Here is a recipe for a traditional Armenian sandwich. It is a bit tedious to prepare but a valuable addition to your list of Armenian recipes. If you're having family over for the day, this is great for a light lunch. Try it out and see what you think.
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You should have most of these ingredients in your pantry at home:
- Three tbsp. of mayonnaise – you can use low-calorie if you prefer
- Three tbsp. of Dijon mustard
- One cup of sliced cucumber
- One cup of sliced tomatoes
- Shredded lettuce leaves, at least a cupful
- Two tsp of herbal salt
- 2 ounces of Neufchatel cream cheese, softened (try to use this brand if you can. Otherwise a similar one will do).
- Two large rounds of traditional Armenian cracker bread
There is some preparation required for the cracker bread before it's suitable to use for your sandwiches:
Start by placing a cracker bread onto a damp dish towel, just make sure it is clean, though. Spray the surface of the bread, using a small spray bottle so that it creates a mist over the bread. Do this until a "light glaze of water is noticeable on the surface of the bread." Cover it with another damp towel, and then place the second cracker bread on top. Mist this one in the same manner as you did the first one, but cover it with two damp towels.
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Next, remove the towels every ten minutes, turn the cracker bread over and mist the other side. Place the damp towels back on top of the bread and repeat this procedure after twenty minutes. Once you are finished, the cracker bread should be soft enough so that they can bend it, but without any cracking. You can repeat this step one more time if your cracker bread is not moist enough.
For your sandwich filling, place the mayonnaise, mustard, and cream cheese into a bowl and mix well. Spread your mixture down the center of the cracker bread, as a strip. You can now place your veggies in rows over the spread and add some salt. Once your cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce are in place, take one end of the cracker bread and roll it tightly.
When your sandwich is all rolled up, seal it with a touch of cream cheese. Repeat the process using your other cracker bread. To hold your sandwiches in place, use a toothpick and then slice them into 2-inch rounds. Then, simply pop them on a plate and they're ready to serve.
This recipe makes twenty sandwiches, an equivalent of five servings. Good luck and enjoy!