a side of matzoh ball soup.

                                  1. Torta ahogada. If that spicy chili sauce doesn't warm you up, nothing will.

                                    1. Grilled cheese, avocado & tomato
                                      Curry chicken salad
                                      Cucumber and hummus
                                      Tomato and a toasted Bialy
                                      Russian black bread with Greek cream cheese and lox

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                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        You use tomatoes on your sandwiches in winter?

                                        1. re: c oliver

                                          If I can get some hot house or grape 'maters, yes. otherwise, I'll use sun dried. Even the avocados can be iffy in NJ this time of year.

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            The winter 'mater crop is a pretty big deal here in Florida. FL supplies 70% of US tomatoes, although we are experiencing some friction with "dumping" of cheap Mexican tomatoes at the present time. Ironic, because Mexicans pick all of the US tomatoes.

                                            1. re: Veggo

                                              Is the product well marked so consumers know what they are buying?

                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                Produce of foreign origin is required to be labeled as such, but at my local and extraordinary latin-American roadside produce stand, I could care less. I am very much a sympathizer with those born on the S. side of the Rio Grande, as I think you know.

                                            2. re: HillJ

                                              I love sun dried tomatoes, packed in oil, on sandwiches.

                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                What kind of sandwiches do you make using them tc?

                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                  Years ago I had a terrific one from an upscale gourmet market that's been fairly easy to duplicate. Basically, on a crusty mayo-coated roll - thinly sliced smoked turkey, slices of medium-ripe room-temperature Brie cheese, oil-packed sundried tomatoes, & lettuce. Simple, but the flavors work very well together.

                                                  1. re: Bacardi1

                                                    Simple is usually the best anywho! Nice market sandwich. I love a nice crusty bread.

                                        2. Grilled cheese on white with gooey Velveeta.

                                          There, I said it.

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                                          1. re: latindancer

                                            The world loves a foodie heretic. OK not the world, but I love one.

                                              1. re: latindancer

                                                I make mine with crispy thin slices of Spam. There's something about the buttery toastiness of the Wonder Bread, the intense saltiness of the Spam, and the creaminess of the Velveeta. I think it's the way you can actually hear your arteries clogging.

                                              2. Not trying to discredit any of the grilled cheese responders but to me a grilled cheese is a year round comfort type food/sandwich. If we are talking a true cold weather sandwich to fuel the stove in the belly than for me it's a meatball sub hands down!! Plump juicy meatballs in a homemade gravy on a toasted sub roll with parmesan a piping hot mozzarella cheese melted on top! Oh yeah!

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                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                  Oh god yes. LOVE a meatball sub - I like to slather the bread with garlic butter and toast it first, then shove in the saucy meatballs, fill in the cracks with extra sauce and sometimes a little ricotta cheese, smother it in mozzarella and parmesan and stick it under the broiler until the cheese blisters. Nothing better. I remember as a kid we used to BEG my mother to make meatball sandwiches for dinner - it was one of the only things all three of us could agree upon!

                                                2. An ooey-gooey Chicken Parm, or Philly Cheesesteak w/ Provolone, Shrooms, and Sweet Cherry Peppers!

                                                  1. Italian beef is my favorite cold weather sandwich, just like it's my favorite hot weather sandwich. Thinly shaved beef round roasted with italian spices, piled on a Gonnela roll, dunked in the roasting juices and topped with spicy giardinera.

                                                    1. Grilled Cheese for me. Or any of my standard sandwiches (turkey/swiss, chicken salad) buttered up and grilled.

                                                      1. Monte Cristo

                                                        How can anything compete with hot ham and cheese stuffed between two pieces of french toast?

                                                        Hot pastrami on rye is a good second place.

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                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                          forgot to include the pic (why can't you add a pic under the edit function?)

                                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                            The Monte Cristo belongs in a category all it's own to compare it to regular sandwiches is just unfair.

                                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                                              As long as it is served with a sweet component, like jam, on the side! I run across Monte Cristos with no jam on the side, and I can't order it - I'd feel cheated without a smear of jam.

                                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                aww, come on jrvedivici, how is it that different than a panini? Or an open face turkey or roast beef sandwich? And that hot brown is a pretty complex thing too.

