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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

3 Super Creative Sandwiches and a Pizzette!

Have you seen the 2015 food trends hot list?  Creativity, contract and convenience are the new watch words on the food scene this year and as we are becoming a nation of grazers, quick, portable and smaller Portioned foods on the go are replacing traditional meal occasions.

Adventurous sandwiches are tipped to become a hot trend in 2015 and Warburtons have asked me to come up with three creative sandwiches made with their Sandwich Thins to share with you.

Warburtons are a family bakery established in 1876 and actively run by the fifth generation of the Warburton family.  Warburtons Sandwich Thins come in four different types: White, Half and Half, Brown and Seeded and as an extra bonus, they are only 100 Kcal per thin.

First up is a real gourmet sandwich, this would be equally good for vegetarians without the chicken as there is so much flavour in the rest of the ingredients.

Chicken, Avocado, Mozzarella, Pepper and Spinach
1 chicken breast, 2 avocados, 1 Mozzarella ball and about half a jar of peppers and a handful of baby spinach will make four sandwiches. 

1. Spread both sides of the Warburtons Sandwich Thins with mayonnaise.
2. Cover with slices of cooked chicken breast.
3. Top with slices of ripe avocado (if you are not going to eat the sandwich straight away, dip the avocado slices in lemon juice to prevent browning)
4. Add some slices of mozzarella and drizzle with a flavoured oil (optional)
5. Now add some Antipasti roasted peppers (drain most of the oil off on kitchen paper first)
6. Top with a few baby spinach leaves and cover with the top of the Warburtons Sandwich Thin

Sandwich two is ideal for children but would also make a great breakfast or post-exercise snack.  I used the Warburtons Brown Sandwich Thins for this healthy and filling snack.

Banana, Honey and Almond Butter Sandwich Thins
1. Spread one side of the Sandwich Thin with Almond Butter (peanut or other butter would also be good)
2. Top with a sliced banana, drizzle with honey and place the top of the Thin on top and cut in half.

Serve with milk and a comic!

Now for something warming, we ate these melts for lunch but they would also work for breakfast or supper, using chicken sausages means they are lower in fat, the beans add fibre and you don't need much cheese to create the 'melt' effect.

Sausage and Bean Thin Melts
Serves 3
4  cooked sausages (I used Heck Food Chicken Italia sausages), sliced
200g baked beans
50g mature cheddar

1. Heat the oven to 200C
2. Place the thicker base slice of the Sandwich Thins on a baking tray.
3. Top with sliced sausages, beans and thin slices of cheese.
4. Add the top of the thin.
5. Place another baking tray on top and put in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melting and oozing out of the sides.

My thoughts on Warburtons Sandwich Thins

  • They make excellent toast, we had some Thin toast with soup
  • Warburtons Sandwich Thins are handy to keep in the freezer and I was able to defrost them quickly in the microwave. They don't take long to defrost even without the microwave, if you lay them out on a wire rack. 
  • I took the Chicken, Avocado etc sandwich to work for my lunch and, although the oil from the peppers had seeped through to make the base a little damp, the Thins did not disintegrate as some breads would have done.  The sandwich still tasted great, but I would recommend eating them fairly soon after making. 
  • I did go a bit Sandwich Thin mad at the weekend and even turned them into 'Pizzettes', or little pizzas, usually I would use muffins (English Muffins) so these were a nice change and make a thin and crispy Pizzette.

I was supplied with Warburtons Sandwich Thins, received expenses and payment to develop these sandwich ideas. However, I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own. 

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At 21 January 2015 at 14:29 , Blogger Unknown said...

this is proper food porn... forget your fancy cakes and the like, a good sandwich with melty things on top is utter heaven in my book... love the one with beans the mostest!

At 21 January 2015 at 19:25 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Dom, the sausage and beans one was great but my favourite was the chicken, avocado and mozzarella, it was lush.

At 22 January 2015 at 20:51 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I'll go for the veggie version of the first one Janice. I do love avocado but I've given up sandwiches in favour of fresh smoothies at the moment.

At 22 January 2015 at 22:48 , Blogger Heidi Roberts said...

Love the little pizzas, I don't eat a lot of processed breadd but we love these little sandwich thins and it is great to see so many things to do with them.

At 23 January 2015 at 16:11 , Blogger GG said...

Love the banana and almond butter. I'm new to almond butter but having just discovered it I'm using it for everything. These sandwich thins are perfect for lunches and simple snacks, I might try putting them in the oven with a little oil and salt and crisping them up for dips. GG

At 23 January 2015 at 21:25 , Blogger Chris Half said...

They are all very gorgeous ... I prefer the avocado one, though ... no ... the one with almond butter ... no ... the one with the melting cheese. Ah, forget it, I have one of each.

At 23 January 2015 at 21:59 , Blogger Janice said...

Yes, you would enjoy the veggie version, enjoy your smoothies in the meantime.

At 23 January 2015 at 22:00 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Heidi, they are versatile

At 23 January 2015 at 22:00 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Amanda. I think I might try putting them in the oven too, great idea.

At 23 January 2015 at 22:02 , Blogger Janice said...

ha ha, they are all simple to make, so why not have one of each Chris!

At 23 January 2015 at 23:40 , Anonymous Helen at Casa Costello said...

We had pizza ones too! In fact we have them at least once a week. Love the sausages one x

At 25 January 2015 at 13:02 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous and creative sandwiches! They look delicious :)


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