The other day my son politely announced his school lunches sucked.
Was it the baby carrots? I rely heavily on baby carrots. They're so cute and so good for you!
Although he could do with fewer baby carrots, thank you, it was the same old, same old that was bringing him down.
My son, who has a pretty wide palate, was bored. Boring lunches are easy, but
brown bag lunches don't have to be boring.
With some help from chef restaurateur Bobby Flay, you can pack a lunch that your kid's friends will fight over.
Chef Flay, who's been associated with Hellmann's for three years, uses the mayonnaise to create flavor and interest in his signature sandwiches.
“I use Hellman’s to build layers of flavor. I love Hellman’s because it’s real simple food made from three ingredients – eggs, oil and vinegar. I use it as a building block to create lots of flavor,” said Flay.
Flay spoke with me recently to mark the relaunch of Hellmann’s virtual Sandwich Swap ‘n’ Share on Facebook. Through its Facebook game, Hellmann’s is donating $75,000 to Share Our Strength to stop childhood hunger.
"I love leftover turkey. For the holidays I’ll make a turkey for Thanksgiving and one for the leftovers," Flay said. "I take room temperature turkey leftovers, make a cranberry mayonnaise. It makes a fantastic next day sandwich."
Bobby Flay's Turkey Reuben
1/2 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 cups coleslaw mix
8 slices rye bread
8 slices Swiss cheese
1 lb. sliced cooked turkey
Combine 1/4 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, pickle, ketchup, vinegar and mustard with wire whisk in medium bowl. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Stir in coleslaw mix; set aside.
Top 4 bread slices with cheese, turkey, coleslaw mixture, then remaining bread slice.
Evenly spread outside of sandwiches with remaining 1/4 cup Mayonnaise.
Cook sandwiches, in batches, in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, turning once, 8 minutes or until golden brown.