I simply adore sandwich wraps. Finally, a lunch I can manage to eat with one hand, while I’m reading a book or running and errand. The problem is, not a lot of places near my work carry wraps, so I’ve had to create my own. This quickly became an obsession. I was bringing wraps in for co-workers to try, making wraps at home for the kids every night, and even sending my new creations home with family members. During this testing process, I did come across some “duds”, but by far and large, most of the wraps I’ve created came with positive reviews. I began logging my favorites for my own personal use, and now I’m prepared to share them with the world! While some of these may seem pretty basic, remember, a wrap is after all just another type of sandwich, so I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel, but maybe perhaps, I can put a new spin on it! Before you get started, you’ll need to know the basic technique for wrap building.
First, start with either a burrito size tortilla, or a specialty wrap (usually these are located in the deli section of the store, or back in the Health foods section.) Spread a thin layer of whatever condiment or spreadable cheese your wrap calls for. Next, a thin layer of crunch, from lettuce, cabbage, etc and finally your meat, veggies, cheese. The key to filling a wrap is to lay it out flat, and only fill it about 2/3 of the way across, leaving an empty space about 1″ around the edges of the wrap. Now, time to roll! First, fold in the sides, then holding them in, start at the edge closest to you, and roll over and over, until it is completely rolled up. I suggest packing the wraps in a cling wrap, sealed very tightly.
1. Turkey Bacon Avocado in a Whole Wheat wrap with ranch dressing. Basic wrap base of ranch dressing, shredded lettuce, 3 slices of deli-style turkey, two slices of crisp bacon and one half of an avocado, sliced. Top with shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese.
2. Roast Beef, Arugula and Gorgonzola in a Whole Wheat wrap with horseradish Mayo.
Basic wrap base is 5 tsp. mayo with 1 tsp. prepared horseradish and a good pinch of black pepper. Combine, and spread over the wrap. Top with arugula, 3 slices of good roast beef, crumbled gorgonzola, and more arugula.
3. BBQ Chicken & Slaw in a Flour Tortilla. Basic wrap base of BBQ sauce, bagged cole slaw mix (the long shredded variety), and pieces of roasted chicken. Top with a little more bbq sauce. I use leftover rotisserie chicken for this one.
4. Thai Chicken Wrap in a whole wheat wrap. Wrap base is 2 T. crunchy peanut butter, 2 tsp. teriyaki sauce and pinch of crushed peppers and garlic powder. Top with bean sprouts, fresh cilantro & mint leaves, leftover rotisserie chicken pieces, and more of the peanut sauce. Top with chopped peanuts, and roll.
5. Baja Fish Taco Wrap in a flour tortilla. Using a 4 oz. piece of cooked white fish (frozen variety is fine), chop up into half inch pieces. Make wrap base out of 2 T. sour cream and 1 tsp. taco seasoning. Lay shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix over this, and top with the fish. Sprinkle sliced scallions over this and top with more of the sauce.
6. Peanut Butter & Banana Wrap. Using whole wheat or flour tortillas, spread a generous layer of peanut butter over the wrap. Top with Ã?Â¼ cup of Grape Nuts Cereal, and one large banana, cut into 1/2 ” pieces. If you want it a little sweet, drizzle about a tablespoon of honey over the bananas.
7. Thanksgiving Wrap in a flour tortilla. Spread about a Tbs. or so of leftover turkey gravy over the wrap, and top with about Ã?Â½ cup of leftover stuffing. Next put in several pieces of leftover turkey, and spoon cranberry sauce over this.
8. Strawberry Nutella Dessert Wrap. Yes, wraps can even be dessert! Spread a generous layer of Nutella on the flour tortilla. (Or a good chocolate hazelnut spread.) Top with crushed pretzels and sliced strawberries. The combination of sweet nutella, salty pretzels and tart strawberries is amazing!
9. The Ultimate Veggie Wrap in a Spinach Tortilla. Use a garden vegetable flavored cream cheese for your wrap base. Top with fresh baby spinach, sliced roasted red peppers (from a jar), sliced red onions, sliced shitake mushrooms and diced cucumber. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top, as well as a few dashes of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
10. Italian Trio with Provolone in a Sun Dried Tomato Wrap. Make the wrap base using 4 tsp. salad dressing and 2 tsp. Italian dressing. Spread half of this on the wrap, and top with your choice of baby spinach or lettuce. Over this lay 3 thin slices of Genoa salami, 2 thin pieces of ham & about 8 slices of pepperoni. Top this with two slices of provolone and sliced yellow banana peppers, if desired. Top with remaining spread and roll up.