The greatest thing since sliced bread.

We've all heard and probably used the famous adage, and as transformative as that innovation was, to me it leaves out half (at least) of the equation - that is, everything that goes between those slices.

Yes, I'm talking about the sandwich. Without the filling, all you have with sliced bread is ... thinner bread.

There are about as many reasons to love sandwiches as there are ways to make them. They're portable and you can eat them with your hands. They're fast, easy and cheap to make. Oh, and they're fun!

That's where these recipes come in. If your familiar brown-bag sandwich has left you feeling kind of blue, fear not. We took five classic lunch sandwiches and gave them a boost. These updates won't make them unrecognizable or twee, but they will make them taste fresh, flavorful and special.

Ready to assemble? Great. Try one of my custom creations and then start putting together some of your own.

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