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FRESH and Festive: The Big Willnowski

As part of our Some Like It Hot festival, we invited five local media celebrities to submit their favorite sandwich recipe for a little spicy competition in our Sizzling Sandwich Showdown.  The only stipulations were that the sandwich had to include some type of pepper and the ingredients in the sandwich could all be found at FRESH.  Other than that, we left it up to the participants to work their magic and develop what would become “the hottest sandwich in town!”

The best part about this competition is that we promised the winner a spot on our sandwich bar menu for 90 days.  Each time their sandwich sells, we will donate $1 of the proceeds to a charity of their choice.

For those of you who came out on August 25th and 26th, you were lucky to experience the magic of the demonstrations and sampling events.  The personalities were larger than life and the fan base loyal.

It was an intense competition but our friend Will Knous, BSCENE Magazine Managing Editor, came out on top.  Named  “The Big Willnowski,” this sandwich is simple yet delicious.  The two kinds of cheese mixed with all the fresh veggies makes it a true winner.  His charity of choice is the Literacy Council of Tyler, an organization that makes a huge impact on our community each and every day.  We are proud of Will and proud to support the Literacy Council.  So come on out and try his amazing creation!

Here is a bit about Will and his winning sandwich!

Will Knous was born in Tyler and raised in East Texas, graduating from Nacogdoches High School in 2001. He attended Texas A&M University and earned a degree in Journalism in 2004. He’s been with BSCENE Magazine since 2005, serving as Managing Editor for the last four years. Will learned both his love of great food and cooking skills from a family ripe with talented cooks, as well as from travels across the US and Europe. When he’s not working, Will enjoys playing sports, reading, film and cooking, of course.

The Big Willnowski

Butter with canola (spreadable)
2 slices oat nut bread
Champagne mustard, to taste
2 slices black forest ham
2 slices provolone cheese
2 slices muenster cheese
Cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
Red bell pepper, thinly sliced
Mild onion, thinly sliced
Tomato thinly sliced
Avocado slices (1 avocado = 3 sandwiches)
Red or green leaf lettuce

Lightly butter one side of 2 pieces of bread and toast in oven on broil (can do in skillet/hot plate). Turn over and toast other side, making sure both sides are toasted so neither side gets soggy later.

Spread mustard on both pieces of bread. Add ham on one side and cheeses on the other.

Bake until cheese is fully melted. Ham will be hot by then too.

Build sandwich on one side with remaining ingredients.