"I like recipes like this flavorful sandwich that can be made ahead because they let me relax with family and friends after a busy day as a teacher," relates Patricia Lomp of Middleboro, Massachusetts. "Just unwrap, slice and enjoy."
There’s plenty of sweet and a little heat from the chipotle pepper in this family-friendly shredded beef. Add your favorite barbecue sauce or stir things up each time you make it by varying the flavor to see which way you like it best. —David Kleiman, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Here’s my twist on a classic. Creamy avocado, balsamic mayo and crisp salad greens make this version legendary in my book. For a lighter take, I often use turkey bacon. —Ami Boyer, San Francisco, California
“My family loves this casual mainstay recipe and, since it’s so easy to make, we enjoy it often. It’s great on the barbecue in summer. During winter months, I use the oven or indoor grill to fix it.” Andrea VanDinter - Prince George, British Columbia
Long live childhood favorites! I created this recipe for the 125th anniversary of a small town in Minnesota. They have a medium spice level, and people of all ages love them. —Barb Templin, Norwood, Minnesota
I was introduced to a similar cucumber sandwich by a friend many years ago. I sometimes add thinly sliced onions for a change of pace. Along with fruit salad, it makes a light summer lunch. —Karen Schriefer, Stevensville, Maryland
These pitas are a nice change of pace that pack a satisfying punch. Chicken, pecans and touches of honey and curry make this festive favorite just as tasty when wrapped in tortillas or served over crisp greens. —Marilou Robinson, Portland, Oregon
Combine two all-time lunch favorites into one and you've got this recipe from 15-year-old Tim Kettering of Newville, Pennsylvania. His mother, Robin, says Tim created the sandwich with dipping sauce to satisfy his love for pizza.