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This sandwich loaf recipe will become one of your favorite weeknight meal ideas because it’s so simple and delicious, especially when paired with Alexia Sweet Potato Fries!
One of the things that I remember most about growing up was eating dinner together as a family. My mom didn’t cook gourmet things, but she cooked things that tasted great. And many of those things are the dinners that I cook for my family now. Last year I shared my all-time favorite meal, pizza loaf, and today, I’m sharing a variation on that: a sandwich loaf recipe.
Sandwich loaf is one of the easiest things to make, which makes it perfect for a quick family dinner and because it’s so versatile, I can almost guarantee that your entire family will love it. All you need is your favorite store-bought or homemade pizza dough and the meats and cheeses that you’d put in your favorite sandwich. If the pizza dough is refrigerated, make sure to take it out of the fridge to thaw for a few minutes before you begin rolling it out.
Our family dinners growing up were always well-balanced, never just sandwiches, so I do the same in my house. The sandwich loaf pairs perfect with my new favorite side, Alexia Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt. They give me that perfect sweet and salty flavor that I’m always craving, definitely a better version of your regular fries and so yummy alongside the sandwich loaf. I prefer the regular straight-cut fries but any of the other five varieties (waffle-cut, crinkle-cut, rub-cut BBQ, bite-size, or chipotle seasoned spicy) would be great as well! I just love that they’re made from real ingredients that are all natural, something that’s hard to find in frozen products!
Alexia Sweet Potato Fries are also great because they’re made of real, all-natural ingredients that you can feel good about eating and serving to your family. Just make sure to get them in the oven while you’re making the sandwich loaf; they take a little longer to cook than the sandwich loaf so putting them in a little earlier means that you’ll have hot and crispy sweet potato fries right when your sandwich loaf is ready to go!
The sandwich loaf looks harder to make than it really is. Start off by rolling out your dough into a long oval or rectangle shape. Once your dough is rolled fairly thin, put a layer of meat directly down the center of the dough, leaving about an inch of dough all the way around the meat. Add a layer of cheese directly on top of the meat, just like you would if you were making a sandwich.
Once all of your meats and cheeses are on the dough, use kitchen scissors to cut slits from the outside of the dough to right next to the meat, about 1 inch apart all the way around the dough.
Got that? The next part is a little tricky. You’re going to take one end of the dough and fold it on top of the meat. Then you’re going to take one of those 1-inch segments on the side and fold it across and a little backwards to connect it to the end piece you folded in. Repeat the same with the other side, always making sure to fold it backward toward the last piece you folded to create a braid. Repeat until you get to the very end of the dough.
When you reach the end of the dough, don’t fold in the final sidepieces. First, fold in the end piece and then fold the two sidepieces on top of the end so all of your cheesy goodness inside doesn’t all fall out of the end. Put your braided loaf on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes or until it’s golden brown on top. Remove it from the oven and rub butter on the top.
Serve hot along with your hot and crispy sweet potato fries and a fresh veggie like green beans for a well-balanced meal.
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Locations: St. Louis Taste Festival; St. Louis, MO
Location: Taste of Atlanta; Atlanta, GA
Details: 9/26 (12-7 p.m.) and 9/27 (12-6 p.m.)
Location: Great Grapes Wine, Arts and Food Festival; Charlotte, NC
Location: Annual Apple Harvest Festival; Southington, CT (Hartford)
Location: Head of Charles; Boston, MA
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