Up Your Sandwich Game with These Showstopping Creations

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Chef Name: Jeff Mauro Full Recipe Name: Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese with Bacon Two Ways Talent Recipe: Jeff Mauro’s Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese with Bacon Two Ways, as seen on Sandwich King FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: Sandwich King Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Jeff Mauro Full Recipe Name: Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese with Bacon Two Ways Talent Recipe: Jeff Mauro’s Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese with Bacon Two Ways, as seen on Sandwich King FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: Sandwich King Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Is your cold-cuts-on-wheat sandwich routine growing tiresome? We hear you. Whenever we need a dose of creativity to liven up our bread-based meals, we turn to Food Network’s resident Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro. Here are a few favorite Sandwich King creations — some more over the top than others, but all guaranteed to never bore your taste buds.

In the ultra-decadent category, Jeff's grilled cheese sandwich is unlike any you've ever had. A helping of creamy mac and cheese makes up the super-cheesy filling, and crispy bacon adds crunch.

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Chef Name: Jeff Mauro Full Recipe Name: Buffalo Chicken Sub Talent Recipe: Jeff Mauro’s Buffalo Chicken Sub, as seen on The Best Thing I Ever Made FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: The Best Thing I Ever Made Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Jeff recommends using chicken thighs for these spicy, perfect-for-game-day subs — the dark meat lends extra flavor and juiciness. Serve the broiled, caramelized chicken on French bread with blue cheese crumbles, fresh veggies and Jeff’s Homemade Ranch Dressing.

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Chef Name: Jeff Mauro Full Recipe Name: Crunchy Fried PB and J Talent Recipe: Jeff Mauro’s Crunchy Fried PB and J, as seen on Sandwich King FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: Sandwich King Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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This isn’t your childhood PB&J, but it’s still downright comforting. Jeff takes this lunchtime staple to the next level by using raspberry preserves in addition to sliced bananas and potato chips, for crunch. The real surprise is in the sweet, crisp bread, which he dips in egg and cinnamon-square cereal before frying.

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Chef Name: Jeff Mauro Full Recipe Name: All-American Down-Home Patriotic Meatloaf Sandwich Talent Recipe: Jeff Mauro’s All-American Down-Home Patriotic Meatloaf Sandwich, as seen on Sandwich King FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: Sandwich King Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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This is a sandwich worthy of the dinner table. When making meatloaf, Jeff says, the key to juicy texture is to use one egg for every pound of meat you have. Once it's cooked, slice it and serve on potato rolls with crispy onions and bread-and-butter pickles — you can't go wrong.

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