Hot Sandwiches

Whether it’s a Panini or a patty melt, there are few things more delicious than a hot, crispy sandwich. We love to stack deli meats, cheese and veggies between slices of crusty bread before they get pressed to melty perfection. One of our all-time favorite hot sandwiches is this perfect Panini. Quick-cooked broccoli rabe, chopped Peppadews, thinly sliced provolone cheese and roast beef get layered on a soft hoagie and grilled until they’re perfectly toasted. Leftover eggplant or chicken parmesan can be transformed into a hearty lunch—we like to put a slice of mozzarella on the top half of each roll before building the sandwich. Find these recipes and more in F&W’s guide to hot sandwiches.

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Sausage Sandwiches

Sausage sandwiches are one of the best ways to take your favorite meaty ingredient on the go. You can make classic street fair food by layering a hero roll with Italian sausages and sautéed peppers and onions. Or make your sandwich breakfast style by topping a flaky biscuit with a sausage patty, eggs and cheese. Take your sausage sandwich anywhere your taste buds want to go. Here, our favorite takes on this hearty sandwich.


Find new ways to update the classic reuben with recipes for mortadella reubens with lemon aioli or a vegetarian version with smoky beets. Plus, check out F&W's variations on the sandwich with out-of-the-box recipes for creamy reuben chowder with rye croutons, a turkey reuben hash and more.

Roast Pork Sandwiches with Three-Cabbage Slaw and Aioli

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The trick to this luscious pork from Jessica Koslow of Sqirl in Los Angeles is browning the meat first, then wrapping it in heavy-duty foil to roast. Slideshow: More Sandwich Recipes 

Sausage and Pepper Heroes

Be sure to buy sturdy (preferably semolina) hoagie buns for these loaded sausage and pepper heroes from master butcher Pat LaFrieda. Slideshow: More Sandwich Recipes 

Crispy Short Rib Cemitas with Chipotle Sauce and Pickled Red Onion

After braising short ribs until they're supertender, Food & Wine's Justin Chapple throws them on a grill to get them a little charred and crisp. He piles the meat onto soft crusty rolls slathered with garlicky mayo and smoky chipotle sauce made from the deeply tasty braising liquid.Slideshow: Short Rib Ideas

Pork Sandwiches with Garlicky Red Pepper Jus

Thinly sliced and spiced pork shoulder gets braised in a juicy red pepper–Vinho Verde broth until tender, then both the pork and jus get made into flavorful and delicious sandwiches from Chicago chef Abraham Conlon. The best rolls for these sandwiches should be crispy outside and tender within to hold those delicious braising juices.Slideshow: More Sandwiches

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Piri Piri Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Chef JJ Johnson of The Cecil in Harlem, New York marinates the chicken thighs for his fried chicken sandwich in Piri Piri, a spicy Portuguese sauce, for an extra layer of flavor before breading and pan frying.Slideshow: Fried Chicken Recipes

Mojo Pork Cubanos

Roy Choi's outstanding sandwich features slices of garlicky roast pork layered with grilled boiled ham ("American school lunch ham is great here" he says), as well as Swiss cheese and tangy pickles. You can substitute leftover roast pork for the Mojo pork shoulder Choi uses. Slideshow:  More Hot Melted Sandwich Recipes 

Hot Strip Steak Sandwiches

A good-quality beef or veal demiglace is the key to this flavorful steak sandwich from sommelier Rajat Parr of Fifth Floor.Plus: More Beef Recipes and Tips