10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

August is National Sandwich Month, and as someone who is desperately in love with bread, I’m all for this. Here are 10 totally awesome sandwiches for you to sink your teeth into.

Feed a bunch of hungry faces all at once with these Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches. Little is awesome.

The British will put just about anything on a sandwich. Don’t believe me? Check out Things British People Put Between Two Slices of Bread.

Everybody loves a grilled cheese. Make it fancy with a Fig Jam & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese.

Perfect for parking yourself in the living room on game day, Cheesy Meatball Sliders are completely outrageous.

Maybe I’ll eat a vegetable if it’s in a gooey grilled cheese. Try this Calzone Grilled Cheese

Have a Bacon Egg Salad Sandwich because bacon, duh.

A Cholesterol Sandwich is life.

Apple and cheddar is a classic combination. Bring them together in an Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese.

I love a sandwich at breakfast, especially when it’s as indulgent as this Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast.

I might eat glass if it had Buffalo sauce on it. This Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese is much better than that.

What’s your favorite sandwich?

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Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hey, kids! I’m home from the hospital, but I still haven’t been on my feet for more than like 20 minutes at a time, so we let Geoff into the kitchen today to make your Cornish Pasties. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be able to walk around for like a half hour without needing a nap.

And before anybody goes freakin’ out, I just had another spontaneous pneumothorax which led to a week in the hospital with a chest tube, but no surgery, so that’s great. I had the same condition about 20 years ago, so I wasn’t that worried. I was mainly annoyed that it ruined my long weekend. This weekend doesn’t seem to be going much better. But I’m home and getting healthier, so that’s pretty awesome.

You know what’s not awesome? Hospital food, except for the pudding cups. Also, getting woken up every 30 minutes with blood pressure checks and IV flushes. Being tethered to a four foot tube coming out of your chest also isn’t my favorite.

Staying in the hospital sucks, but I have to say that everybody there did everything they could to make me healthy and as happy as can reasonably be expected. From doctors to nurses to transport, everyone I met was friendly and helpful. And in case you didn’t know, I also have a sueprhero for a husband. I mean, he even made you guys Cornish Pasties today.

Cornish Pasties | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cornish Pasties are sort of like a giant empanada or and English version of a calzone. It’s basically a pie dough rolled out, filled with meat and veg, and baked until the center is juicy and the crusty is brown and flaky. I think coal miners used to take these to work for lunch, so you know they’ll fill you up. You can change up the filling to suit your tastes. You can also top them with some gravy to make them extra awesome.

Cornish Pasties | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Take care of yourselves and take care of each other. Say I love you with Cornish Pasties and be awesome.

Cornish Pasty
Serves 4
Juicy meat and veg wrapped in a flaky pastry crust make these Cornish Pasties super awesome!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Pasty
  1. 450g plain flour
  2. 2tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 125g unsalted butter
  5. 2 egg yolks
  6. 125ml cold water
Pasty filling
  1. 450g potato (finely diced)
  2. 100g carrots (finely diced)
  3. 150g onion (finely diced)
  4. 400g ground beef
  5. Salt and black pepper
  6. 1 tbsp plain flour
  7. 40g butter
  8. 1 egg (beaten)
For the pasty
  1. Put the flour, baking powder, salt, butter and egg yolks into the food processor. Give it a buzz until thoroughly mixed. Slowly add the water and continue mixing until the dough forms. Wrap the dough in saran wrap and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Split the dough into 4 peices and roll out into 9 inch circles.
For the filling
  1. Add the veggies to your food processor. Season them with salt and pepper to taste and mix for a few seconds. The bigger you want your veggie chunks, the shorter the time in the processor.
  2. Mix the flour into the ground beef and add the mixture into the food processor. Buzz for a few seconds, until the veggies and beef are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add the mixture to one half of each dough circle and fold the other half over, forming a "D-shaped" pasty.
  4. Crimp over the edges to seal, cut a "steam hole" in the top and wash the whole pasty with your beaten egg.
  5. Place onto a baking sheet and into the oven for 50 minutes.
  6. Wait 4 or 5 minutes to cool, then devour!
Top tip
  1. Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy for best results!
Adapted from The Hairy Bikers' The Peoples' Cornish Pasty
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Bakewell Tart |How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Tart |How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re planning a summer 2016 trip to England, and I’m already excited and dreaming about all of the things I want to see and do. There have been hints of side trips to Scotland, and maybe even Paris. I’m swooning. But I’d also be perfectly happy with long walks through the countryside, a couple of castles, and a pint of Strongbow in a low-ceilinged pub. Just the idea of another trip to England has me over the moon.

Bakewell Tart |How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for making my own English food, like this Bakewell Tart. I learned it got its name from the town of Bakewell in England, which Google tells me has an obscenely gorgeous stone bridge. Can we visit on our trip?

A tart is really just a skinny pie. And this one has a thin layer of raspberry jam topped with a buttery almond filling. It’s rich and simple, and like pretty much all things English, it’s an excellent accompaniment to a cup of tea. You can use your favorite pie crust, but I find, due to my hot kitchen situation, my overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by using store-bought pie dough. #noshame

Bakewell Tart |How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bakewell tart seems so English. No matter what I do, I will never be. But I can learn to make more old world treats, read more books, and pretend.

Bakewell Tart
Serves 8
A very English, lovely Bakewell Tart is straight buttery almond goodness.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. Your favorite pie dough
  2. 150 grams (10 tablespoons) butter, softened
  3. 150 grams (2/3 cup) sugar
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 egg yolk
  6. Zest of one lemon
  7. 150 grams (7/8 cup) ground almonds
  8. 4 tablespoons raspberry jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and place your pie dough into your tart pan. Remove any excess dough from the edges of the pan.
  2. Cover the dough with parchment and add some dried beans or rice on the top of the paper to weight it down. Bake the crust for 20 minutes until lightly golden. Cool for at least five minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar. Add eggs then egg yolk one at a time, mixing completely.
  4. Add the lemon zest, then slowly mix in the ground almonds. Don't worry if the mixture is not completely smooth.
  5. Spread the raspberry jam evenly along the bottom of the pie crust, then pour the filling over the jam. Spread the filling evenly inside the crust.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes. The filling will be completely set.
  7. Tart can be served warm, room temp, or fridge cold. It's delightful any way you slice it.
Notes
  1. You can make ground almonds by processing blanched almonds (no skin) in your food processor until you have fine crumbs.
Adapted from Bake for Britain
Adapted from Bake for Britain
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