Review: The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches

May 2nd, 2011

Delightful! Lovely! Those are the words that come to mind when I picked up The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches.

To be honest, I was a little apprehensive about this cookbook.  How hard is it to make a sandwich?  Do you really need recipes for them?

But this book surprised me.  Besides the gorgeous photos and a cute size, each sandwich has its history.    I’ve really enjoyed flipping through it and learning about the background of common sandwiches.   I loved the ingredient index at the  beginning- now if I’m looking for inspiration, I can compare what I have in the house to the index.

This is what I did to make the Kofta pockets- I only had to go buy some ground lamb.  The directions were easy to follow and the sandwich was great.  Overall, a really cute  cookbook!

Kofta Pockets
1 pound ground lamb
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup minced yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, ground into a meal in a food processor

1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. Using your hands, mix well until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or overnight.
2. When ready to cook, form lamb mixture into 1 1/2 to 2 inch balls. Preheat grill to medium. (or bake at 350).
3. Grill- occasionally rotating until evenly browned and cooked through. Bake- for about 20 minutes.
4. Serve in pitas with tzatzki sauce, tomatoes and lettuce.

Disclaimer: This cookbook was sent to me by the publisher free of charge.

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