Up Your Sandwich Game with these Tasty Additions

Words: Katrina Rose Wind

If you just don’t want to bother preheating your oven tonight and want something quick, yet tasty then you’ll probably turn to your old friend – the sandwich.

Sandwiches can be so much more than just bread, cheese and/or meat. Sauces and condiments is where it’s truly at, it takes that boring old sandwich and turns into a deli-style gourmet sandwich. Up your sandwich game with these tasty additions…

Chilli Crisp

Meet the condiment of your dreams – chilli crisp. This revelation has taken the internet by storm. Similar to chilli oil, chilli crisp is made by frying off shallots and garlic in oil and combining it with toasted peanuts and sesame seeds, chilli flakes and gochugaru (Korean chilli powder). Some recipes may include MSG, star anise, ginger; sugar and salt are also used to balance the flavours. Chilli crisp can add flavour and umami to some of your favourite dishes; it especially pairs well with eggs, noodles, potatoes – literally anything! 

We love it on these Cheesy Pretzel Roll Sliders.


Hummus is usually served with flatbread but this Middle Eastern spread tastes just as delicious added to sandwiches. This tasty spread is made from cooked chickpeas (deskinned for smoother consistency) and blended with tahini paste, paprika, ground cumin, lemon juice and olive oil. Enjoy it with flatbread, pita, tortilla chips or schmear it on this satisfying Melanzane Sandwich.

Why buy hummus when you make your own Healthy Homemade Hummus?


Okay, some of you might be hesitant already, but hear us out… kimchi is much more than just fermented cabbage, it’s filled with a variety of flavours that will take your sandwich to a whole other level. It’s made with a varying selection of seasonings including gochugaru or gochujang (readily available at your local Asian mini-mart), spring onions, garlic and ginger. Perfect for a fried chicken burger or a pulled pork sandwich.

Recipe for Kimchi

Red Onion and Tomato Jam


Close your eyes and imagine you just bought the most beautiful roast beef slices from the deli, you’ve got some warm ciabatta ready to go, now you slather some red onion and tomato jam and top it off with some provolone. Sounds heavenly right? That’s because this savoury jam is a game changer. Take it one step further and add it to a Reuben sandwich, an unexpected but welcome added flavour profile. Goodbye boring ol’ sandwiches!

Recipe for Red Onion and Tomato Jam

Baba ganoush


Baba Ganoush and hummus are always clustered as dips but they can be so much more than just a dinner party afterthought. It’s the perfect addition for vegetarian sandwiches and brings unexpected flavours that will leave you wondering why you haven’t thought of this before. If you’ve got some leftover roasted vegetables from last night’s dinner (think red peppers, broccoli, and yes, even aubergines) simply add it to some great whole wheat bread or even sourdough, and slather some baba ganoush. That first bite will instantly transport you to the Mediterranean.

Recipe for Baba Ganoush 

Pickled Red Onions


If you’ve been wondering how to mix up your usual toasted cheese ‘sarmie’ game, then we’ve got a great tip for you… pickled red onions. It will give your cheese sandwich a much needed touch of acidity and kick that you never knew it was missing. These pickled onions also go amazing with a bacon and avo sandwich. It’s sure to perk up your sandwich (money-back guarantee included).

Recipe for Pickled Onions

Beetroot Tzatziki

If you’re planning on making gyros for dinner, why not kick it up a notch with some delicious beetroot tzatziki? Yes, you read that right, beetroot tzatziki! Instead of using yoghurt, this uses beetroot, giving it a yummy flavour and a beautiful colour. Honestly, this can be used for a wide variety of sandwiches, not just gyros. Imagine adding this to a halloumi and chilli sandwich, just perfection at its finest.

Recipe for Beetroot Tzatziki


cooking hack

The spicier the better, amiright?! Sauces almost always taste better when they’re homemade and this sriracha is no exception. Imagine adding this bad boy to a chicken salad sandwich or a grilled cheese sandwich, almost makes your mouth water a little bit huh? This Thai hot sauce and street food condiment is firey and full of flavour!

Recipe for Sriracha

Whipped Feta & Cream Cheese Olive Salsa Verde


Not just a dip! Of course, this creamy cheese combo is going to be delish smothered on toasted baguette and topped with a zesty green olive salsa, but imagine adding this to your favourite sandwich. Add some roasted tomatoes or some smoked turkey slices in the mix, and you’ve got yourself a whole new kind of sandwich.

Recipe for Whipped Feta & Cream Cheese with Olive Salsa Verde


Peppadews are South Africa’s pride and joy – apart from rooibos of course. Peppadew peppers can make any sandwich taste amazing, but have you tried it as a sauce or even better, a salsa? Slather it on your favourite choice of bread, add some gouda and some salami and it will add a briny kick to a simple sandwich. You can thank us later!

Recipe for Peppadew Relish

Lemon & Rocket Pesto

When life hands you lemons, give a generous squeeze and blitz up some rocket to make the ‘besto’ pesto. If you’re one of those people that detest mayo, slap some of this spread on your chicken sando for a wholesome and refreshing bite. The rocket gives that peppery profile and the lemon lends just the right amount of zest. Sure, basil pesto is great, but this lemon and rocket pesto will take your sandwich game above and beyond!

Recipe for Lemon & Rocket Pesto

Looking for the ultimate sandwich? Check out our Sandwich Recipe Round Up.

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