"For something that has almost unlimited potential," argues "The Minimalist" Mark Bittman, "the sandwich has become staid and unimaginative...mostly because we’ve allowed sandwich-making to become something that is either done by someone else or a task to be squeezed in between breakfast and taking the kids to the bus."And so, unsurprisingly, he offers an alternative. As in his "Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator" and the "No-Fuss Dessert Generator," a great sandwich is just a combination of great ingredients, thoughtfully paired and assembled.
Thusly, he provides suggestions for each of the essential categories - The Base, The Spread, The Centerpiece, The Garnish - an implores, "Choose an ingredient from each category. Or two. Or whatever you prefer."
Every 'Wich Way [NYTimes.com]
For ManMade's own tips, check out my original article The Five Commandments of Making Great Sandwiches