From the molten yolk and bacon crunch of a hand-held breakfast, to the gooey charm of grilled cheese for lunch, nothing matches the simple pleasures of well-made sandwiches. They’re quick to assemble, infinitely adaptable, easy to eat, and immediately satisfying—the very definition of good food.

The 25 sandwiches you’re about to meet can be thrown together during the average basketball halftime or, with practice, during the seventh-inning stretch. (Who needs hot dogs, anyway?) Use each recipe as a basic road map, but bring your talent for finding creative routes. You’ll easily reach your final destination: a full belly and a satisfied smile.

Roast Beef with Horseradish and Cucumbers

Mix horseradish with enough mayo to make it spreadable, and smear it on whole-grain bread. Top with thinly sliced roast beef, thinly sliced cucumbers, thinly sliced onion rings (optional), and arugula or another spicy green to complete the effect.

Bistro Baguette

Grill a skirt steak (few foods are faster to prepare), while you caramelize (slowly sauté) some onions in olive oil. Layer the steak and onions on a baguette with watercress, sliced tomatoes, and mustard.

Smoked Salmon and Dill on Pumpernickel

Spread cream cheese or plain yogurt thinly on slices of pumpernickel bread; top with smoked salmon and fresh dill. Very thinly sliced lemon works magic here, too. Ditch the rind before adding.

Sushi Sandwich

Cover a rice cake or rice cracker with thin slices of sushi-grade tuna. (The tuna is easier to slice thin if you freeze it for half an hour or so.) Smear lightly with wasabi paste and then drizzle it with good soy sauce. Optional toppings include chopped pickled ginger or lightly toasted and crumbled nori seaweed.

PB, B & B 
(or, the Elvis Alternative)

Toast two slabs of crusty white bread, and slather them with peanut butter. Build layers of bacon and banana until the sandwich is a hunka burnin’ peanut-butter love. Then hit the gym. You’ll need to work this one off.

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