Sandwiches and Easy Homemade Spreads

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor… it’s a win win!

Make me a sammich!!  Lol, okay, you don’t have to… in fact, I’ll make you one!

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

In the summer, I love light meals… and while sandwiches are a classic lunch food… I like them for dinner too!  Served alongside a light BLT Pasta Salad, it’s the perfect summer dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

What I have here for you in this post is a recipe for 3… that’s right, 3, delicious homemade spreads to take your sandwich from good to OMG GREAT!  I’ll also explain the ingredients I usually add to my sandwiches ๐Ÿ™‚

MY LATEST RECIPES

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

First up we have an aioli recipe that will knock your socks off!  Roasted garlic, cracked black pepper, creamy mayo, brightened by a splash of lemon juice and thickened by some Parmesan cheese.  You might want to make a double batch of this… because you’ll be slathering it on just about everything!

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

I paired it with some delicious oven roasted deli turkey in this monster of a sandwich…

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

To make this beauty, I start off with 3 slices of a nice whole-grain bread, and lightly toast them.  Spread some aioli on the bottom slice and then pile on some sliced turkey, green leaf lettuce, sliced heirloom tomatoes, and a slice of Havarti cheese.  Spread aioli on both sides of the middle slice of bread, place it on top, then add more lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, cheese, sliced avocado, and sliced turkey.  Top off the sandwich with the final slice of bread, also smeared with aioli.  This is one BIG sandwich… it’ll fill you up for sure!

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Let’s switch things up a bit and use some smoked deli turkey in a wrap… it’s a sandwich to go!  This wrap has it’s own spread, to mimic the smokiness of the turkey and bacon, (oh yeahhh, you know I had to add bacon somewhere!).

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

This mayo has a personality!  It’s smoky but not spicy, and easy to throw together with just a whisk ๐Ÿ™‚  Pair it with a whole-wheat flour tortilla, sliced smoked turkey, a couple slices of crispy bacon, white cheddar cheese, sliced heirloom tomatoes and some green leaf lettuce, and you have yourself a wrap you’ll want to eat every day.

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

Wrap that baby up in some parchment or wax paper and you have a great lunch or dinner on the go!

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Now let’s get to the final spread (even though this one is actually a sauce)… it’s even better than I thought it would be when I was thinking up the recipe!

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

Honey, balsamic, and a whole grain mustard…. such a great combo!!

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

I love to have this sauce drizzled over a honey ham sandwich!

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

For this sandwich I went with a soft pretzel bun (from my local bakery, but you could make your own if you’d like).  I drizzled some sauce over the bottom of the bun, topped it with some peppery arugula, sliced swiss cheese, sliced honey ham, more drizzled sauce, another slice of cheese, more ham, then top it off with the pretzel bun top ๐Ÿ™‚

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

It’s definitely not your average ham and swiss sandwich ๐Ÿ˜‰

Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!

So there you go… 3 great recipes for the spreads and 3 of my favorite sandwiches ๐Ÿ˜€

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Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!
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5 from 4 votes
Roasted Garlic and Black Pepper Aioli
1 1/2 cups
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
42 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3-4 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • ROASTED GARLIC:
  • 1 head of garlic
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • drizzle of olive oil
Instructions
  1. TO ROAST GARLIC:
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Peel off outer paper layers of the head of garlic, make sure you leave the individual skins on the cloves.
  4. Cut off the top 1/2 inch of the NON root end of the garlic head.
  5. Place garlic in the center of a piece of aluminum foil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Wrap up the foil around the garlic and place in to a muffin pan.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Unwrap and let garlic cool for a while until you can touch it.
  9. Squeeze from the bottom (root) end to pop the roasted cloves out of the skins.
  10. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  11. TO MAKE THE AIOLI:
  12. Combine ingredients in a small bowl, whisk, and set aside.
  13. Use immediately or place in airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Not much hits the spot better than some great gourmet sandwiches, and with a homemade spread to jazz up the flavor... it's a win win!
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5 from 4 votes
Ancho Chipotle Mayo
1 /2 cup
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce (just the sauce not the peppers)
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chile powder
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Use immediately or place in airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

** Store the rest of the chipotle in adobo sauce in a ziploc bag in the freezer

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5 from 4 votes
Honey Balsamic Mustard Sauce
1 cup
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk sauce ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Use immediately or place in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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49 comments on “Sandwiches and Easy Homemade Spreads”

