Sandwich Sunday: The SCLT
I’m a BLT fanatic. Whether it’s your standard oscar mayer bacon on white bread with cheap tomatoes and lettuce taken from my dining hall or a more ‘upscale’ and healthy version of the classic consisting of turkey bacon, sprouted wheat bread, and fresh mozzarella, I just can’t seem to get enough of the combination of sweet and salty, soft and crispy. But what happens if you don’t have bacon on hand and you’re looking to get that signature crunch?
The answer? I set out this week to find one, testing out a new homemade variation: The Sun Chip, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich.
Description: This was my first custom creation in the series, and I decided to go with the new Wonder Smart White Bread as my base. I know processed white bread seems to be the devil for most people, but frankly I love it, and although it’s still pumped up with fake fiber and other fake ‘healthy’ stuff, I like the new Wonder Bread for its pillowy texture and mild sweetness. That being said, I toasted it on my panini press, mostly because I was worried that the weight of the veggies involved would weight it down. I spread one side of the bread with Kraft BBQ sauce, and left the other side plain. On the side with the BBQ sauce I layered sun chips, followed by grilled red onions, banana peppers, lettuce, two thick tomatoes, more lettuce, more sun chips, two more thick tomatoes, and more sun chips. For good measure I toasted the whole thing on the panini press for about 30 seconds.
The Verdict: Not bad, but not great. This sandwich derived almost all of its flavor from the veggies and BBQ sauce, and the sun chips contributed only minimally any sense of crunch that I was looking for. I liked the thick layer of veggies, and overall I feel like you can’t go wrong with banana peppers and grilled onions on anything. The tomatoes were decent, and did help to compliment the toasted bread and the slightly nutty sun chips, which were more pronounced when I ate the sandwich with the BBQ sauce side facing down. But there was a lack of saltiness that the I missed from the bacon, as well as the brown sugar sweetness and smokiness which works so well in the classic application. This wasn’t mind-blowing by any means, but I have a soft spot for sweet veggie sandwiches, and although it wasn’t as crunchy or salty or smokey as a BLT, it was a decent first attempt into the world of sandwiches on chips.
GrubGrade: 7.00/10.00 (Decent)
Your Turn: Potato chips on a sandwich? Yea or neigh? Also, do you think a change in flavor of sun chips would have made this better? What about cheese? Chime in and let me know your thoughts!