I recently had the idea of making rolled-up sandwiches with spinach leaves, cheese, and lunch meat to look like inside-out sushi rolls. Today for lunch, I finally made some for Aaron and me!
They turned out very pretty, I thought.
The ones in the top right corner were my first attempt – you can tell, because they’re a little wonky-looking! My technique improved as I made more rolls. Here is a recipe explaining how I made these – though they’re probably pretty easy to figure out just by looking.
Recipe for Sandwich “Sushi” Rolls: (Serves 2)
You will need:
- 4 slices of soft 100% whole wheat bread (I like Nature’s Own brand)
- Several baby spinach leaves, long stems removed
- 2 slices of cheese of your choice
- mayonnaise (Kraft’s light mayo with olive oil is yummy!), dijon mustard, and / or any spreadable condiments of your choice
- 8 slices of lunch meat of your choice, sliced very thin
How to do it:
- Trim the crusts from the bread (you can save these to make bread crumbs, or add them to pesto sauce, as I like to do). Squish a crustless slice of bread slightly between your hands to take away from of the fluffiness. Spread the mayo and whatever other condiments you are using onto one side of the bread.
- Place a few pieces of the stemless spinach on the bread. One layer is plenty. In the center of the piece of bread, place a thin strip or two of the cheese of your choice. I found that a strip of cheese down the middle rolls up better than a slice of cheese spanning the entire slice. Place a slice of lunch meat on top of the bread.
- Roll the slice so that the ends of the strip of cheese stick out at both ends of the roll. Be careful that all your sandwich fillings are tucked snugly into the roll! Sort of smoosh the ends together so that the roll will (hopefully) stay mostly closed.
- Slice the roll in half and place it on the plate pretty-side-up.
- Repeat this method until all your ingredients have been turned into sandwich sushi! Using four slices of bread and cutting each roll in half should result in eight little sandwich rolls, unless a few get eaten on their way to the plate (this happens).