  1. How long can you store these spreads in the fridge?

  2. I made the Ancho Chipotle Mayo this morning, to add a fresh and a new twist to wraps. Honestly, it is one of the best spreads EVER!! Unfortunately, I didn’t have ancho chili powder, but used regular chili powder instead. I’m looking forward to eating the wraps for lunch, which has slow roasted turkey breast, bacon and cheddar cheese. Thank you so much for this recipe, Amanda and this is the first recipe I made from your blog!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. That looks amazing! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

  4. I like the mayo variations! Never mind sandwiches, those are going to perk up some chicken salad around here.

  5. I love all these spreads recipes Amanda! Now, I have to decide which one to make first. Tough decision! Thanks for sharing them. My lunch will be taken to another level ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I am so pinning this! I love aiolis, though I’ve never made one. The garlic one is right up my alley. Also, I was about to get onto you about not having bacon in a post, but then I saw it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for linking up at Try a Bite Tuesday!! Hope to see you back next week again!

  7. Wow I’ve been looking for sandwich ideas because I always have the same one everyday (kinda sorta hate it now) and these look great! The aioli seems really good! I’m pinning it now, and I can’t wait to try it!!!

  8. This Looks to DIE for Amanda!! Sandwiches and subs are my weakness.. and this hits all the right notes in my growling tumm… Thanks so much for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

  9. I am in love with spreads because it makes your sandwich happy and not lonely. Bread needs love to and a good spread is like a hug for the bread! Thanks for a great recipe for a sandwich and some AWESOME spreads that I can use as a dip too ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. You linked this at the perfect time for me. I am obsessed with making my own dips and sauces and dressings. There are so many preservatives in the store bought kind. I know I’m not supposed to play favorites and that is good because I can’t choose between these three. I’m excited to try them all. Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

  11. All of these spreads look amazing, and let’s be honest, it’s the spread that makes or breaks a sandwich!

  12. Fantastic post, I love your delicious sandwich spreads. Definitely lifts the little sammie to a new level. Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday party this weekend. Pinning/sharing.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon with another delicious recipe.

    A FFF co-host,
    Joanne

  13. Just finished my lunch and and saw your post about sandwiches. You have me craving some sandwiches, like right now! :). I am bookmarking this for later. All the spread you have mentioned sound so wonderful. – Sreelatha

  14. Is it terrible that I could eat that ancho-chipotle mayo with a spoon!? Pinned!

  15. Your sauces are just amazing and I could sure enjoy that Turkey sandwich right now! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. That Ancho Chipotle Aioli sounds AMAZING! Lovely ideas!

  17. These are some beautiful spreads. I love making aioli because it really adds so much to foods. Thanks for sharing these great condiments. Yumming and Pinning this!

  18. WHY YOU SO CRUEL AMANDA! WHY YOU TEMPT ME SO BAD WITH NICE SANDWICH? WHY THIS YOU DOING?
    So gorgeous that I’m messing up my grammar. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE IT!
    Five stars all the way, choo choo!

  19. This is a very loaded post! I love the many sauce recipes, but that first sandwich with the avocado….. mmm, mmm! It’s only 9am here in Toronto and I’m already thinking about lunch!

    • Thank you Byron!! I think it’s the most recipes/methods I’ve packed into a post yet lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh man, I scarfed that sandwich down sooooo fast when the shoot was over ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. I had a similar kind of sandwich at Dubai before heading for the desert safari. Nice memories of the meal and the trip. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe and for the trip down memory lane

  21. What a great selection of sandwiches and spreads! Loving the look of the honey balsamic mustard sauce. A good grainy mustard can go a long way with a sauce like that!

  22. Each one sounds better than the last one!

  23. Love all of these sauces and now I’m dying for all of those sandwiches – YUM! Great combos featured here. Lunch just got a lot more interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. WOW- this is a GENIUS POST!!! I’m saving this foreverrrrrrrrr…. I love the variety of spreads, my husband will DIE b/c he has a sandwich for lunch every day and I really need a way to make his lunch more interesting- maybe I’ll even make these secretly and surprise him (hahaha we live a crazy life I tell ya!)- Seriously though, this is AWESOME! <3 Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

    • Ahhhhh thank youuuu!!! Ooooh he’d love that surprise ๐Ÿ˜€ And I had to LOL at that, because I do that too… make little surprises to put in his lunchbox for work. Wow that just sounded like I put him on the bus and sent him off to school, lmao! Sammich time!!