Grandpa's 20 Favorite Southern Sandwiches

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

“I’m going to make myself a sandwich.” We can hear Grandpa saying that now. The best part of that statement is that it could be pretty much any time of day for making that sandwich–lunch, dinner, or an after-dinner snack. Sandwiches are some of our favorites for enjoying on the porch on a summer day or for packing up for a weekend road trip. And our sandwiches in the South are creative and sometimes unexpected. We have simple creations (let's stick to just mayo, please); seasonal superstars (pile on those tomatoes!); and over-the-top layered specialties. No matter your sandwich of choice, they all conjure up memories of joining Grandpa around the kitchen table enjoying his favorites. Here are 20 of Grandpa's favorite Southern sandwiches to try this year.

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Southern Tomato Sandwich

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Simply the best. There's really no better way to put it. This sandwich, which has a very short ingredient list, is best eaten over the kitchen sink.

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Pineapple Sandwich

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Pineapple and mayonnaise are pretty much Grandpa's version of PB&J. This is a very simple recipe that brings back memories of home. It's comfort food in every shape and form.

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Cornmeal-Crusted Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches

<p>Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless</p>

Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless

Celebrate soft-shell crab season the best way: with a crispy, fried soft shell crab drenched in spicy mayo and nestled between a soft bun.

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Mayonnaise Sandwich

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Super simple can often be the way to his heart. This two-ingredient sandwich stars the South's most beloved jarred ingredient – yes, we're talking about you, mayonnaise.

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Cuban Sandwich

<p>Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley</p>

Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Let's start with the right bread – and then pile on the roasted pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and pickles. How's that for a light lunch?

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Homemade Fried Chicken Sandwich

<p>Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Rishon Hanners; Prop Stylist: Christina Daley</p>

Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Rishon Hanners; Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

There's always room for a classic. While frying chicken might not be as easy as making a grilled cheese, follow our Test Kitchen tips and you will have a lunch that he remembers.

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Classic Southern BLT

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Monica Farber/Southern Living

As if we needed a reason to whip up a batch of bacon? This sandwich features juicy tomato, crispy lettuce, smoky bacon, and a garlicky mayo spread.

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The Masters Egg Salad Sandwiches

<p>Fred Hardy; Food Stylist: Margaret Monroe Dickey; Prop Stylist: Caleb Clarke</p>

Fred Hardy; Food Stylist: Margaret Monroe Dickey; Prop Stylist: Caleb Clarke

While you would likely love to head to Augusta to try this famous sandwich IRL, it's also pretty easy to make at home. Egg salad is definitely underrated and this recipe is famous for a reason.

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Cranberry Chicken Salad

Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Kathleen Varner
Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Kathleen Varner

Everyone loves chicken salad but why not give it a flavorful kick. Add bright and juicy cranberries to your next mixture and it will be extra tasty.

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Pork Chop Sandwich

<p>Stacy K. Allen; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely</p>

Stacy K. Allen; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

Why has the pork chop lost its popularity? We want to bring it back – and this sandwich shows its flavorful force. Add creamy coleslaw and apple butter sauce and you know why it's on the favorite list.

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Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

Grandpa is coming? Pull out the slow cooker for his favorite recipe, which stars a homemade Carolina-style vinegar sauce that takes the pull pork to flavorful new levels. Serve with an assortment of toppings like pickles, sliced onions, coleslaw, and plenty of extra sauce.

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Grove-Worthy Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches

<p>Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Stylist: Christina Dailey</p>

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Stylist: Christina Dailey

There's no need to be in Oxford to enjoy these tailgate top picks. In no time, you can make these sandwiches, which are made with toasted pecans and smoky bacon and garnished with a medley of fresh herbs.

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Fried Fish Sandwiches

<p>Greg Dupree, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley</p>

Greg Dupree, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

For the guest who loves their fried fish, this is the sandwich order for you. The combination of crispy fish, chow chow–spiked mayonnaise, Spicy Slaw, and buttery toasted brioche buns is a lunch idea that could be served at dinner too.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

There is always room for a classic grilled cheese. Especially if it's served with a hot bowl of tomato soup.

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Ham-And-Swiss Sliders

<p>Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox</p>

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

If Ham and Cheese on a Hawaiian roll are their go-to lunch request, then consider having a little fun and turning them into sliders. The combo of mayo and mustard gives them the perfect flavorful kick.

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Fried Bologna Sandwich

Monica Farber
Monica Farber

Bologna is making a comeback. Really! This fried sandwich gets a modern upgrade with a Creole/mayo spread, Texas toast, lettuce, tomato, and potato chips (of course!).

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Barbecue Turkey Sandwich

<p>Jennifer Causey, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen</p>

Jennifer Causey, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

We always talk about barbecue chicken, but turkey needs a little attention. It has potential to stick around beyond Thanksgiving. The coleslaw and barbecue sauce make this is a recipe to make on repeat all year long.

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French Dip Sliders

<p>Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Caleb Clarke; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall</p>

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Caleb Clarke; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Everything tastes better as a mini, right? Turn the beloved French Dip – roast beef, caramelized onions, creamy provolone cheese – into sliders for a great make-and-take lunch idea.

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Deviled Crab Melts

When they request "something with crab" this is the recipe to serve. Crunchy crostinis are topped with lightly spiced crab, fresh tomatoes, and melty cheese for an unexpected lunch sandwich.

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Greek Grilled Chicken Pita

<p>Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey David; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall</p>

Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey David; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Basic lunch? This one is far from boring. This sandwich is perfect for sitting on the back porch or enjoying watching a game: grilled chicken, tzatziki, lettuce, and tomato rolled into a flavorful pita.

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