                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                  Easy it's the cininimin and brown sugar soaked French toast!! Dipped in a warm maple syrup! You don't get that on any other open faced sandwich! I love Reuben's served with Russian dressing but that too pales in comparison to a Monte Cristo!

                                                                  Someone help me with my diner menu items.....what is a "happy waitress" sandwich? Anyone remember? (Maybe it was just a specific diner sandwich?)

                                                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                    In a jersey diner, a happy waitress is a grilled cheese with bacon and tomato on white or rye. Yummy

                                                                    1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                      In another diner in Jersey a happy waitress is an open faced tuna melt.

                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                        I'm a fan of a Tuna Melt but I'm very partial to my tuna salad so I rarely order them out. I'm thinking this might be a different sandwich at each location I just remember in my youth discovering the joy of the Monte Cristo as well as a Happy Waitress (although I can't remember what the Happy Waitress is!)

                                                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                          I'm intriqued...'your' tuna salad..do tell. care to share the magic?

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            Tuna (white) mayo, onion, celery, sweet gerkin pickles (relish), green olives. Season to taste. The relish / green olive is a perfect balance of sweet and salty.

                                                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                              I remain confused :) To me, and only me, that screams summer time. What am I missing :)

                                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                                I think your reading a bit downstream from where the conversation started. You are correct my tuna recipe has nothing to do with the OP however it was a result of a tuna melt question which was in line with the OP! Lol

                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                  tuna melts are a warm open faced sandwich. I do them with swiss melted on top of each half and toasted until melty and warm in the toaster oven. a filling meal too, no soup with that one.

                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                    I was replying to jrv.... Nothing to do with tuna melts.

                                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                                      oops, I referred to the Happy Waitress part above which is a tuna melt and then jrv mentioned how he made his own tuna..lol...nevermind.

                                                                                  2. re: c oliver

                                                                                    warm sandwich, winter
                                                                                    cold sandwich, summer

                                                                                    is that what you're thinking c o ?

                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                      See above :) OP is specifically asking about winter-centric sandwiches. To me, yes, that probably and mostly means warm.

                                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                                        again, you're pretty funny c o.
                                                                                        I was following you all along.

                                                                                        a favorite cold weather sandwich doesn't have to be warm obviously just made from ingredients you can get your hands on. my small list had both. and if my sandwich is accompanied by a bowl of hot soup, chances are good I'm only having 1/2 a sandwich and it's probably a cold sandwich.

                                                                                  3. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                    jrv, do you use canned tuna in water or oil? love all the add-ins you use plus I use a good amt. of ground black pepper.

                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                      (I'll leave you to finish explaining this to c oliver!!)

                                                                                      I always use tuna in water. When ever giving recipes I always just say "season to taste" because that is where (in my opinion) people can make dishes their own. You like lot's of ground pepper....which is great, personally if I were making this as a cold weather comfort dish....I would add a generous amount of cayenne pepper into the mix (like the Franks Hot Sauce commercial "I put that sh*t on everything"). But I would never include that as part of a recipe.

                                                                                      I love spice!! If this was a summer tuna dish (I said "if" c oliver!!!) It would be a Ahi Tuna Steak wasabi crusted seared but rare...diced with red and green onion, 1/4'd cherry tomatoes, slight evo coating, cilantro, lemon juice and ginger!! That's a summer tuna salad right there...serve on endive slices.....oh yeah!!

                                                                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                        oh man that sounds lovely no matter what the season! and you def. had me at Ahi tuna steaks! Oh man....be gone winter!

                                                                  2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                    Make it with pork roll or Spam slices that you pan fry first.

                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                      spam. wow. why did i never think of that before?

                                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                        Try it - add a soft fried egg too.

                                                                  3. I'm another one who had to look up what a Hot Brown was. Looks tasty.

                                                                    I'm also another one who craves grilled cheese in the cold weather (white cheddar and mozzarella on cheesy white bread grilled in lots of butter).

                                                                    And another fan of the meatball sandwich, though I throw the roll with provolone in the toaster oven until gooey, and then add the meatballs.

