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4 Gourmet Spins on Classic Cafe Sandwiches

The sandwich is one of the foundational pillars of a successful café. Sandwiches are easy, quick, and low cost ways to get customers fed and out the door in a short period of time. Because many consumers choose a café for a quick meal, a lineup of high quality sandwiches is the perfect option. 

Why Upgrade a Classic Sandwich?

Because cafes are popping up all over the nation, it is important to enhance your café's menu to set it apart from your competitors. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by creating a gourmet feel to your menu. When customers feel that they are sampling unexpected or unusual tastes in your cafe, they are more likely to pay higher amounts for sandwiches and sample your selections more frequently.  Of course, adding a panini press to your cafe equipment can take a regular cheese sandiwich and upgrade it in minutes, but to go beyond that here are four great gourmet spins on classic café sandwiches that could benefit your café.

Fig and Caramelized Onion with Egg Whites

Egg salad sandwiches may be classic café menu items, but many consumers have grown tired of this mayonnaise-filled concoction. Still, eggs are healthy food items filled with usable protein, so it's important to include them on the menu. You can add a gourmet touch to a classic egg sandwich by topping a fried egg with caramelized onions and fig jam. The sweet flavors of this sandwich mingle with the salty, savory egg for a delightful experience.

Cranberry Club Sandwich

The club sandwich has long been considered one of the staples of a high quality café. Still, many consumers grow tired of the traditional flavors found in this sandwich. If you're looking to put a gourmet spin on this classic café menu item, consider topping the meat and vegetables with a sweet cranberry jam or whole, dried cranberries. The tart flavor of cranberries is a perfect complement to smoky turkey and bacon and creamy mayonnaise.

Gourmet Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken salad is a café favorite. This wet salad can be served on a bed of lettuce, but it is more commonly served as a sandwich filling. There are hundreds of recipes for chicken salad. You can choose a savory version with onion and tarragon or create a sweet and salty version with toasted almonds, grapes and apples. For a gourmet spin, put the filling on a buttery croissant rather than between two slices of bread. The combination of flaky croissant crust and creamy chicken filling is a match made in heaven.

Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Gourmet Fixings

One of the simplest ways to upgrade a classic sandwich is simply to outfit it with ingredients that are unexpected. This is easy to do with a plain, simple sandwich like a roasted turkey sandwich. Choose high quality roasted turkey that is sliced fresh and pair it with two slices of high quality, aromatic, and flavorful bread. Fill the sandwich with unexpected ingredients such as sliced avocado, broccoli sprouts, homemade jam or jelly, homemade mayonnaise, artichokes, and other flavorful ingredients. A few simple additions can transform your plain roasted turkey sandwich into something spectacular.