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Grilled Sandwiches without cheese?

I'd like to hear your ideas and/or actual experiences with making grilled sandwiches that use no cheese.


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  1. I like grilled veggies (eggplant, roasted red pepper, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes) with hummus on sourdough. (Cheese helps things stick together but you could easily omit it if you don't care for it or can't eat it for whatever reason). Brushed with olive oil and pressed in a George Foreman.

    1. Grilled tomato and eggplant sandwiches
      Grilled tomato and garlic pickles w/ mustard
      Grilled sandwich with any of the following works for me:
      egg salad, chicken salad, avocado, grilled or battered fish

      Sometimes I need a break from cheese!

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      1. re: HillJ

        <Sometimes I need a break from cheese!>
        You better hope the peeps on the Cheese board don't read this!:))

      2. Grilled hamburger sans cheese. Have never understood the love for cheeseburgers, altho' I love cheese by itself or on other stuff.

        1. grilled peanut butter and jelly. Go very light on the pb because it can turn into molten lava if you go to heavy. So very good.

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          1. re: suzigirl

            Grilled PB. Oh my.

            I may actually go heavy on the PB and just eat the darn thing with knife and fork.

            Excuse me, I need to be alone for a moment ...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I am not really a peanut butter fan but when I do have it, the bread goes in the toaster and is then immediately coated with peanut butter which melts into a delicious ooze. No Jelly for me.

              2. re: suzigirl

                Mmmm so good. Potbelly Sandwiches makes a huge gooey version of these.

                1. re: juliejulez

                  I am surprised a restaurant serves these. The peanut butter can be deadly if it drops on your skin. But damn are they worth the risk

                2. re: suzigirl

                  You can have my jelly. I'll take mine with sliced banana, apple or pear, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, please :)

                    1. re: suzigirl

                      Do. And have an extra half for me since I don't eat bread anymore!

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I will do that for you. And do it with a happy belly

                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      I like the pb and banana. Or pb and nutella. To be cliche, pb and bacon.

                      1. re: chowser

                        I've done one slice of toast schmeared with pb and the other with Biscoff spread. Squish bananas between. Lovely breakfast, with a glass of milk.

                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        lunch today was pb, honey, sriracha and tahini. It was dying for sliced apple and or celery and grilling.

                      3. re: suzigirl

                        Along the same lines, grilled nutella sandwiches. With fruit or jam of choice, if you like. I enjoy them with strawberries or raspberries.

                        1. re: biondanonima

                          Nutella and jam. I want that right now

                        2. re: suzigirl

                          Yes! Love a grilled pb&j. Also like grilled pb and banana.

                        3. Grilled peanut butter and bacon sandwiches..so good..

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                          1. re: andieb

                            Oh Yeah!.a wonderful combo! sometimes I add some honey

                          2. Any "shaved meat" sandwich like a Reuben/Rachael that doesn't need crisp-cold items like lettuce or tomato. The addition of a thicker salad dressing like 1000 Island helps.

                            BBQ/pulled meat; again, including sauce.

                            Our method-- toast bread, put meat on BOTH pieces, add sauce to the center. Fold together, cram into the triangle sandwich press thigny.
                            Press down, Keep your nose alert

                            1. Grilled pastrami and sauerkraut
                              Grilled turkey and roasted red peppers
                              Grilled eggplant
                              Grilled chicken breast and roasted red peppers or spinach

                              I don't make meat and dairy combinations, so this question is a no brainer

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                              1. re: bagelman01

                                The grilled pastrami and sauerkraut stopped me.

                              2. Lots of good choices, but the only problem is that they tend to fall apart without the cheese to glue things together...

                                1. When I was young, we used to have 'pressed sandwiches'. They were slightly different than grilled sammiches in that they are made in a special iron (kinda like a waffle iron)

                                  Anyway, fillings were varied:
                                  - Straight butter (eaten with Spicy Ketchup)
                                  - Chicken + Spinach
                                  - Salami's

                                  But even then, the ones with cheese were the bestest. Why you messin with perfection?

                                  1. Now, a Pittsburgh hoagie equates to Primanti Brothers. Back in the 60's and 70's you sought out the place due to what they put in it. Danny's Hoagies on Rte 88 uses cheese. A favorite that I visited again just last year. My one man pizza and hoagie joint near the house did not use cheese. So here it goes.

                                    Foot long crusty roll

                                    Split and use a generous squeeze of an oil and organo blend.

                                    Layer one side with boiled ham, hard salami, capicola.

                                    Other side gets shaved lettuce, onion, and tomato in that order.

                                    Put in an 800 degree pizza oven for up to 2 minutes.

                                    Add more oil mixture and salt and pepper.

                                    Wrap in foil and run home to eat in the next 15 to 20 minutes.

                                    Under a broiler wilts the veggies as required, but tends to crisp the meat.

                                    I have also done this in cast iron with a cover on a propane burner. Remember to turn.

                                    When you unwrap it, the bread should be well saturated with meaty oily juices.

                                    Most other places used provolone cheese, that I could rarely taste.

                                    1. leftover meatloaf with grilled onions

                                      1. I take it you mean you want a skillet- or griddle-grilled sandwich, flipped once or more, rather than oven-toasted or made in a panini press.

                                        Anyway, I'd consider egg and maybe mayo for flavor and sticky factor, seasoned with whatever regional flavor palate that suits you, along with grilled veggies, cured meats, etc.

                                        Working from what I have around now, it would be corned beef hash sandwich, innards bound with stirred eggs along with some pre-sauteed sweet peppers and caramelized onions. Still, it's very tempting to get some cheese in there. Mayo on the bread inside. Butter spread for toasting on the outside.

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                                        1. re: Bada Bing

                                          Either really is ok, but yeah the original thought was on the griddle.

                                        2. Bacon, turkey and avocado with red onion.

                                          1. I have a Pampered Chef UnCrustable maker that crimps the bread -- works very well if you can resist overfilling.

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                                            1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                              I love that thing! I haven't used it in ages, but it made the best leftover sandwiches. I would make pot roast & potato sandwiches, leftover beef/chicken/mutton curry sandwiches, lamb and roasted mint potato sandwiches.... Mmmm. I need to dust that thing off!

                                            2. Some kind of egg filling, like the commercial sandwiches with a good dressing and some bacon.

                                              1. Grilled velveeta on white.

                                                It's not cheese.

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                                                1. i spent time studying abroad, and i learned very quickly that a sandwich maker is a wonderful creation. i made turkey-tomato grilled sandwiches, nutella grilled sandwhiches, meatball grilled sandwiches - you name it, we grilled it. were they all quality dining experiences? i don't know if ripert or pepin would agree but we ate and enjoyed every bite!

                                                  1. Made an open faced patty melt with meatloaf, fried onions and mashed potatoes.