Gourmet sarmies

2010-02-19 14:54

Heat in the kitchen: none

Level of effort required: some slicing and grating

BUY a selection of small rolls?– white, wholewheat and brown?– so

that guests can indulge in smaller portions and try more of what you have on

offer. Anything goes, but here are a few thoughts ranging from posh nosh to

comfort food.

Smoked Salmon and Rocket

A bit pricey but worth it. These look as glamorous as they taste.

Buy the best smoked salmon you can afford and plenty of rocket leaves, and

season with salt and pepper. This sandwich shouldn’t need condiments, just a

little butter on the bread.

The BLT

A classic. Cook streaky bacon in the microwave on a paper plate

with a paper towel on top until crispy (see, there’s no need to put the stove

on). Shred a head of fresh iceberg lettuce and thinly slice very ripe tomatoes.

TIP: To keep the lettuce from wilting put a bowl of ice cubes under

the plate it’s on. Serve with mayonnaise, preferably mixed with some Dijon

mustard to give it zing.

Camembert and Strawberry Jam

Slices of oozing Camembert cheese (leave it out of the fridge so

that it is gooey enough to spread) and chunky strawberry jam make delicious,

slightly posh, sandwiches.

Chicken, walnuts and ­apple

Buy a ready-cooked chicken and rip it into bits. Crush the walnuts

and grate the apple (granny smith is best for this). Mix the chicken, walnuts

and apple with some double-thick cream until coated and season with salt and

pepper. You can mix the cream with mayonnaise if you prefer.

Egg mayonnaise

B oil the eggs until cooked, dice. Chop up some fresh red chilli

(pips removed) and fresh coriander. Mix the eggs, chilli and ­coriander with

mayonnaise ­until lightly coated. Another ­variation would be to use hummus

instead of mayonnaise.


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