Make a Meal Out of These Dinner Sandwiches
Sandwiches are one of the most versatile, casual, and enjoyable meals around. Yet for some reason, they are usually considered lunch fare. We decided to turn the tables and serve some of our favorite sandwich recipes for dinner—with a twist. It's not that you can't enjoy egg salad for dinner, just that we're going for more filling options worthy of your last meal of the day.
Some sandwiches, like a Pressed Sandwich with Prosciutto and Broccoli Rabe, can be made in advance, a bonus for weeknight dinners. Some others, like a Steak-and-Avocado Sandwich and Jennifer's Meatloaf Sandwich, require a bit more prep but yield delicious results the whole family will love. We've included a couple of favorite vegetarian sandwiches (such as BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich and Avocado-and-Boursin Sandwiches) that deliver—and not just on Meatless Monday! We promise they're just as filling as the meaty options on this list. And with summer just around the corner, you shouldn't pass by our recipe for Bacon-Lobster-Tomato Sandwiches, which offers a seaside twist on an American classic. (This sandwich also makes a good option for entertaining. Set everything out and have everyone build their own sandwich.)
In these recipes, you'll also find grilling tips and ways to dress up plain mayonnaise to make a flavorful condiment for your sandwich. Even regular deli turkey becomes totally refreshed when topped with jalapeño, pickles, prosciutto, and Swiss cheese. Click through for the dinner-worthy sandwiches, paninis, and po'boys that we think will please meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. You'll look at white bread in a whole new light.
We love this colorful version of a Mexican street food sandwich known as pepito. Seeded rolls are stuffed with juicy flank steak, crisp tomatoes, creamy avocados, and a drizzle of crema and hot sauce.
BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich
Thai Grilled-Chicken Baguettes
A different and totally delicious sandwich that comes together in just 30 minutes. This satisfying meal starts with chicken cutlets and Masaman curry paste. A quick turn on the grill or in a grill pan are all that it needs. Celery, lime juice, and cocktail peanuts makes an out-of-this-world topping. Serve with mango slices for a sweet, salty, and spicy meal.
Jennifer's Meatloaf Sandwiches
Here's a recipe you'll want to make, though maybe not after work! The meatloaf takes almost an hour to cook but the hands-on work is quick and easy (and the result is well worth the wait). While the meatloaf is in the oven, you can tackle other nighttime prep.
Quick Shrimp Po'boys
Bring the bayou to your home with this quick-and-easy version of a proper po'boy. It has all the elements you expect in this New Orleans favorite, like mayonnaise, tangy dill relish, and crispy fried shrimp for one dinner-friendly recipe.
This is a colorful vegetarian sandwich that contrasts creamy Boursin cheese and rich avocado with crunchy carrots and red cabbage. We love layering it on pumpernickel bread for a nutty graininess and crumbly texture that can't be beat.
Spicy Turkey Medianoches
A pressed sandwich is so tempting, especially when it's one that is easy to make. This one relies on grocery store staples, such as oven-roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, and salty prosciutto, but the result is much tastier than a regular deli combo. No panini press? No problem. You can achieve the same result using a heavy skillet to weigh down this Cuban-style sandwich as it toasts in a skillet.
Sautéed Mushroom, Prosciutto, and Taleggio Panini
Funky taleggio cheese, salty prosciutto, and sautéed mushrooms create a flavorful, authentically Italian panini. Toasted ciabatta or focaccia provide plenty of soft bread to support all the fillings.
Grilled Salmon Sandwiches with Herbed Mayonnaise
In addition to the smoky grilled salmon and fragrant herbed mayonnaise, we love this sandwich because it's fast. It takes less than 30 minutes so it's ideal for dinner after a busy work day. An added bonus: Salmon is packed with nutritious omega-3 fatty acids.
Nashville-Style Hot Chicken Sandwich
A fiery coating of hot sauce, garlic, and cayenne pepper finishes this crispy deep-fried chicken. Pair with soft potato rolls for contrast and serve with coleslaw, the cool-down accompaniment this sandwich needs.
Steak-and-Brie Sandwich with Chimichurri
Just right for a cool summer night, this grilled sandwich stars tender flank steak. It's topped with brie, roasted red peppers, arugula, and a zesty chimichurri sauce.
Looking for a way to re-vamp pizza Fridays? We've got you covered. Somewhere in between a calzone and a taco are these pizza sandwiches, which turn all the best pizza toppings—roasted tomatoes, sliced soppressata, and two kinds of cheese—into an exciting filling. You can make the pizza dough ahead of time, and even roast the tomatoes a day or two in advance, so that night-of prep work can be done in a snap.