Yum: Gourmet(ish) Sandwiches

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A friend gave me this gorgeous, seeded loaf of bread and what can you do with really wonderful bread except make a really wonderful sandwich?  And that doesn't mean going out and buying $20 of prosciutto (although that would be divine). You can elevate almost any sandwich with some humble ingredients.

See what they are after the jump!

It's onion and avocado!Blog - Sandwich 003Balsamic Onions: Slice a small onion thin, then sautee for 10 minutes with a tablespoon of butter and a splash of vegetable oil. Season generously with salt and pepper, then add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar and sautee for 5 minutes longer until the onions are tender but not mushy.

Smashed Avocado: Smash a medium avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper until you have a chunky spread.

Blog - Sandwich 019All I had was some sauteed chicken breasts, but that onion and avocado sure make it look fancy. In fact, these two condiments will make ANY sandwich better (except maybe tuna salad... but now that I think of it, that might still be pretty good.)

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So next time you're looking ahead to a week of dry, boring sandwiches in your lunch bag, try making a batch of balsamic onions and smashed avocado and see if you can't liven things up a bit. Happy Sandwiching!