3 Great Anytime Sandwiches

Even Better with Fresh Tomatoes (from your garden)

These 3 great anytime sandwiches, which are even better with fresh tomatoes from your garden, are just that - Great! They can be served for lunch or dinner, brunch or The Super Bowl. One sandwich might feed a hungry teenager or tired skier home from a day on the hills (yum, with a bowl of soup) but they can also be sliced into smaller servings that feed those with smaller appetites.

Want to really up the enjoyment, just add extra fresh tomatoes.  With plenty of tomatoes growing in your garden (I hope), these 3 great anytime sandwiches are perfect to add in extra slices of tomatoes.And, of course, any lettuce or onions, you might have planted.

Make one for yourself or serve the whole gang on lazy summer days, when everyone can add their own choices. They are enjoyed equally on your patio or taken on a picnic to the park.

Super Bowl Sub just for the Super Bowl? (not on your life, if you think I am going to miss a World Series game to make dinner then you are in for a big surprise, hunny bunch). Serve the Super Bowl Submarine sandwich for The World Series or Grey Cup Game when you may still have some of your delicious fresh tomatoes available in your garden!

Then mama is happy, too.

3 Great Anytime Sandwiches 

1. Super Bowl Subs


1 loaf (about 16 inches long) Italian bread
1 large avocado, mashed
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
8 oz. left-over cooked turkey meat
7 oz. sliced Monterey Jack cheese
2 med. tomatoes, sliced
1/4 c. chopped scallion
1 (4 oz.) can sliced green chilies,
drained and cut into strips
12 pitted ripe olives, sliced (optional)


  1. Halve bread lengthwise and crosswise to make quarters.
  2. Place 2 bread pieces on oven pan of toaster oven. Toast, watching carefully to avoid over browning.
  3. Repeat with rest of bread.
  4. In a small bowl, mash avocado with lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt, pepper sauce and garlic.
  5. Spread 1/4 of mixture on toasted bread surface.
  6. Layer 1/4 of turkey, cheese, tomato and onion over top of each.
  7. Top with chilies.
  8. Place 2 sandwiches on oven pan of toaster oven and brown until cheese is bubbly. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Serve hot, garnished with olives.

Optional: Add some sliced salami meat.

2. New York Submarine Sandwich


4 (6") or 2 (12") hoagie rolls
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Italian seasoning
12 slices provolone cheese
12 slices boiled ham
12 slices hard salami
2 sliced tomatoes
1/4-1/2 head shredded lettuce
1 small onion, sliced into thin rings


  1. Split rolls.
  2. Sprinkle liberally with olive oil, then vinegar and then the Italian seasoning.
  3. Layer 3 slices each of the provolone, ham and salami on each roll. (Or 6 each on the 12 inch rolls.)
  4. Place sliced tomatoes, onions and shredded lettuce on top of cold cuts.

Slice 12 inch rolls in half to serve.

Serves 4.

If you have fresh green onions growing your garden, you may enjoy their taste in place of the regular sliced onion.

The third, and final, of our 3 great anytime sandwiches is a longtime family favorite, hopefully soon to become a favorite with your family. Just so simple and so satisfying.

3. Toasted English Muffin Tuna Sandwich


3 English muffins, split and toasted
3 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 lg. tomato, cut in 6 slices
1 can (6 1/2 oz) tuna, drained and
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
3 slices cheddar or Swiss cheese


  1. Spread muffins with butter.
  2. Arrange in circle on large paper towel-lined microwave proof plate.
  3. Place tomato slice on each muffin.
  4. Mix tuna and mayonnaise until blended.
  5. Divide and spoon tuna over tomato slices.
  6. Cut cheese diagonally in half to form triangles.
  7. Place 1 triangle of cheese on each muffin.
  8. Use "defrost" cycle and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until cheese melts and muffin topping is warm.
  9. Let stand 2 minutes before serving.
  10. A single split muffin can be prepared and cooked on "defrost" cycle for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.

Toasted bread can be substituted for English muffins.

For a crowd - or just my family - I prefer to cook these in the oven on a large cookie sheet. On a hot summer day you may well prefer to use a toaster oven or microwave.

From the littlest grandchild up to the oldest in the family, these are a family favorite. On Autumn's brisk days, we love them with a bowl of soup, homemade or not. I love the almost 'instant' dinner with almost no clean-up part!

As you come back from that first chilly walk admiring the piles of Fall leaves, stop in your garden patch to pick the last of the ripened tomatoes before you head indoors.

3 + 1 = 4...oh, well.

Well, if you know me, I can't just stop at 3 great anytime sandwiches, I have to move on to a 4th one!

I think you'll love this one from Six Sisters blog, once again an easy sandwich with fresh tomatoes that is not only quick to make, it's perfect for Meatless Mondays.


Tomato and Basil Toasted Sandwich

We do so hope you find these 3 Great Anytime Sandwiches, not just delicious, but recipes you would like to share with your friends. If you do share, please, know that we appreciate it. Thanks!

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