7 Delicious Ways August’s Office Meals Should Be Celebrating National Sandwich Month

Posted by on Friday, August 1st, 2014 with Comments Off on 7 Delicious Ways August’s Office Meals Should Be Celebrating National Sandwich Month Comments

Sandwiches are one of those items that are so easy to overlook when it comes to listing your favorite foods… even though most of us have been eating meat/cheese/vegetables between slices of bread our entire lives, on all kinds of occasions. From summertime picnic fare to office meals at our desks to satisfying late-night cravings, sandwiches are one of the most versatile, everyday foods. But if you eat something every day, do you ever really stop to appreciate it?

Well, now is the time. August is National Sandwich Month, and it’s time for us to make like Joey Tribbiani and marvel at the wonder of the sandwich. And why not include this monthlong extravaganza when planning office meals? If your workplace provides food for employees during meetings or training sessions or as overtime meals, you likely already serve a lot of sandwiches… only they might be mundane cold-cut combos that come in box lunches or on deli trays.

lobster roll with fries

A good lobster roll is the perfect way to kick off National Sandwich Month.
Image source: Flickr user saeba

Instead, shake up the sandwich routine in your office this month by ordering more delicious, more unusual sandwiches. During the dog days of summer at the office, your team can likely use all the extra morale-boosting that can be mustered, and you might be surprised how much enthusiasm can be generated over a truly excellent sandwich… like the ones below:

1) Gourmet grilled cheese

We all knew when we were eight years old that buttery bread and gooey cheese was a winning combination. But start upgrading the sandwich by adding heirloom tomatoes, crispy bacon, even simply switching to a higher-quality cheese, and your grilled cheese is all grown up… and worthy of celebrating during National Sandwich Month!

2) Lobster roll

While the lobster may be freshest in Maine, this New England classic tastes amazing no matter what part of the country you call home. Chunks of lobster lightly dressed with mayo and stuffed into (and spilling out of) a toasted, buttery bun? This might actually be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

3) Falafel

Fried or baked chickpea balls, stuffed into a pillowy pita along with a nutty tahini-based sauce and crisp lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes, this Middle Eastern vegetarian classic is a crowd-pleasing sandwich to serve on Meatless Mondays (or, really, any day of the week).

4) Croque monsieur

The French know their food, and that includes the humble sandwich. In a croque monsieur, Gruyere melts magnificently atop sliced ham tucked between two thick slices of bread that are coated with butter or a bechamel sauce. Simple yet elegant yet totally indulgent, it’s a beautiful special-occasion sandwich.

5) Banh mi

When the French colonized Vietnam in the early 20th century, they brought their baguettes. And then, Vietnamese bakeries began filling those baguettes with a savory, spicy, refreshing combination of pork (be it meatballs, belly, or pate), cilantro, pickled carrots, daikon, and fish sauce. There are many more variations today, where the mash-up of French and Vietnamese cuisine feels perfectly at home nestled into a sandwich.

6) Po’ boys 

The French really took their bread everywhere they went: and in Lousiana, it became the perfect resilient vehicle for a po’ boy. Made from roast beef or fried seafood, po’ boys are traditionally “dressed” with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo. This classic of New Orleans cuisine is rivaled only by the muffuletta for the city’s signature sandwich, but especially when fried oysters or soft-shell crab are involved, it’s hard to deny the allure of a po’ boy.

7) Katsu-sando

The Japanese contribution to the world of sandwiches is deceptively minimalist: a breaded pork cutlet (known as tonkatsu) topped with shredded cabbage, coated with a Worcestershire-style tonkatsu sauce, and tucked between two slices of bread. Like much of Japanese cuisine, the beauty is in the simplicity, and this is an unusual sandwich that’s certainly worth trying (if you can find it).

There are too many amazing sandwiches out there to waste any more office meals on the same-old deli platters and box lunches… so start browsing the menus at Waiter.com to find your new favorite! With easy online ordering and prompt delivery, it’s the no-brainer way to celebrate National Sandwich Month — all August long.

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