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Grilled Sandwiches without cheese?

ipsedixit Apr 8, 2013 10:48 AM

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


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    ohmyyum Apr 8, 2013 10:52 AM

    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.

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      HillJ Apr 8, 2013 10:57 AM

      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
        EM23 Apr 8, 2013 11:32 AM

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

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          HillJ Apr 8, 2013 12:17 PM

          ha! busted!

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        pine time Apr 8, 2013 11:01 AM

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

        1. suzigirl Apr 8, 2013 11:03 AM

          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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            ipsedixit Apr 8, 2013 11:08 AM

            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
              suzigirl Apr 8, 2013 11:20 AM

              It is adictive

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                fldhkybnva Apr 8, 2013 06:46 PM

                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.

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                juliejulez Apr 8, 2013 11:13 AM

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

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                  suzigirl Apr 8, 2013 11:23 AM

                  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

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                  goodhealthgourmet Apr 8, 2013 12:28 PM

                  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 :)

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                    suzigirl Apr 8, 2013 12:36 PM

                    Oh yum. I have to try that.

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                      goodhealthgourmet Apr 8, 2013 01:24 PM

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

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                        suzigirl Apr 8, 2013 01:50 PM

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

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                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 8, 2013 02:05 PM

                          Yay. Thanks :)

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                      chowser Apr 8, 2013 01:10 PM

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

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                        pine time Apr 9, 2013 01:51 PM

                        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
                        corneygirl Apr 8, 2013 02:28 PM

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

                      3. re: suzigirl
                        biondanonima Apr 8, 2013 12:32 PM

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

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                          suzigirl Apr 8, 2013 12:37 PM

                          Nutella and jam. I want that right now

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                          debbiel Apr 8, 2013 08:50 PM

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

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                          andieb Apr 8, 2013 11:07 AM

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

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                            FriedClamFanatic Apr 9, 2013 07:39 PM

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

                          2. Kris in Beijing Apr 8, 2013 11:11 AM

                            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. bagelman01 Apr 8, 2013 11:23 AM

                              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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                                pinehurst Apr 9, 2013 11:01 AM

                                The grilled pastrami and sauerkraut stopped me.

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                                jbsiegel Apr 8, 2013 12:20 PM

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

                                1. meatnveg Apr 8, 2013 01:00 PM

                                  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?

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                                    INDIANRIVERFL Apr 8, 2013 01:12 PM

                                    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. Veggo Apr 8, 2013 02:29 PM

                                      leftover meatloaf with grilled onions

                                      1. Bada Bing Apr 8, 2013 06:59 PM

                                        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
                                          ipsedixit Apr 8, 2013 09:00 PM

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

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                                          Jeri L Apr 8, 2013 09:05 PM

                                          Bacon, turkey and avocado with red onion.

                                          1. Kris in Beijing Apr 9, 2013 09:41 AM

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

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                                              LP808 Apr 9, 2013 07:33 PM

                                              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. Ruthie789 Apr 9, 2013 10:57 AM

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

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                                                latindancer Apr 9, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                Grilled velveeta on white.

                                                It's not cheese.

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                                                  ipsedixit Apr 9, 2013 07:27 PM


                                                  It's worse.

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                                                  ahuva Apr 9, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                  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!

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                                                    Dirtywextraolives Apr 9, 2013 07:31 PM

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

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                                                      Dirtywextraolives Apr 9, 2013 07:32 PM


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