Everyday Cooking

Manchego, Grilled Red Pepper + Potato Sandwich with Paprika Mayo

August 20, 2013

Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.

Today: With a little help from roasted red peppers and spicy mayo, potatoes become summer food. 

Manchego, Grilled Red Pepper + Potato Sandwich with Paprika Mayo, from Food52

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The first time I discovered a sandwich containing potato was in a tiny dive in Sunset Park. The sandwich itself was more of a delivery method for all of the yummy, soul-warming goodness inside, but the satisfaction -- and idea -- of a potato sandwich remained interesting to me.

This sandwich turns the potato into summer fare by tossing it on the grill with peppers. Hearty and filling, this sandwich combines the stature of a burger with a vegetarian meal (though a slice or two of Serrano ham would be delicious as a variation for the omnivores). Steaming the potatoes before grilling them allows them to cook more evenly, while the spiced mayonnaise keeps them from drying out and lends the potatoes its peppery flavor.

Manchego, Grilled Red Pepper + Potato Sandwich with Paprika Mayo 

Serves 4

2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (1 pound), sliced 1/4-inch thick
4 red bell peppers, cut into planks
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
4 sandwich buns, split
1 plum tomato, halved
4 ounces Manchego, sliced

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way. 

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.

Photos by Caroline Wright


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Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Soup Club, is a collection of recipes she made for her underground soup club of vegan and grain-free soups she delivers every week to friends throughout Seattle's rainy winter.


SunBunny October 1, 2013
We've got two big potato fans at this house. My daughter likes her potato taco's. I'll have to try the sandwich method here.
Aida M. August 20, 2013
Man, I wish I had packed this for my cross country flight today!
Marian B. August 20, 2013
This is so Spanish. I love it!
laurenlocally August 20, 2013
Yum and yum. Making this sandwich this week!