As an Italian-American, I love, love, love garlic, tomatoes and basil, all of which are musts for good bruschetta. This recipe was created in celebration of the first tomatoes to come out of our home garden this year. —Gina Rine, Canfield, Ohio
At our house, low-and-slow recipes have to have kid and husband appeal, plus good marks for nutrition. This chipotle chicken wins in both categories. Use leftovers for zippy barbecue pizzas or burritos. —Tamra Parker, Manlius, NY
These pitas are a nice change of pace that pack a satisfying punch. Chicken, pecans and touches of honey and curry makes this festive favorite just as tasty when wrapped in tortillas or served over crisp greens.—Marilou Robinson, Portland, Oregon
Fun for a graduate's party, these easy sandwiches can be made ahead and chilled. Thinly sliced ham, turkey, beef and cheese are other options for the filling. I've also used halves of 6-inch tortillas to make smaller "diplomas." —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona
“I switched up my mom’s recipe to create this tasty variation. It’s delicious and perfect for warm days. It takes advantage of fresh summer veggies and keeps my kitchen cool.” —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia
I copied this delightful recipe when I was in Italy visiting my Aunt Elsa. The refreshing sandwich filling is nicely flavored with oregano and mint. I like it tucked into chewy pita bread. —Marcia Fuller, Sheridan, Montana
Caramelized onions, mushrooms and two types of cheese make these my favorite sandwiches. I invented them for a last-minute picnic by combining items I had on hand. They've been a hit ever since.
-Lynda Clark of Spokane, Washington
When it comes to food, I'm all about anything in a pocket—pita bread, bierocks, empanadas and more. These Italian-inspired turnovers are great for dinner and even better the next day. For smaller ones, use a single crescent roll with a level tablespoon of filling.
Ground chicken is perked up with onion, chopped peanuts and carrots for these delectable chicken burgers that can be served year-round. As Betty Carr attests from Huntsville, Ohio, “These sandwiches may take a little more work than the regular burger, but the taste is worth it.”
“I adapted this easy sandwich recipe after eating something similar at a local restaurant,” relates Sara Schurtz Gonzalez of Phoenix, Arizona. “Mayonnaise keeps the chicken so moist, and Parmesan cheese gives it delightful tang.” TIP: “Serve it with crispy chips for a satisfying yet not-too-heavy weekend lunch,” Sarah advises.
Summer's ultimate sandwich offers a yin and yang of special flavors and casual presentation. The creamy spread and heart-healthy avocado will light up your taste buds. Everyone I've shared this sandwich recipe with makes it over and over again. —Debbie Speckmeyer, Lakewood, California