Five Sandwich Ideas for Distinctive Breads

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The sandwich is still America’s most popular meal. For handheld convenience that’s more than just fast food try using distinctive breads. We’ve profiled five breads and ways to use them for an unforgettable sandwich.

Ciabatta
This Italian white bread, made from wheat flour, water, salt, olive oil, and yeast, was created in 1982 in Veneto, Italy. It has a crisp crust, a soft porous texture and is light to the touch. Combine ciabatta with prosciutto, sliced figs, and a salty cheese like Fontina.

Focaccia
Another Italian bread, focaccia is flat, oven-baked dough similar in style and texture to pizza. It is often topped with herbs. Slice this bread in half horizontally and fill with hummus, chopped olives, and spinach.

Telera
Telera is a traditional Mexican bread roll known for its rounded shape, crunchy crust and soft inside. Slice this bread roll open and stuff with mashed avocado, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and sprouts.

Flatbread
A flatbread is made with flour, water, and salt. Many flatbreads are unleavened (made without yeast) although some are slightly leavened, such as pita bread. Many flatbreads can be used to make wrap sandwiches. Stuff them with ingredients like, turkey breast, parsley leaves, and top with Sriracha mixed with mayonnaise.

Panini
Panini is a grilled sandwich made from bread other than the sliced variety such as ciabatta, rosetta and baguette. It is cut horizontally and filled with deli ingredients such as meat, cheese, and vegetables, and often served warm after having been pressed by a warming grill.