We have been very busy celebrating National Sandwich Month in August. There is nothing like a sandwich to make a delicious meal for my family when I am in a hurry. It is also our go to food when we plan picnics, hikes and a day at the beach. You know we have many beach days, and so we have ben trying out different sandwiches. Our favorite so far, only calls for 4 ingredients. If you haven’t had it, there is no time like now to Indulge in The Asturian Sandwich Recipe otherwise known as the Bocadillo Asturiano.
What is Asturias?
It is a region in the northern part of Spain known as the Principality of Asturias. This Spanish region hits the sea and it is known for a rugged coast. Oviedo is its capital city. Historically, Asturias is known as a symbol for the start of New Spain. This is because its King (King Pelayo) started the reconquest efforts against the Moorish invaders around 722 AD. It was also one of its Kings that initiated the pilgrimage of Saint James (la ruta a Santiago). Just like the heir to the British throne is known as the Prince of Wales, the Spanish royal heir is recognized as the Prince of Asturias. This fertile region has been home not only to the Asture (people from Asturias) but also to Celts, Romans, Iberians, and Vascones.
Food in Asturias – An Overview
Besides its fertile land and access to gold, Asturias is widely known for its seafood and fresh Salmon. Also, the region is known as “the land of the cheese” throughout Spain. In particular the Queso de Cabrales, a pungent smelly cheese of strong flavor. Other cheeses important to mention are the
- Afuega’l pitu
- Beyos cheese
- Casín cheese
- Gamonéu cheese
- La Peral cheese
The Asturian Sandwich Recipe – Bocadillo Asturiano
Easy, uncomplicated, and absolutely delicious, this Spanish cuisine sandwich will be a great way to upgrade your sandwich game! was the first one to be surprised at how much everyone in my family enjoys The Asturian Sandwich because the flavors can be a bit strong for some foodies. We discovered this sandwich before kids on one of our long weekend trips to Spain. The purist sandwich makers call for the famous queso de Cabrales to make this sandwich. Since we can’t get this extremely smelly and molded cheese on this side of the Atlantic that easily, we replaced it with blue cheese which gives it just about the same experience when you bit into it.
4 Ingredients for the Asturian Sandwich
Like most sandwiches, in under 5 minutes, you have a delicious delicacy to savor and share. Here is the recipe for The Asturian Sandwich:
- 10 slices Chorizo cantimpalo
- 1 Tomato
- 1 French bread baguette halved horizontally
- 1 cup Blue cheese
- Slice the baguette
- Open the bread and layer the chorizo and blue cheese
- Put in the oven for 3 minutes. Just enough to toast the bread and allow the blue cheese barely to melt (releasing more of the pungent characteristics)
- Remove from oven and add the tomato slices. You can choose to add more chorizo at this point as well.
- Seve and enjoy!
You can definitively skip step 3 and each the Asturian sandwich cold as well. It tastes just as good!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 890Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 2335mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 44g
This nutritional value estimate has been calculated by an app. Not by a dietitian or nutritionist
Inspiration to Celebrate National Sandwich Month
Yum, we love our The Asturian Sandwich so much that I make sure we never run out of our ingredients shopping at BJ’s Wholesale Club. I do get everything I need there, so it is not surprising I get to celebrate National Sandwich Month easily by visiting BJ’s. I love visiting the friendly folks at the deli who cut my meats and cheeses to my specifications every time. They also share samples with me to make sure I am getting what I want. Bread varieties are plenty at BJ’s bakery, and I love that everything is so fresh. Many times I have gotten warm bread that had just come out of their ovens.
Some other times, I like the feeling of “making” my own bread and reach for the frozen baguettes. I lose count of the different types of cheeses available. I am all smiles when I get to the fridge that showcases domestic and imported cheeses. It is inspiring and gets my creative sandwich ideas flowing. I also get all the ingredients for my open face tuna sandwich with capers and olives effortlessly at BJ’s!
Will you celebrate National Sandwich Month with The Asturian Sandwich?