As a teenager, I worked in a sandwich shop. I went veg, and that restricted my options a lot. But I’ve always liked the idea of tasty things squeezed between two slices of good bread. There are two go-to sandwiches I love over and over:
A burger is a sandwich after all, and Jeff Novick’s burger recipe makes awesome sandwiches cold. Hummus is the obvious bean spread, but currently I prefer white beans with artichoke hearts and greens.
Jeff’s Burgers were designed by the incomparable Jeff Novick, and can be varied to suit any taste. Several examples are demonstrated in his Burgers and Fries DVD. To make a sandwich out of one, vary the patty shape a little if desired, and put it on your favorite bread. I prefer Ezekiel or Alvarado St. whole grain bread, or ciabatta from a local bakery.
1 can kidney beans
1 can additional beans of choice, this time I used black eyed peas
1 C cooked rice
1 C oats, old fashioned or quick
2-4 T tomato product, tomato sauce, ketchup, salsa, or a combination
seasonings of choice: garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or pre made blend
Drain and rinse the beans and place in a large mixing bowl. With a potato masher, mash the beans until they break up. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. I like to get in there and really squeeze it all with my bare hands until I get the right consistency. Smooth it out and chill for about 1/2 an hour. Divide into 8 equal pieces, then form into balls and squeeze out into patties. Cook in a skillet for 5-8 minutes a side. They freeze well and make hot or cold sandwiches equally well.
White Bean Spread
1 can white beans
1 can water packed artichoke hearts
1 clove garlic
a couple handfuls leafy greens of choice, I prefer spinach and arugula
lemon juice and salt to taste
In a food processor, combine beans, artichoke hearts, greens, and garlic and puree until smooth. Add lemon juice and salt to taste.