                                                                    Last week it was brutally cold here and one day I woke up absolutely craving a local pub's cajun chicken sandwich. So much so that I announced at breakfast that's where we were going for lunch . . .it's very spicy with a nice Vermont cheddar on it.

                                                                    Just noticed a theme . . . when it's cold, I want gooey, melty cheese.

                                                                    1. Actually, pretty much ANY hot sandwich does it for me - even if it's not all that cold. Favorites?

                                                                      Hot open-faced turkey with melted Swiss cheese (or blue sometimes) & gravy, of course.

                                                                      Chicken Parm, Eggplant, Parm, Sausage & Peppers, Meatball subs - any & all.

                                                                      Sloppy Joes, burgers, crab cake, soft-shell crab, fried or grilled fish, pulled pork or chicken, on a roll with all the trimmings.

                                                                      A tuna or patty melt on quality toast.

                                                                      Grilled sliced chicken on a roll with shredded lettuce & mayo.

                                                                      Oh - & I had another one the other day that I really enjoyed, even though I really didn't expect to. One of may favorite subs is a cold Italian one - you know, Capicola ham, salami, provolone cheese, hot peppers, lettuce, oil & vinegar dressing, etc., etc. Well, the other night hubby was picking up sub sandwiches for dinner from one of our local spots, & I noticed from their online menu that they also offered this sub "hot". Just for the heck of it, I ordered it, & it was delicious. The melted provolone was great with ham & salami, & the cold lettuce & spicy peppers were a perfect foil. Will definitely order that one again.

                                                                      Oh goodness - & how could I ever leave off one of my all-time favorites - a classic Reuben!! Or a "Rachel", which is made with smoked turkey instead of corned beef, & cole slaw instead of sauerkraut.

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                                                                      1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                        I thought a Rachel was still corned beef (or pastrami) and cole slaw. No?

                                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                          Confusion is the name of the game as far as the "Rachel" sandwich is concerned.

                                                                          Some folks claim it has pastrami subbed for the corned beef.

                                                                          Some folks claim it still has corned beef, but has cole slaw instead of the sauerkraut.

                                                                          Some folks claim it has smoked turkey in place of the corned beef.

                                                                          Some folks claim it has both smoked turkey in place of the corned beef & cole slaw in place of the sauerkraut.

                                                                          Take your pick. Depending on what recipe you're looking at or what restaurant you're eating at, the "Rachel" could be any one of the above. ;)

                                                                          1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                            I think the confusions about "Rachel" was the inspiration for Hitchcock's "All About Eve".

                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                              Please elaborate. Hitchcock had no connection with the film "All About Eve".

                                                                              1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                My bad, and apologies to Joseph Mankiewicz.

                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                  Lol!!! Never tango with a hard-core classic-film fan. ;)

                                                                                  But I'm still confused about your reference. Were you really thinking about "All About Eve", or about Hitchcock's "Rebecca". I still can't figure out the reference. Maybe I'm having a brain-fart day.

                                                                      2. Favorite cold weather sandwich is either meatloaf or grilled cheese. Favorite sandwich ever is roast pork, broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone. I'm hungry :(

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                                                                        1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                          I did I forget meatloaf sandwiches! Love those.

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            I don't consider a meatloaf sandwich by any means a wintertime sandwich.

                                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                                              Meaning, you consider a meatloaf sandwich a year round sandwich ala great use for the leftovers?

                                                                              Cause we make meatloaf for the sole purpose of making sandwiches.

                                                                              do tell, c o

                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                Nope. Frequently make meatloaf (family recipe) just for sandwiches. And it's year round dish. Never just for any particular season.

                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                  Okay, then it appears we make meatloaf for the same purpose, a great sandwich but we part ways on the idea that the OP specifically asked about cold weather sandwiches.

                                                                                  I don't recall eating a warm meatloaf sandwich in the warm weather, probably sliced and ate it cold but I definately eat a meatloaf sandwich warm with homemade brown gravy in winter.

                                                                        2. Never thought about it....I suppose an Oyster Po-Boy. They are so delicious this time of year.

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                                                                          1. re: Uncle Bob

                                                                            I'm pretty sure they're delicious ANY time of year.

