So life has been a little hectic lately… I promise you it has not always been this crazy and I desperately miss blogging! Currently our home is in escrow so I have been searching for a place to live while we build the Farmhaus. I completely underestimated how easy it would be to find a rental property! I am also completing the finishing touches on the Farmhaus design with our architect. Needless to say… I am VERY happy to have a reason to take a break from my crazy running around to have a little creative fun!
Every year we celebrate Teacher Appreciation week and spoil our wonderful teachers! This year I signed up to bring subway sandwiches for the staff luncheon. I know… it sounds like a lot of work… but truthfully, it is a lot more simple than it sounds! Let me show you…
First you have to start with good fresh bread. I bought long loaves because I will be cutting them down into individual sandwiches. Longer loaves make the sandwich assembly a breeze!
I love to put aioli on sandwiches! This simple condiment takes your sandwiches to a whole new level. My number one “go to’s” are pesto aioli and chipotle aioli. I thought these two flavors complemented each other perfectly… one mellow flavor for the reserved teachers, and a wild and spicy choice for those teachers with a little pep in their step! Now, don’t let the fancy word “aioli” scare you. Aioli can be made by simply mixing mayonnaise with any other ingredient. You could mix it with garlic… and bam, you have a garlic aioli! Not so fancy hugh! I quickly took two bowls and added mayo to each bowl. In one bowl I scooped out my pre-diced chipotle peppers and added them to the mayo. Yes, I am THAT lazy! I told you it was easy! I added pre-made pesto to the other bowl and stirred away. Yep, again… that’s how this lazy girl gets “fancy”. Hee Hee! I will say…I have made my own pesto before with basil from my garden… but I just don’t have time these days and this works perfectly as a substitute. With a quick stir… voila… aioli was done!
Assembling the sandwiches was quite easy as well. First, I cut the large bread loaves in half lengthwise. I spread the aioli on one side of the bread only… putting the aioli on both sides would completely overpower the sandwich and could also cause it to become soggy! Next, I layered the turkey on the side with the aioli. I chose an herb roasted turkey to complement the pesto and a mild oven roasted turkey for the hot chipotle. Then, I added cheese to top the sliced turkey opting for a mellow jack cheese for herbed pesto sandwich and a smoky havarti cheese for the spicy chipotle sandwich. After I layered the meat and cheese I was ready to cut! I choose to cut my sandwiches before adding the greens because I prefer the greens to not be sliced and uniform on the side of the sandwich. You will see in a minute!
Once the sandwiches were neatly sliced… it was time to add my greens! I chose arugula and spinach because both of these greens are very hearty and do not tend to get soggy. Since our teachers have a staggered lunch time, I needed these sandwiches to stay crisp and fresh for a couple of hours! Once I stuffed the sandwiches with plenty of greens I slid them into a little bag. I found these fun bags at Michaels… they are typically used for cookies. I had a lot of teachers to feed and I didn’t want to stack the sandwiches on top of one another. So…. I decided to pull out my awesome dough bowl and layer the sandwiches on end! These bags worked perfect for holding the sandwiches together as I layered them into the dough bowl! I took the bag and cut the seam on both sides then carefully folded one side of the bag down to display my beautiful sandwiches. The longer side of the bag kept the sandwiches from touching one another! Brilliant!
I do have to say… I LOVE the tufts of green coming out of the sandwiches! I feel it adds fun texture and color to the display! Hence the reason I don’t cut the sandwiches with the greens inside… I like the playful look of the greens spilling out of the sandwiches, but you can choose what you prefer! Here is how the final dough bowl presentation looked…
I added a simple sign informing the teachers of all of the fabulous flavors in each sandwich and placed some fresh hydrangeas in the center for height, color, and because I LOVE hydrangeas! There you have it… a simple, easy, and quick way to present sub sandwiches to a large group!