Sunday, July 17, 2011

Peaches and lettuce make
this sandwich 'refreshing'

Refreshing isn’t often a word associated with sandwiches.
   But it’s the word I used to describe Peach, Pancetta, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches (click for the recipe).
   “Those sandwiches were refreshing,” I said to my husband after we finished eating them. “There’s some sweetness from the peaches and coolness from the lettuce.”
   He agreed with that observation.
   We both agreed, too, that the sandwich was a nice weeknight meal. It was quick to put together, and only requires turning on the oven for a few minutes, a blessing on a summer evening.
   The sandwiches are like an extra-summery twist on a BLT, with pancetta, a type of thin Italian bacon, standing in for standard bacon.
   My husband, who made the sandwiches, varied the amounts of the fillings called for in the recipe as he saw fit. He rightly observed the recipe seemed to call for an awful lot of pancetta, so he cut it back to about half.
   But he also felt another peach was needed, so he added another.
   The recipe is good that way – the filling amounts can be varied according to individual tastes.
   The recipe calls for a baguette. We bought one that seemed suitably wide enough for a sandwich. Wide crusty rolls would work for the recipe – even hot dog buns.
   Pre-sliced pancetta is placed under the broiler and cooked until crisp.
   A baguette is halved and broiled until golden.
   Mayonnaise is spread on the bottom half of the baguette, then tomato slices, peach slices, pancetta and lettuce leaves are layered on top.
   The top half of the baguette is placed on top, and the sandwich cut into pieces for serving.

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