Countdown to the Big Game: Sandwiches with Major Flavor

By: Rachel Trujillo

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

If you can’t agree on a winning team, you and your Super Bowl party guests can certainly find common ground on one thing — the fact that sandwiches are delicious (and satisfying) no matter how you slice ‘em.  And while traditional subs are never a bad idea, trying something a little different will take your party to the next level. Whether you’re piling on the spice or opting for something sweet, these unique sandwiches are sure to please any crowd.

Turkey Burger Patty Melt (pictured above)

There’s nothing like biting into a juicy burger hot off the grill to bring game-day bliss. But pair that patty with Gruyère cheese and two toasted slices of rye bread (like Guy Fieri does here), and you’ll never look back.

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Quentin Bacon

Ultimate Grilled Cheese (via Food Network Magazine)

Ina Garten proves that the only thing more mouth-watering than bread and cheese (and she uses Gruyère, Parmesan and extra-sharp cheddar) is the addition of thick-cut bacon.

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Tara Donne

Bobby Flay’s make-at-home version of this Philadelphia classic calls for paper-thin sirloin slices, a provolone cheese sauce, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and lots of peppers.

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Three pulled pork sandwiches aligned on a white platter in front of light pink flowers

These juicy sammies are easier to make than you think thanks to a slow cooker. Sandra Lee’s slightly sweet recipe (which only requires five minutes of prep) is great for feeding a crowd.

Ground beef, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing are the three main ingredients in Jeff Mauro’s simple yet scrumptious game-day sandwiches.

Jeff Mauro has perfected his potroast-style Chicago Italian Beef.

Jeff likes how sweet and spicy veggies (and his homemade hot giardiniera) add brightness to rich beef chuck eye roast.

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Yunhee Kim, 2011, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

This sammie puts a Caribbean twist on a Louisiana favorite by featuring braised pork and a pickled slaw.

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Chef Name: Ree DrummondFull Recipe Name: Breakfast of Champions SandwichTalent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Breakfast of Champions Sandwich, as seen on The Pioneer WomanFNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHYShow Name: The Pioneer WomanFood Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Breakfast of Champions Sandwich Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Breakfast of Champions Sandwich, as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHY Show Name: The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The big game might not kick off until later in the day, but there is no reason the party can’t start early with Ree Drummond’s hearty breakfast sandwich.

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Chef Name: Ree DrummondFull Recipe Name: Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesTalent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, as seen on The Pioneer WomanFNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHYShow Name: The Pioneer WomanFood Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHY Show Name: The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Don’t forget that not all sandwiches are savory — serve them for dessert too! Ree stuffs vanilla ice cream and chocolate candies between coffee-spiked cookies. Mixed into the batter, millet and flaxseed add a pleasant crunchy texture — perfect if you prefer your cookie sans nuts.

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