To begin, cut your bread into cubes. Regular sliced bread will not work very well for this recipe, so try using the thicker, crustier varieties, like French bread, or denser types like rye bread. Once you have cubed the bread, you may toast it if you wish (pop it in the oven for a minute or two), or simply use it as it is.
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Next, cut the remaining ingredients into cubes of a similar size – just make sure the bread cubes are slightly larger than the other cubed ingredients. Cut the cheese and meat into even cubes – when you buy the meat at the deli counter, make sure you get 1/2-inch-thick slices. You can also incorporate bacon bits into your sandwich, if you wish – simply fry up some bacon, and chop these up into small pieces.
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Then, prep the vegetables. The tomatoes and olives need to be left as they are, but you can cut rough squares of lettuce leaf. The pickles need to be in sliced form, and if they are whole, simply cut small slices out of these.
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Now, start preparing your sandwich on a stick. Slide the sandwich fillings onto the bamboo skewer, alternating the meat with the cheese and vegetables. Once the skewer is loaded to your liking, slide a cube of bread onto each end of the skewer, to complete the “sandwich”, and add on a tomato or olive, to hold the bread in place.
You can make as many as you prefer, using the same method. For a kid’s lunch, two to three of these should be sufficient. If you are making them for a party, stick the skewers onto something that will hold them in place, like a rolled up ball of aluminium foil – guests can pick the sandwiches on a stick out themselves. Provide dipping sauces to go with the “sandwiches”, like honey-grain mustard, or a gourmet home-made version of ketchup.