When Wes and I were in Charleston, eating our way through town, our children were at my mother-in-law’s house in Southport, NC. You could say that Southport is a cute, quaint, southern town. I had not been there in 3 years and Southport has grown. I had a few very delicious meals during our short visit there. But the one that I keep thinking about (you know how I like to obsess over good meals) is the lunch that I had at a little place called Baked with Love. I had a turkey sandwich very similar to this one. It had sliced turkey, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, lettuce, roasted red pepper and onion relish on a rosemary and olive oil bread. Served alongside of that was a perfect shrimp bisque and the best homemade pretzel ever to touch my lips. It was one of the best lunches I have had in a long, long time.
It is meals like this that keep me fresh in the kitchen. I came home and knew that I needed to recreate this delicious sandwich. I had brined a turkey breast with the intentions of using it for this sandwich. If I was really ambitious, I would have made a rosemary bread but I was in a hurry and I wanted this sandwich. Like yesterday. I have talked about my dislike of mayo and that was the thing that drew me to this sandwich in the first place. I like when a cafe or restaurant goes out on a limb and does something different that does not include mayo. I was surprised that I had no problem finding the relish in the grocery store. I knew that I could get one at the Harry and David store but was really happy to find it at my local Bel-Air. My bakery was out of rosemary bread, so I used a Dutch Crunch. Next time I will use a less doughy bread, but this was still a delicious sandwich. It was not the same sandwich that I had at Baked with Love but was so good and reminded me of that delicious lunch. I cannot wait to go back to Southport and have it again.
And the perfect sandwich is served. Next time you eat something fabulous try to recreate it at home. You might find that the result is just as good, if not better, than the original.Â Now if only I could figure out that pretzel recipe I would be in business.