                                                                            1. re: Uncle Bob

                                                                              Oooh yes! Left my favorite Oyster Po' Boy off my list as well. Oh the humanity!! :)

                                                                              1. Grilled Ham & Cheese

                                                                                Garbage Grinder



                                                                                All good comfort foods for me.

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                                                                                1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                  what's a garbage grinder, boyz?

                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                    Here is a link to the recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/27798-gar...

                                                                                    We love these things! Lots of flavors.

                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                        We called them subs too, until they ended up hot with melted cheeses!

                                                                                        1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                          Fun, we just call that a hot sub. In most Italian restaurants, especially pizza joints the hot sub, cold sub menu is clearly marked with pride and the choices are endless. It was the word "garbage" that threw me!

                                                                                2. My favorite if I'm not cooking at home is a hot turkey sandwich with gravy and mashed potatoes on the side. I ask for the gravy that is usually served with the hot roast beef sandwich - better flavor for me. This was always my hangover food when I was young, along with a chocolate milkshake.

                                                                                  At home, it's usually about the melty cheese, either in a basic grilled cheese, or open faced with bacon, tuna, ham, roasted cherry tomatoes, onions, etc. I use English muffins as a base for lots of open faced sandwiches since they stand up well.

                                                                                  1. Meatball subs
                                                                                    Hot brown
                                                                                    Open faced anything
                                                                                    Snow on a mountain top
                                                                                    And one no one has mentioned which shocks me and my favorite cold weather comfort sandwiches... french dips. Yum

                                                                                    1. I want to say Hot Dog. You're freezing and starving, and there's the hot dog cart. But the bun and kraut are cold and soon the dog has cooled down, and although it satisfies the hole in your gut, it just wasn't what you had hoped for.

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                                                                                      1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                                        Ah, but a hot dog with spicy chili, sharp Cheddar and chopped onions. THAT will warm you.

                                                                                      2. In my opinion, a favorite cold weather sandwich can be made with anything as long as it's a sandwich I like to eat when it's cold....there is no such thing as no meatloaf or grilled cheese because you can eat it year round or it's considered comfort food. If that's the case, you can eat anything year round if that's what you want to eat.

                                                                                        That said, one of my favorites is a Pimento cheese & crispy bacon on sourdough, grilled.

                                                                                        Another is a pulled pork barbecue with slaw on a toasted bun...don't need to be summer to eat it...we smoke meat year round where I live....

                                                                                        1. It's easily a croque monsieur for me. Love, love, love this sandwich!! But it just doesn't seem right in the summer.

                                                                                          1. Hot pastrami and roast beef on an italian roll with Mozzarella, marinara sauce with cooked peppers.

                                                                                            1. If feeling like something light, a nice extra spicy banh mi. For something heavier a hot eggplant, chicken, or meatball parmigiana wedge.

                                                                                              If at home, I let some nasty cold weather tomatoes ripen as much as possible. Slice paper thin. Toast white bread, butter it, then layer the tomatoes on top,salt and pepper, and extra sharp cheddar cheese. Broil until melted and golden for open face grilled cheese.

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                                                                                              1. re: JMF

                                                                                                Except for the white bread :) that sounds tasty. I've found with those nasty winter tomatoes if I slice thinly and put a little oo, s&p on a bit ahead of time that they're acceptable in a salad. But that might get the bread awfully soggy. Maybe if you put a first layer of cheese, then the tomatoe and finish with MORE cheese?

                                                                                              2. Grilled cheese or a Philly Cheesesteak (authentic from home)

                                                                                                1. It was a bone-numbing 82 degrees in central Florida today, so I had a warm pressed cuban to take the chill off.

                                                                                                  1. Beef on weck, Rubens, or beef tongue with tomato and thousand island on rye.

                                                                                                    I eat heavier in the winter and save my veggies and caprese paninis until summer.

                                                                                                    I wish I could find more oyster poor boys because I love them too, but alas, I'm very much land locked.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Crockett67

                                                                                                      all these years i've been reading that wrong. could never figure out why a sandwich would be called beef on wReck.