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Best Steak Sandwich

best steak sandwich

Sometimes I cook things with leftovers in mind and sometimes the left overs are better than the original meal. Each and every time I grill up a steak I consider the leftover potential: a meat pie for one, steak and perfectly orange-yolked, runny organic free range eggs or … the best steak sandwich (in the humble opinion of this blogger).

What makes “the best” really the best? Highly subjective territory, obviously, but with this sandwich, it’s all about balance: sourdough bread, thinly sliced cold steak, creamy mayo and even creamier avocado and a drizzling of zingy, fresh, herbaceous chimichurri sauce to cut through the richness. You know how to make a sandwich so I won’t belabor the method here but after the jump you can see our house chimichurri recipe and get going on this lip smacking sandwich.  (more…)

Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich

 

Summer’s here!
At our house that means that time is at a premium in a way that is unlike any other time of year. Trips to the cabin, beach days, BBQs, after dinner swims, the list goes on and on. I find that summer gets us up earlier and into bed later, but somehow there’s no extra time – just more fun packed into long sunny days. How we cook and eat in the summer is the most ideal: fast, easy, fresh. Really, it’s an inspiration for the rest of the year, but  there is no busier, fresher and lower maintenance time of year to cook and eat than the summer months. I’m loving sangrias and smoothies these days, and almost anything if it’s in sandwich form – I want that speed, big flavor and the potential for portability, in case plans change, or crop up, and the meal needs to move with you. One thing I’m really digging is the resurgence in popularity of the banh mi, or Vietnamese Sandwich, affectionately called ‘Nam Subs around here. They are a perfect storm of flavor and texture and they can be re-interpreted to suit your taste or what you have on hand.

BLT with Avocado

I’m of the mind that adding avocado to whatever you’re eating is almost always a good idea. Maybe not on a banana split, or layered into a birthday cake, but salads, and obviously sandwiches are virtually always improved by a few creamy slices or scooped out curls of avocado.

Seriously, who doesn’t LOVE avocado?

The BLT, arguably one of the best and most popular sandwiches ever, is definitely not hindered by adding an A to it’s monogram. (more…)

Grilled Cheese with Walnuts and Spinach

Some things just deserve the adjective “classic”. The iconic ‘little black dress’ that almost every woman owns and feels fabulous in, an ice cold gin martini (shaken, not stirred) and Stairway to Heaven (on vinyl, loud enough to wake the neighbours) all come to mind. If you think of edible things (beyond the martini) a grilled cheese sandwich certainly fits onto that list too.

Some might say that ‘the classics’ shouldn’t be altered or updated. I think that’s all a matter of taste. This sandwich, for instance, is far from the classic grilled cheese. But what defines ‘classic’? I happen to know a few individuals who will tell you that the best, most ‘classic’ grilled cheese sandwiches are made with processed cheese slices. I am not one of them.

Since it’s all subjective, you may as well keep things interesting. This crazy sandwich certainly accomplishes that! The inspiration/recipe came from my Uncle Rick, who read about it in a magazine (not sure which one) and was interpreted for dinner recently by my Aunt April.  What makes it so good? So different? A few small tweaks and additions, but primarily the addition of ….walnuts!

Think about it: Nuts and cheese are great together. So are bread and cheese. So are spinach and walnuts. So are cheese and spinach. Theoretically, all these things should be fantastic together. It’s a no brainer.

I’m not going to walk you through a grilled cheese sandwich tutorial, but I will leave you with a few hints:

  • Don’t butter the outside of the bread, go for broke and use mayonnaise instead.
  • Toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan and chop them coarsely.
  • Put cheese on both sides and let it melt, open faced
  • Press the walnuts into both cheesey surfaces
  • Sandwich fresh spinach in the middle while the cheese and nuts are still hot so the spinach wilts
  • Don’t limit yourself to cheddar — get creative
  • Use a good grainy bread

So get out a pan, crank the Led Zeppelin and enjoy!