Well, a sandwich without bread is a pile of meat, cheese, and veggies with a condiment mess. The hard part is choosing which sandwich bread to build on.
Building the perfect sandwich is an artform one that I happen to love. My idea of the perfect sandwich is first choosing the bread type that fits my ingredients best. I’m looking for taste and texture, but also that the bread will allow that perfect pull-away bite without losing its form. Piantedosi’s Oval Marble Rye was a go-to bread for many of my restaurant’s and cafe’s sandwiches.
For argument’s sake, let’s build a couple of sandwiches.
A wrong bread choice for me would be a baguette. In this instance, I want a soft, thick-cut marble rye NOT toasted. Why? I want the juices from the roast beef and horseradish aioli to be absorbed into the bread. I like to layer my sandwich ingredients starting from the bottom up.
On the other hand, if I was going to make my favorite breakfast sandwich I would start with toasted Ciabatta.
I call this the Amtrak because it will hit you like a train of flavor and be gone as fast as it stopped in front of you.
Now that you are also hungry flip the bread on the two different sandwiches. It won’t work well, at least not as well. Size does matter. That egg will get lost in that giant slice of rye and the roast beef and all its toppings will fall out of the Ciabatta as you try to take that first bite.
White ideal for bread and butter snacks, classic PB& J and top choice for kids grilled cheese sandwiches and fluffernutters
Sourdough is light but dense with a tangy taste meant for savory or salty sandwiches. Think BLT or Thanksgiving sandwiches
Whole Wheat is usually soft and chewy with a mild taste. Great for everyday sanwiches like ham and cheese or salad.
Baguette with its crispy crust and soft and chewy interior. Great for garlic breads, sandwiches featuring salt-cured meat and creamy cheese. Delicate fillers will sqush under the crust and seep out. Make sure to choose hardier meats and fillers.
Rye has a robust flavor with a chewy texture and dense structure. It pairs well for both sweet and savory ingredients.
Ciabatta has a crispy crust and a soft inside with a very airy structure. It is great to capture sauces, gooey cheese, and eggs.