Sandwiches take on a dense, luxurious texture and a deep crust when weighted in the pan or on the griddle with a heavy, cast-iron sandwich press. But if you want a pressed sandwich and don’t own a press, don’t despair. For a convenient alternative, fill a teakettle or saucepan with water and use it to weigh down the sandwiches as they cook. (Just remember to wipe the kettle or pan bottom before its next use.)
Did you go a little herb-crazy at the farmers’ market and are now left with a surplus? Use them up before they go bad by using them in place of lettuce or other greens to give your sandwich an unexpected flavor boost.
Instead of wrapping sandwiches individually when heading off to the beach or park for a picnic, try this easy (and less wasteful) method for packing them for transport. Stack prepared, unwrapped sandwiches in the bread bag that was emptied to make the sandwiches. You can even recycle the original tab to seal the bag shut.