Halloween may have passed, but luckily November is famous for a few delicious food-based holidays of its own. Thanksgiving may get the most press, but it’s not the only excuse to chow down on delicious meals this month. November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, when we celebrate one of the quintessential meal options of our time — mostly by eating a lot of them.
But what if you’re still recovering from blowing your budget on Halloween decorations? Or trying to save up for a massive Thanksgiving feast? No worries; we’ve got tips on how to celebrate National Sandwich Day without breaking the bank.
If you’re really struggling (or just particularly bad at cooking), you can always hit up one of the stores offering free sandwiches today. But where’s the fun in that? The following recipes are all simple, tasty, and inexpensive. You won’t have to go hunting for exotic ingredients or artisanal additions to complete them. In fact, most of the ingredients are probably already in your fridge and cabinet. So get ready to make some of the most memorable and tasty sandwiches ever. And get ready to enjoy National Sandwich Day — on a budget you can live with.
1. Heirloom Tomato Tartines with Homemade Aioli
Don’t let the fancy name fool you: this sandwich is deceptively simple to make (and incredibly delicious to boot). If you don’t have any heirloom tomatoes on hand, the traditional sort will do just fine. The real star of this sandwich is the homemade aioli. If your kitchen appliances don’t include a mortar and pestle, you can cook up the aioli in a good old-fashioned food processor. Nobody will know the difference.
2. Bomb Ass Bagel Sandwich
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that bagel sandwiches are awesome. This recipe from A Cozy Kitchen tells you how to take your favorite bagel and dress it up at home with ingredients already on hand. All you need to do is buy your favorite bagel, then follow the simple instructions to create a drool-worthy (and inexpensive) tribute to National Sandwich Day.
3. Herby Egg Salad Sandwich
Feel like taking a classic sandwich and turning it on its head? Then you’ll go wild for this recipe from A Farmgirl Dabbles that takes traditional egg salad to the next level. It’s surprisingly easy to amp up this old-school recipe, and you almost definitely have the ingredients on hand. All you’ll need to concoct this masterpiece is some eggs (of course), and a whole mess of spices and herbs. The result is a savory, flavorful experience that you won’t be able to stop eating.
4. Easy Italian Sandwich
Have a ton of cold cuts crammed in the fridge, but not sure what to do with them all? Turn them into an Easy Italian Sandwich that will impress your family and satisfy your sandwich craving. A Pretty Life In The Suburbs outlines how to make them, complete with a savory vegetable spread. Everything this delicious should be this simple.
5. Balsamic Chicken Salad Sandwich
Looking for a quick and easy recipe that will let you use up the last of that leftover chicken? A Simple Pantry has got you covered, with a sensational (and criminally easy) twist on conventional chicken salad sandwiches. This inexpensive recipe is fast, flavorful, and a whole lot of fun. Who knew chicken salad could be so elegant?
6. BBQ Pork Sandwich
Do you prefer a piping hot sandwich for a cold fall day? Then you will go wild for these savory BBQ Pork Sandwiches from Budget Bytes. Packed with tons of flavor per bite, these sandwiches end up costing you a mere $1.52 each. It’s a great way to make the most of your meal budget and enjoy some sensational sandwich flavors.
7. Veggie Club Sandwich
Looking for a meat-free option? This Veggie Club Sandwich packs enough flavors that nearby carnivores will be begging for a bite. All you need to do is grill up whatever vegetables you have on hand, add a few spices and condiments, and you’ll have a killer sandwich. Best of all, you can clean out the vegetable drawer at the same time.