It’s been a week since we got home from Savannah – a week since I ate at The Lady and Sons – we ate there for dinner but trying the sandwiches on the lunch menu is still on my Savannah bucket list. Unfortunately, the sandwiches on the lunch menu are not available during dinner hours.
One sandwich in particular sounded TO DIE FOR!! The asparagus sandwich- here it is as described on the Lady and Sons menu -
“Asparagus Sandwich $9.99
A New York Times favorite! Topped with jack cheese, purple onion and thousand island dressing on grilled pumpernickel.”
Well, once we made it back to Orlando I had to look up the recipe on Food Network.com and thought “I can do that!”
So yesterday I decided to give it a shot. I modified the recipe to make it a little more compatible to the tastes of Chad and myself. For instance, the homemade thousand island dressing in the recipe called for mayo, sweet pickle relish and ketchup. I used plain yogurt in place of the mayo, chopped sweet pickles instead of the relish and we only buy the ketchup with “no high fructose corn syrup”-( Hunt’s makes a healthy friendly version and tastes just like the ketchup grocery stores have always sold but with less calories and sugar than its traditional counterparts). In the future I would omit the hard boiled egg in the dressing and use vegan jack cheese slices to make it really healthy friendly without giving up any taste.
(By the way- if you choose to download the recipe for the asparagus sandwich- you can make 1/4 of the thousand island dressing instead of the full amount- it really made ALOT- enough for about 25 servings. Let’s just say that Chad and I will be eating our salads this week with thousand island…and maybe next week and the week after……..)
I also used marbled rye instead of pumpernickel as the recipe called for since Chad and I both love rye bread.
This sandwich – an upscale grilled cheese -was soooo delicious that I made another sandwich for us to split. The jack cheese and red onion added “punch” but didn’t take away from the flavor of the asparagus. The homemade thousand island dressing was perfect and a little went a long way to add just a little bit of flavor. The only thing that would have made this the best lunch ever would have been…..a side of fried pickle chips…..but we are trying to avoid high fatty fried stuff…..so maybe baked pickle chips next time?
Oh how I love experimenting and I really love when Chad likes what I fix. This sandwich will definitely have a permanent place on our own menu.
EDITED: Recipe has been added to recipe page under “Sandwiches”