6 Toasty Sandwiches Perfect for Dunking in Soup

Outside-the-(bread)box ideas you’ll love.

Whether you prefer paninis pressed to crunchy perfection or grilled cheese griddled until richly golden there’s one thing I bet we can all agree on; there’s no better way to eat a warm, melty sandwich than with a bowl of soup alongside. And, while gooey American cheese between slices of toasted white sandwich bread will always be my favorite sammy for dunking, there are so many others that are worthy of a dip — even when you’re enjoying a soup other than tomato.

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Like this one. Mild mozzarella gets a super salty upgrade with quick, homemade olive tapenade — making this panini the perfect partner for everything from chicken noodle to vegetable soup.

Photo by: David Katz, David Katz

David Katz, David Katz

Great with tortilla soup (or for kicking classic tomato up a notch) this sandwich brings all the flavor of jalapeño poppers with oven-roasted peppers and gooey Mexican cheese.

Grilled Turkey, Brie, and Apple Butter Sandwich with Arugula; Tyler Florence

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Feeling strange about dunking a sandwich with apple butter into your soup? Don’t. The sweet-and-salty qualities of this sammy are perfectly paired with rich, creamy fall soups like carrot or butternut squash.

The genius of this recipe is that it’s cooked in a waffle iron. That gives it a unique shape: one that’s full of pockets. And more pockets means more chances to scoop up all the yummy ingredients in soups like Italian wedding, mini meatball or minestrone.

Alexandra Guamaschelli's Croque Madame Sandwich as Seen On Food Network's Alex's Day Off

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Tara Donne, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Will the fried egg slide into your bowl when you dip this ham- and Gruyere-stuffed sandwich into soup? Probably. But, I’m not sure that’s a bad thing!

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Photo by: Quentin Bacon

Quentin Bacon

Tomato soup’s best friend just got even more delicious. Ina adds smoky thick-cut bacon, tangy Dijon mustard, and two different cheeses for a seriously savory grilled cheese.

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