Chipotle Pulled Pork Empanadas – Check out the Flaky Crust!


We’re not huge sandwich eaters here in the frugal household, We do, however have a few favorite things that we can’t seem to resist. While most of the below can’t make any health claims, my gosh are they good.



pretzel buns thumbnailBreads & Such: Some of these sandwiches are made with “specialty” breads. Links are provided in the recipes, but if you’re interested, check out my Bread page for others.



cornish-pasty-xxxCornish Pasties: These are wonderful pockets of pastry wrapped around a filling of potato, onion and thinly sliced beef. Passed down by Cornish coal miners, these are an experience.

Oven Roasted Hamburgers xDa Bomb Oven Roasted Hamburgers: So often hamburgers are a hassle and/or a mess, not so these! No standing over these burgers, no spatter, no dryness and no dangerous “char.”

Juicy LucyJuicy Lucy: The ultimate cheese filled burger, these are a famous Minneapolis specialty. This rivals anything I’ve ever had locally and the method will ensure the cheese stays inside! You’ll fall in love!

Reuben Sandwich xReuben Sandwiches: An absolute classic sandwich, not only inexpensive using left over corned beef, the corned beef cooked at home is much better than Deli Meat. Better than the original dinner.

Runza3 xRunza’s: Handed down for generations by midwestern immigrants, these pockets of dough were probably the inspiration for hot pockets. Of course, there is no comparison. Try your own variations on the filling.

kaltenbach farms zesty sloppy joesxZesty Sloppy Joes: Makes a huge amount, which great, because these are really good! Recipe is ideal for a party, planned left overs or freezer meals. Why not serve as sliders for a game day party?



arepa xxArepas with Chicken Avocado Filling: These Venezuelan beauties are known as Reina Pepiadais. Creamy, slightly tangy Avocado and Chicken fills the warm Arepa. This chicken salad is great on any bread.

Chicken Salad xChicken Salad with Dried Cherries & Pecans: This oldie but goody is marvelous in a sandwich and substantial enough for winter; use a Focaccia or Croissant to make it special.

Chipotle's Chicken Burrito thumbnailChipotle Chicken: My son is wild about it and orders the Chicken Burrito every time he goes, which is as often as he can get there. And he isn’t the only one that likes Chipotle. Here’s my version.

Greek Chicken Salad1Greek Chicken Salad: Full of fantastic Greek Flavors, a lightened up dressing, crunchy vegetables and a little Feta to bring the flavors home. Easy to make, especially if you plan ahead & use left over chicken.

chipotle-pulled-pork-empanada xxEmpanadas: These are made from Chipotle Pulled Pork & an assortment of gorgeous vegetables, but use my rules of thumb to make your own marvelous combinations. Freezes well.

Fruited Chicken Salad xFruited Chicken Salad: This is a fantastic dish for a salad or a sandwich – serve on a plate with a fork, though, just in case. A great use of a little left over chicken it’s an oldie but a goodie.

caprese xGrilled Caprese Chicken Sandwiches with Balsamic Glaze: The simple ingredients belie the huge flavors of this open-faced sandwich (but serve it on a regular bun if you must…)

Grilled Southwestern Lime Chicken xSouthwestern Lime Chicken: Just as easy to marinate one batch as several, stash a few in your freezer for easy no-brainer meals later. Great as a main dish entre, a sandwich or in salad.


egg saladEgg Salad Sandwiches: I didn’t used to use a “recipe” for egg salad, but then I was always fiddling with it…Here is the absolutely perfect combo of egg, mayo and seasoning. It makes one gorgeous sandwich.

Ham & Pork

cuban sandwich1Cuban Sandwiches: The Cubano is an amazing sandwich – it sounds so simple but there’s magic at work when flavorful Cuban pork, ham, cheese & pickles are pressed together!

ham salad xDeviled Ham: A spread for a sandwich or crackers this is one of my guilty indulgences after a ham.  Somehow, it doesn’t seem quite right to me to spread on anything but white bread.

pork tenderloin 2Iowa Pork Tenderloin Sandwich: A tender, breaded pork sandwich, gently fried to a crispy, crunchy deliciousness, based off an Austrian classic, this is a beloved diner food easily made at home.

pulled-pork xxxPulled Pork in the Slow Cooker: When you can’t smoke, consider making this lovely dish in the Southern way – use a rub! This set it and forget it method is so good, so easy.

Vegetarian or Meatless


falafel xFalafel Sandwiches: These are wrapped in a home-made Flat Bread. With a little prep, falafel can be waiting, ready for a quick fry and assembly – I often make the falafel the eve before, & fry day of.

Avocado Sandwich3Health Nut Avocado Sandwiches: Simple ingredients but this is a fantastic sandwich! The cream cheese and avocado pair together so well, the nuts for crunch & the sprouts keep it light.

Sparrow Tavern's Veggie Burger1 xSparrow Tavern’s Veggie Burger: A burger even carnivores love, ripped off from Diner’s, Drive-Ins & Dive’s. Truly delicious, crunchy outside, and a flavor so good you wouldn’t expect it!

wrap2 xVegetarian Wraps with Hummus: So simple, fresh and protein packed, these wraps are a salad on the go. The Hummus adds protein and helps everything stick together. Spice these up with seasoning or hot sauce.

Any Meat


Hot Broiled Sandwich xHot Broiled Sandwiches: A fun way to rework left overs from a Thanksgiving Turkey or a Holiday Ham. Raid your fridge and layer ingredients on an open-faced sandwich, top with cheese.

Light Hot BrownsLight Hot Browns: Another great way to take advantage of any left over Turkey or Ham, Hot Browns are layered with meat, a little bacon and vegetables and blanketed with a Cheese Sauce.

Fish & Seafood


Healthier Tuna Melt1Tuna Fish Salad or Tuna Melt: A kicked up Tuna Salad recipe with a great dressing, lightened just a bit, crunchy veggies and cheese, glorious cheese (but not too much!) These are like Crack! Great wraps, too.

Shrimp Po Boy x

Shrimp Po’ Boys: Adapted from a Tyler Florence recipe (he has deep Southern roots) these Po’ Boy sandwiches are out of this world. Better than any restaurant version I’ve had, anywhere.

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