Best Soup and Sandwich Combos for Dipping

As we move into autumn and the weather gets colder, people are looking for heartier foods. You can hardly do better than delicious soup and sandwich combos, which at their best, complement each other and create new taste sensations. Especially appealing is when soup can serve as a dip for sandwich, offering additional surprises to the palate.


Keep in mind that a great soup and sandwich combination needs to work together not only in taste, but also in integrity. When the sandwich is dipped in the soup, it should remain intact. If the sandwich falls apart (and into the soup), the full effect will be lost.

Given the dipping appeal, with soup acting like a sauce, it is easy to imagine a soup-sandwich combo as an appetizer for a special event. Jerry’s Kitchen, offering catering for Doylestown, King of Prussia, and elsewhere in the Philadelphia region, would be happy to discuss this idea in helping you plan your menu.

Here are some great soup-sandwich combos to try out this fall:

Grilled Cheese and Soup Options

The classic soup-sandwich combo is grilled cheese and tomato soup. The trick is to dress up this traditional combination in new ingredients and get even more flavor out of it. There are lots of great ways to re-invent grilled cheese, by using finer cheeses (mozzarella, fontina, or smoked gouda), better bread (multigrain or sourdough), and spices (like basil leaves and honey).

I don’t think you can go wrong with grilled cheese and hot, tangy tomato soup. Better if the soup is homemade than from a can or box.

Other soup options to consider are:

  • Tangy butternut (or sweet potato)-apple soup. Use granny smith apples for a slightly tart flavor.
  • Potato-leek-fennel soup, which is wonderfully creamy and makes an especially nice complement to a grilled cheese sandwich with a little more spice (like jalapenos).

Classic Soups and Sandwiches

There are some great cool weather soups which, every year, I just can’t wait to make. All go well with sandwiches.

Chicken and Matzoh Ball: One of my favorites is chicken and matzoh ball soup, which is a small miracle for its comfort and healing powers. While delicious by itself, you might consider pairing it with a Reuben sandwich, with its own amazing combo of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. Just make sure the sauerkraut is well-drained, so it doesn’t cause soggy bread.

Pea: Another favorite comfort soup of mine is pea soup, the thicker the better. A ham and cheese sandwich goes beautifully with this soup, and, like with the grilled cheese recommendations above, try making your ham and cheese with better cheese and breads.

Onion: Onion soup is super tangy and matches up well with roast beef. You might consider skipping the bread and cheese layer that typically covers onion soup, but adding cheese to the roast beef sandwich to help it stay together for easier dipping.

You really can’t go wrong with any of these combos. You can even mix and match the sandwiches and soups (why not grill cheese with onion soup, or roast beef with tomato)? There are just so many great possibilities.


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