Butter has a place on any and all sandwiches, not just a grilled cheese. However, we do have a few rules we hope you will follow in your sandwich making. :-)
Rule 1 - Use Quality Ingredients
Sandwiches don’t have to be basic or an afterthought. Step it up a notch with high-quality flavors. No more white bread and sad, discounted lunch meat. Try some of that leftover steak between two slices of artisan sourdough. Consider in-season produce for a colorful meal - like A Cook’s Canvas' creation of Radishes with Butter and Sea Salt on a Baguette.
Rule 2 - Pick Only A Few Ingredients
It may be clever for that new burger joint to create monster burgers you can’t fit your lips around, but we feel it’s more dignified for a sandwich to be eaten easily and that all of its ingredients can be enjoyed without competing for attention. We’re not alone in this. There’s a $26 sandwich in Washington DC that has only three main ingredients - and it’s the second most popular dish on the menu.
Rule 3 - Choose Salted and Flavored Butter
With only a few ingredients, every single one has to count, and your condiment is no exception. You could go for mayo, but butter is a good choice, too. Butter softens the bread. Butter provides a rich flavor. Butter is an ideal moisture barrier. If you have to make and pack a sandwich, butter can keep the bread from getting soggy from sandwich ingredients like tomatoes and damp lunch meats.
Save the unsalted butter for baking. Save the unflavored butter for…well, nothing. Choose a compound butter flavor to complement your other sandwich ingredients.
Rule 4 - Toasting Is Great, But Not A Requirement
While toasted bread and butter go together like peanut butter and jelly, toasting is not a requirement. With a little bit of softening, any one of the Epicurean Butter flavors could add just the right touch to a cold sandwich. (See the full list of flavors here.)
Having said that, we like toasted sandwiches, too, including this Caprese Sandwich. Hope you enjoy the recipe!
Toasted Caprese Sandwiches with Epicurean Butter’s Tuscan Herb ButterBy Epicurean Butter
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 sandwiches
Ingredients:- French Baguette, sliced crosswise or across the bias into 12 slices
- 2 medium-sized Heirloom Tomatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
- 12 pieces of Basil (or another large leafy green like Chard or Romaine)
- 8 oz Fresh Mozzarella, sliced into 12 thin pieces
- 2 tbsp Epicurean Butter's Tuscan Herb Butter, softened
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions:- Set oven to 400 degrees F. Slice bread and place on sheet pan. Once heated, lightly toast for 5-6 minutes.
- Meanwhile, wash all produce and slice Tomatoes and Mozzarella.
- Remove bread from the oven and liberally butter all 12 pieces while the bread is warm. Add Salt and Pepper to taste.
- Assemble sandwiches and serve immediately.
Optional: Add a small grilled chicken breast or baked ham to make it a meal. Consider super-stacking your Caprese sandwich by adding one additional piece of Mozzarella, Basil, Tomato, and Bread. Instead of toasting in the oven, you could choose to warm the bread on a grill.