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3 Sandwich Recipes That'll Give Lunch An International Twist

If you want to give lunch an international twist, making sandwiches from various parts of the globe is a great way to do it! You'll be surprised at how much flavor two pieces of bread can hold in between.


Pressed Italian Sandwiches (Laughing Spatula) 

If you love Italian cuisine, you'll surely love this Pressed Italian Sandwich recipe from Laughing Spatula. With the flavor triumvirate of ham, provolone and salami, this meaty sandwich will surely tickle anyone's palate. The bell peppers and spinach leaves balance off the saltiness of the meat and makes this a perfect treat!

"Some things I love about this sammie.  1.) It doesn’t require mayo so it has a more stable shelf life  2.)  You buy all the ingredients and assemble.  No cooking.  and 3.) Most important…it’s super easy and super tasty!"


  • 1 loaf foccaccia bread
  • 1/2 pound sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 pound sliced provolone
  • 1/4 pound sliced salami
  • 1 15 ounce jar roasted whole red peppers - drained and patted dry as you can get them
  • 1/2 cup Pesto
  • 2 cups spinach leaves - stems removed
  • 1/4 cup or so of Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

via Pressed Italian Sandwiches (Laughing Spatula)


Pan Bagnat ~ French Picnic Sandwich (Lavender and Lovage)

This Pan Bagnat ~ French Picnic Sandwich from Lavender and Lovage is a great, rustic sandwich that is not only good for lunch but is also a perfect treat to make for weekend picnics. The basil, onions, tomatoes and peppers offer great background flavors to the wholesome goodness of Mozzarella and ham.

"This wonderfully sumptuous French Picnic Sandwich can be made WELL in advance, in fact the night before is best. Slice the sandwich before you go on your picnic if you wish, it is easier, or just take a wooden board and knife for slicing on location. You can also cut this into wedges too."  


  • 1 large Boule ~ a round loaf of bread, as seen in photos
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 6 Roasted Red Peppers from a jar
  • 1/2 Red Onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Green Olives, about 2 dozen
  • 2 x (125g) balls of Mozzarella Cheese, sliced
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 slices of cooked Ham, (I prefer air dried ham, but it makes the loaf difficult to cut)
  • Salt and pepper

via Pan Bagnat ~ French Picnic Sandwich (Lavender and Lovage)


Vietnamese Sandwich Recipe With Grilled Chicken - Bahn Mi (Eating Richly)

This Vietnamese Sandwich Recipe With Grilled Chicken or Bahn Mi recipe from Eating Richly will instantly transport you to Asia in a single bite. The secret lies in the marinade of the chicken, as well as the pickled vegetables that wakes up the flavors of this sandwich. English cucumber gives this sandwich a fresh, crunchy bite.

"This Vietnamese sandwich recipe is an authentic grilled chicken banh mi packed with exciting flavors, colors and textures. And it’s SO easy to make!"

Chicken Marinade

  • 1/2 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (3-4 breasts)

Pickled Veggies

  • 1/2 cup hot tap water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 carrots , cut into julienne strips
  • 2 daikon radishes , cut into julienne strips

Sandwich Fixings

  • 6 soft sandwich rolls
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 an English cucumber , sliced thin
  • 6 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 sliced jalapeno (optional if you like spicy)

via Vietnamese Sandwich Recipe With Grilled Chicken - Bahn Mi (Eating Richly) 


Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:

If you love moist sandwiches, never skip putting sandwich spread on your bread. Not only does it lend rich tangy flavor, it also adds moisture to the sandwich.


Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.


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