10 things you should be putting on your sandwich, according to chefs

Flickr/jeffreywwSandwiches don’t have to be boring.

Sandwiches are a popular lunch choice for a reason- they’re easy to prepare and they can be very versatile. Although you can’t go wrong with a classic peanut butter and jelly or a ham sandwich, there are a lot of easy and flavorful ways to jazz up lunchtime sandwiches.

Here are some delicious ingredients that chefs suggest adding to your next sandwich.

Add a crispy potato pancake inside a brisket sandwich.

Flickr/RuocaledYou can even use a folded potato pancake in lieu of bread.

“Jamming a crispy potato pancake inside a brisket sandwich always makes for an unexpected surprise,” Chef Vincent Olivieri, chef de cuisine at Fairway Market, and Fairway Café and Steakhouse told INSIDER.

The potato pancake sets the tone by adding sweetness to what will soon be a nice salty sandwich, he added.

Add flavorful ingredients to your sandwich spreads.

ShutterstockFried jalapeños can add some spice and crunch to any condiment.

“Take your normal sandwich spreads to the next level by blending in some of your favourite ingredients,” Oliveri told INSIDER.

He suggests roasting jalapeños and blending them into some mayonnaise with caramelised onions, cilantro, and lime juice for a spicy and acidic sandwich spread.

Go for a steak of roasted cauliflower.

Rasa Malaysia / PinterestIt works with eggplant, too.

To create veggie sandwiches that are just as hearty as their meaty counterparts, celebrity chef Dan Churchill recommended creating a “steak” of your favourite vegetable.

“Cauliflower usually gets all of the credit, but this works really well with something like zucchini, eggplant, or beets,” Churchill told INSIDER. “Slice it and cook in the oven with some olive oil and all your favourite seasonings. It creates the bite you’re looking for in a sandwich – without the meat.”

Add fried shallots to grilled cheese sandwiches.

joebielawa/FlickrFrying shallots can make them super crispy.

“I use fried shallots as a garnish for a variety of dishes and canapés, but I really love adding the leftovers to a grilled cheese sandwich,” said Chef Jessica Meter of Shultz & Ficher. They stay just crispy enough to add a bit of crunch and provide a really great umami flavour, she added.

Spread deviled egg filling on your sandwiches.

DariiaBelkina / iStockIt will add richness to your sandwich.

“Anytime I make deviled eggs, I save the extra filling and use it instead of mayonnaise on sandwiches,” Meter told INSIDER.

She said the filling contains the same ingredients as mayonnaise, but it has an added richness and thicker texture that can make a regular turkey club extra decadent.

Add pickled ramps to your sandwiches.

Flickr/notbruceleeThey have an onion flavour.

Ramps are a type of wild onion that grows in the spring in parts of Canada and the US. They are oftentimes pickled for a longer-lasting flavour.

“Obviously pickled ramps are quite seasonal, but I try to make as many jars as possible in the spring, and use them throughout the year on pretty much any sandwich you’d want,” said Meter.

Try adding mostarda on your sandwiches.

Flickr/dongkwanIt’s sweet and spicy.

“My secret ingredient is mostarda, a delicious sweet-and-spicy Italian chutney,” said Chef Andrew Halvorsen at Moto Deli in North San Diego.

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Get creative with preserves.

PixabayIt can add some sweetness to any sandwich.

“Preserves really go great on any sandwich,” said Nashville Underground’s executive sous chef Zach Sass. “It helps add another element of flavour that you don’t get from a condiment such as mayonnaise or mustard.”

Use pears for added crunch.

Helen K/FlickrSlices of pear can add a nice crunch to your sandwich.

“When people think fruit for a sandwich, they usually go for an apple,” Sass told INSIDER. But, he said pears can be a perfect ingredient for sandwiches, as they have crunch and add a wonderful bit of sweetness.

Use kimchi to add a punch of flavour.

Cristina Bejarano / FlickrIt can add a nice spice to your sandwich.

“Kimchi is another one of my favourite ingredients to put on sandwiches,” Sass told INSIDER.

Although most people eat it as a side dish, he said it’s an excellent addition to any type of sandwich as the flavours compliment mayonnaise and Dijon mustard well.

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