Every time I make the best sandwich I think to myself, Oh, wow. This is the best sandwich. And then I make another one, and it’s even better. And so on and so on. It’s a rough road.
So what makes a great sandwich, you ask? Well, let’s just say that it’s all in the bread. You can have the best fillings, but if your bread fails you, the jig is up.
Yesterday I made what is now the reigning* king of grilled sandwiches. It had all the elements: a fabulous bread, mashed avocado, spicy cheese, and grilled tomatoes.
What? Grilled tomatoes? Yep. I do not like raw tomatoes. At all. But sandwiches with tomatoes in them look really good. I got kinda jealous. So I rubbed some tomato slices with some olive oil, sprinkled them with freshly ground salt & pepper, and gave them a little grilling on my press before layering them into the sandwich. It was the perfect compromise.
And what bread did I use? My new favourite. Stonemill Bakehouse Chia Bread with 6 supergrains (slightly obsessed with Chia lately). This bread is just right for sandwiches – it’s got lots of texture and flavour, and it’s good for me too. Stonemill is the first company in English Canada to introduce vitamin D into their breads. The products that have the added vitamin D now have 25% of the daily value of vitamin D per serving (2 slices), which is considered by Health Canada as “an excellent source of vitamin D.” **
Some of the Stonemill Bakehouse breads that are a source of vitamin D, other than the Chia, are:
- Sprouted 3 Grains – 3 Grains & Oatmeal,
- 11 Whole Grains – Grains & Honey,
- 12 Whole Grains – Sprouted Rye,
- Omega 3 – Sprouted Flax and Sunflower & Walnut,
- Fibre & Fruit – Cranberry Pumpkin Seed,
- Flax & Chia – Supergrains
- Sourdough – Multigrain
- Sourdough – Classic French
- Sourdough – Hearty Bavarian Rye
- Sourdough – Belgian Whole Wheat
So what’s so great about Vitamin D? Commonly called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies make this fat-soluble nutrient when exposed to sunlight, vitamin D works with calcium to help maintain strong bones and teeth. It’s also important for normal muscle, nerve and immune system functioning. More recently, studies suggest that vitamin D may protect against colon, breast and prostate cancer.(1) New research is showing that vitamin D may also play a role in preventing or treating diabetes, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance and other medical conditions.(2)
We Canadians don’t seem to get enough sunlight, so we need to supplement our vitamin D through diet or vitamins. Since we eat bread every day, this is a great way to up our Vitamin D intake. Deliciously, of course.
So, then, how does the vitamin D get in there? Are Stonemill breads fortified? And the answer is no. The yeast used to leaven their breads has naturally occurring vitamin D. In accordance with the company’s values (Stonemill believes in the “3 P’s” philosophy: people, planet, prosperity.) there is no use of chemicals or synthetic additives. Think of it this way: the vitamin D would occur naturally in the yeast if it was left outside sunbathing.
Enough about how good the bread is, though. How about the recipe for the sandwich? Yes!
Avocado, Spicy Mexican Cheddar, and Grilled Tomato Sandwich
Serves 2 (or one hungry you)
4 slices of your favourite Stonemill Bakehouse bread
1/2 a ripe avocado
6-8 slices spicy Mexican Cheddar cheese (or your favourite cheese. This one tastes so good with avocado. Ask the cheesemaster at your grocery store.)
4 slices of beefsteak tomato
Olive oil, salt & pepper
- Heat up your indoor grill or sandwich press.
- Lay your slices of bread out. Mash half the avocado onto 2 slices. Lay half the cheese over top of the avocado.
- Brush the tomato slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place them on the grill and cook for 1-2 minutes until they’re beginning to soften but aren’t mushy. Using a spatula, top the cheese with 2 slices of tomato. Cover each with another slice of bread. Place on the hot grill and close the lid. Cook until the cheese is melty and you have nice grill marks on the bread.
Stonemill bread is primarily available in Ontario. They have limited distribution in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. If you have trouble finding the bread in your area, please reach out to Stonemill via their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/StonemillBakehouse?ref=br_tf and they’ll let you know if there’s a store in your area that carries their product.
*reigning in Game of Thrones terms, if you know what I mean.
**That’s almost as much vitamin D as what’s found in one cup of milk, and more than what’s found in egg yolks, fortified orange juice, or soy beverages.
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Note: In accordance with my disclosure policy, this post was generously sponsored by Stonemill Bakehouse. Recipe and love of sandwiches is my own.