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#1012 - Chef Rob Plant - Autumn Sandwiches
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We usually don’t think too much about making sandwiches, which is a shame, because with a little imagination we can come up with some amazingly good food. We have a friend who owns a restaurant in Southern Maryland who is an ace at dreaming up awesome sandwiches, and that would be Chef Rob Plant of the Blue Wind Gourmet, down in Lexington Park.
The Blue Wind Gourmet is equal parts café, deli and wine shop. Rob is an ardent supporter of the Eat Local movement, and has many farmer friends in the community. He is able to work fresh local produce into his recipes by virtue of his creativity. A great example are his sandwiches, which offer surprising combinations of ingredients.
For Rob, the sandwich starts with the bread, and here he prefers either ciabatta or focaccia. Spreads are also a matter of creativity, with many being available commercially. Blending them, with say a homemade mayonnaise is a good option.
Finally, the ingredients are limitless. Many vegetables, such as squash and peppers, are used in their grilled form. Slices of assorted cheeses can add flavor counterpoints, and various greens add crunch.
One of our favorites involves grilled squash and red bell peppers, with slices of havarti cheese, topped with spicy mayonnaise, all served on a grilled ciabatta.
The Blue Wind Gourmet is located at 22803 Gunston Drive in California, Maryland (indistinguishable from Lexington Park). The phone number is 301-737-2713.