I tried it, so you don’t have to: Mayo on the outside of a grilled sandwich



Dementia runs much too close for comfort in my family, so when First born saw me spread mayonnaise on the OUTSIDE of my lunchtime sandwich yesterday, she could be forgiven for her moment of concern — and the laugh she quickly squelched.

I was trying a new way of making my favorite sandwich, an idea I first saw promoted at thekitchn.com. Spread mayo, not butter, on the outside of a sandwich to be cooked in a non-stick skillet, and enjoy a “delicious crust” with a “rich, slightly tangy flavor.”

Did it work? Most emphatically, yes. Watch your heat, because mayo browns bread more quickly than butter. But I liked the result well enough to make my favorite sandwich this way two days in a row.

That favorite sandwich happens to be slices of smoked turkey and pepperjack cheese on Italian bread spread (inside) with hot pepper jelly and mayo. Extra happiness can be yours if you include a couple slices of cooked bacon leftover from breakfast. Spread the exterior of the sandwich with a thin layer of mayo, and cook in a preheated, non-stick skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown on both sides.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz McCarthy says:

    I saw that same recommendation of using mayo on the outside! Glad to know that it IS tasty!…and since we are sisters, I, too, would see worried looks!!

    1. cookbookwall says:

      You should have seen the looks I got when I tested the idea of cooking bacon in a skillet with water. This Alzheimer’s dread is awful.

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