I know you've think you've had The Best Dill Pickle Sandwich before, but really you haven't until you've tried this version. The simple, but specific ingredients make this a winner. See this recipe made on video here.
I'm here to tell you that this simple, simple sandwich, will be just about one of the best things you've ever eaten. I know that's a big statement, but I'm willing to stand behind it. However, if you don't like dill pickles, then no, you won't like it. Sorry. I can't help you. Wait, is there anyone who doesn't like dill pickles?
I didn't realize how many people were obsessed with dill pickles (besides myself) until I posted my Dill Pickle Soup recipe. The Dill Pickle soup is an insanely viral recipe that sometimes gets one million pageviews per day. ONE MILLION. That is a crazy amount of web traffic and its popularity has taken my site down on several occasions. And it seems there is never a moment a handful of people are not searching for Noble Pig Dill Pickle Soup...according to the almighty Google.
The inspiration for that recipe and my love of dill pickles came from this sandwich. It's the sandwich my dad and I used to eat together with ripe, summer tomatoes from the garden. The juice from those tomatoes would run down my arms to my elbows and the tomato seeds would dry and stick to the sides of my face. It's the sandwich he made me after I would help him with yard work on Saturday mornings. It's the sandwich he made to cheer me up. It's the sandwich I dream about and crave above any other sandwich I have ever tasted. In fact, when I take a bite, I can still see him asking me...."It's good right?" Yes, yes it's good. It's so good, I cannot even tell you. And yet it's so simple, how is that even possible?
The dill pickle soup recipe brought up a lot of discussion in the comment section about peanut butter and pickle sandwiches and peanut butter, pickle and mayonnaise sandwiches. I did try those versions because so many of you said it was the best, but I'm here to tell you, this is better. This Dill Pickle Sandwich has so much more flavor...so much more. You must trust me, however I know there will be some naysayers.
Now, in order for you to taste the BEST sandwich, you absolutely have to use the best ingredients. And believe me when I tell you, I have tried just about everything to see if I could make this sandwich better. I'm telling you I can't.
I know there will be some of you who say you make the best pickles or this little shop down the street makes the best pickles and, well....those are pickles no one else can really find. And I am going to encourage those of you who feel that way to try your special pickles against the pickles I'm showing you here. I guarantee these will give them a run for their money.
Because it's not just the taste of these Claussen Kosher Dill Pickles, it's also their texture...the way they are sliced, the snap, the ridges, the pieces of garlic that are floating around in the juice. Combined it is a big part of what makes this sandwich so special. You must trust and try them for yourself. You can use another pickle, but you won't be tasting this sandwich.
These pickles are found in the refrigerated deli section of your grocery store and most of you should be able to locate them without issue.
Tomatoes. This is important. You cannot use an unripe tomato. You can not use a large, mealy, white tomato, which are most of the tomatoes you find this time of the year. What you see above are the only tomatoes I buy, NatureSweet Cherubs. I buy 2-3 (32 oz) containers every single week. We eat them like candy around here. They are delicious at any time of the year. It's one of our favorite snacks.
I keep them in a large bowl on the kitchen counter and every time we walk by, we eat a handful. Do not bother making this sandwich with an unripe tomato, it would be a total waste. In fact with so few ingredients, every ingredient needs to be perfect.
I have made this sandwich with just about every variety of bread. My dad always made it with white sandwich bread, that's what we had. And it's good that way, but not anywhere near as tasty with a really yummy, toasted English Muffin.
There are lots of brands of English Muffins out there, and they are not created equal. My absolute favorite brand is Bays. They come in a box of 6 and are found in the refrigerated dairy case of your grocery store, which is why you might not have seen them before. Look for them. I buy packages and packages at a time and keep them in the freezer. They are so good and thaw out perfectly.
One ingredient I did not mention here was mayonnaise. It's a must. If you don't like mayo, then this sandwich is probably not for you. And please don't tell me you used a lowfat version...it just will not be the same. There are only four ingredients to this sandwich, every single one is important. Anything else and it won't be this sandwich.
The English muffins must be well toasted with a nice brown color.
I slice my little tomatoes in half and place as many as I can on top of my pickle slices.
My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. In fact it's hard for me not to dig in while I take these photos. Even my husband is circling the kitchen like a vulture because he knows this will soon be his lunch. They are that addicting.
My hubby is one of those guys who claims it's not a meal unless meat is involved. He pretty much changed his feeling on that when it comes to this sandwich. He will happily turn down any meat dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner if I offer up these sandwiches as an alternative. It sounds crazy but I'm telling you, they are the best.
You will not be able to just eat one or two....I know. And if you have a crowd staying at your house over the holidays, this is an absolute perfect lunch idea. It's simple and will knock their socks off. Just make sure you have enough available for second and thirds.
And you better believe, this is the pickle juice I use to make my Dill Pickle Soup.
The Best Dill Pickle Sandwich
- 1 Bays English muffin, sliced in half and toasted
- mayonnaise (not lowfat)
- 2 slices refrigerated Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle Sandwich Slices
- 6 NatureSweet Cherub small tomatoes, sliced in half
- Toast English muffin until golden brown and crunchy. Apply a good smear of mayonnaise to each side of the English muffin. Place two dill pickles slices on one side of the bread and cover with tomato slices. Top with other side of English muffin.
- Serve immediately. It tastes best when English muffin is still slightly warm from the toaster.
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- Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
- Dill Pickle Popcorn
- Dill Pickle Hummus
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