Saturday, May 7, 2011

My spring sandwich creation

We've been in our home a lot this spring, thanks to some winter-like weather conditions.  So I've been trying everything imaginable to stay entertained- cleaning, re-decorating, organizing, and even cooking! Last month my cooking endeavors were pushed into a new area, thanks to the Family Review Network and Black & Decker. I, and a number of other bloggers, were selected to participate in an Ultimate Sandwich Recipe Contest. To help with my original creation, Black & Decker generously sent me their convection countertop toaster oven!

I'm madly in love with this little convection countertop toaster oven. It bakes, it broils, it toasts... and it all fits on my counter! No more turning on the oven just to make a few chicken nuggets or french fries for the kids- just turn on my Black & Decker and I'm ready to go! I even cooked a small pizza in there last week and was very pleased with the results.  This is a great addition to my kitchen.

Anyway, I've been using my little oven to experiment with some sandwich ideas, and now I have one that I am really happy with. So, without further ado, here's my recipe!

-Take one thinly-sliced (about ½ inch in width) piece of sourdough bread
-Add 2 Tablespoons light cream cheese (more or less to taste)
-Mix 1 Tablespoon marmalade with finely chopped fresh ginger to taste. More ginger=more spiciness (Note- most grocery stores carry finely chopped fresh ginger in a tube, which is very convenient!)
-Spread the marmalade/ginger mixture onto the bread on top of the cream cheese
-Top with 3 (or more) pieces of deli-style sliced roasted turkey breast
-Toast in oven/toaster oven until everything is warm and lightly toasted, about 4 or 5 minutes
-If desired, top with more of the marmalade/ginger mix, and enjoy!

As I made it, my sandwich had 242 calories and 6 grams of fat. For a lower calorie option, you could use a lower-calorie bread or reduced-sugar/sugar-free marmalade, and fat could be cut further by using a non-fat cream cheese. Also, if you want a sandwich with a bit more zing, this recipe is also delicious if you use a mango-ginger chutney (such as Trader Joe's brand) instead of the marmalade mixture. 

Here are some photos of my creation- it tastes even better than it looks!

Happy eating!

Disclosure: This post was written for Family Review Network & Black & Decker who provided the complimentary product for participation in this contest. I received no other compensation and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone!


Healthy Branscoms said...

I have been wanting to get a toaster oven for awhile now. This has motivated me to doing so! :) Ha!

Maria said...

Oh yum, that sounds so good!