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Sizzling Steak Sandwiches

I got a fancy new skillet for Christmas this year and it’s brought on a real urge to cook (and eat!) cowboy food.  Baked beans, cornbread, steak sandwiches……So I consulted my favourite cowboy/lady food blog and got the inspiration for these handsome fellas.

Start by frying up an onion in a whole bunch of butter.

Fried Onions

Then fry up some tenderized and seasoned flank steak, using the same pan/skillet.  Iron! Yum!

Sizzling Steak

Meanwhile, prep the buns.  I added a bit of garlic salt to the butter to really get that garlic bread thing going on.  Love garlic bread sandwiches.

Buttered, Toasty Buns

Pile the buns high with steak and onions.  You could add peppers too, that would be delightful.  And make this sandwich somewhat nutritious.

Steak Sandwich

Don’t forget the cheese!  Monteray Jack if at all possible, then put it in the oven to get melty and toasty.  Steak sandwich time.

Sizzling Steak Sandwich

Sizzling Steak Sandwich Recipe

1 whole large onion
2 sticks Butter
2 pounds tenderized cube or flank steak
Seasoned Salt (or Similar Seasoned Salt)
1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
Tabasco Sauce, To Taste
4 whole French/deli Rolls

1.  Slice onions and cook in 1/4 stick butter until soft and light brown. Remove and set aside.
2.  Slice cube steak against the grain. Season with seasoned salt to your liking.
3.  Heat 2 tablespoons butter over high heat (in same skillet) until melted and beginning to brown. Add meat in single layer. Cook one side until brown, then flip and cook until brown, about a minute on both sides.
4.  Add 1/2 cup (at least) Worcestershire sauce, 5 to 6 shakes Tabasco, and a bit more butter, to taste. Add cooked onions. Stir to combine.
5.  Butter halved French rolls and brown in skillet.
6.  To assemble, lay bottom half of French roll on plate. Place meat mixture on top, followed by a spoonful of juice from the pan. Top with other half of roll, cut in half



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Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwiches

My holiday indulgence and over-eating definitely extends to the week between Christmas and New Years.  Hence, the turkey sandwich on giant french bread with bacon, cheese and chipotle mayo I made for dinner tonight. Oh, and avocado.  There may also have been some fries on the side. A holiday glutton’s dream.  And an easy and delcious way to use leftover turkey that your in-laws send home with you 😉

These sandwiches were totally worth the pain I caused a stranger at the grocery store, when I grabbed the last loaf of french bread right before he went in for it.  He told me he was going for it too….I laughed awkwardly and slowly backed away with the bread in my basket…I know it’s Christmas and all and I could have let him have it…..but I had chipotle turkey bacon sandwiches to make!!  And, I’m cautiously optimistic that if the stranger had a chance to try these sandwiches, he would agree that the precious boxing day french bread went to a good home.

Sidenote:  I was half expecting the bread guy to chase me down the street and try to steal it from me, much like the infamous marble rye Seinfeld episode.  But I managed to make it home unscathed after all.

Here is how I put it to use:

Turkey Bacon Club ingredients

Lightly toast the bread and pile on the toppings.

Add some fries for a well rounded holiday meal.

Toasted Turkey Bacon Sandwiches

Chipotle Turkey Bacon Sandwiches Recipe

Leftover Turkey
Old Cheddar Cheese
Chipotle Mayo (Equal parts puréed chipotle peppers in adobo and mayonnaise, mixed)
Crusty, fresh bread

1.  Lightly toast the bread and cover one side of each piece with chipotle mayo.  Pile on the rest of the toppings and eat.

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Simple Super Sliders

This is greasy comfort food at its best.  Tiny salty, beefy, steamy, melt-y, onion-y burgers.  These require very few ingredients and are straightforward to make.  It’s the combination of simple flavours that makes these so delicious;  although if you were feeling ambitious you could serve them with fried onion strings.  Nobody loses in either situation!

So get all your ingredients ready and form the beef into small patties – a few tablespoons worth.  Indent the top of the burgers with your thumb – I forget why we do this, but that’s how I was taught!

Slider Prep

After sprinkling generously with kosher salt, place the patties in a medium-hot frying pan, and smoosh some thinly sliced onions onto the top.  Cover and cook for a few minutes, until very little pink remains.

Sliders cookin' up

Flip the burgers so the onions can get crispy, and then add the processed cheese.  It’s melty plastic flavour gets me every time.

Melty Sliders

Then add the buns so that they get steamy and soft and delectable, and the cheese melts and binds everything together in glorious burger harmony!

Slider Buns

It’s finally time to sink your teeth into these mini beauties 🙂

Greasy, Delicious Sliders

I’m certain there are more appropriate buns you could use for these, but these ones were cheap, and I love how soft they get when heated up a bit.  Besides, fancy buns might ruin these.  The common everyday ingredients are what make these so tasty!

Simple Super Sliders

Simple Super Sliders Recipe

1 lb high quality medium ground beef
Kosher salt
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
Processed cheese slices, broken into ¼ sections
Soft white hamburger buns
Canola oil as needed

1.    Form beef into small patties using 3 – 4 tbsp ground beef.  Indent top of patties with your thumb and sprinkle surface of burger generously, with salt.
2.    Heat oil in grill or frying pan, and place burgers in hot pan and smoosh a few thinly slices onion into each patty.  Cover and cook over medium-high for a few minutes, until hardly any pink remains in the burger.
3.    Flip burgers so onions get a chance to get fry and place processed cheese on top.  Place the bottom half of the bun on the burger, and the top half on top of that, face up.  This allows the entire bun to get steamy.  Cover and cook a few more minutes, until no more pink remains.
4.    Slide spatula under burgers and remove top half of bun.  Place bun on the underside of the burger and serve!

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Grilled Turkey and Brie Sandwiches

Odds are, you’ve got some turkey lying around.  How should you use it?  Well, you should put it on some fresh crusty bread, alongside some brie cheese, thinly sliced pear and cranberry mayo.  Then you should grill it so it gets golden and toasty.  Then you should definitely eat it.  Problem solved.

Fancy Turkey Sandwich Ingredients

Don’t forget that last part about putting the whole thing on a George Forman/panini grill. Or else it won’t look like this:

Grilled Turkey and Brie Sandwich

Grilled Turkey and Brie Sandwiches

Leftover Turkey
Brie Cheese
Thinly sliced pears
Cranberry mayo (2 parts cranberry sauce, 1 part mayonnaise)
Salt and Pepper

1.    Take as much as you’d like of each ingredient and pile it onto some fresh crusty bread.  Starting with the mayonnaise and then the cheese on top of the other ingredients to help the melty cheese keep everything together.
2.    Spray grill with oil or lightly butter outside of bread, and put on hot grill until bread is golden and the cheese is melty.

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Avocado and Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Once you’ve had avocado on your chicken salad, you’ll never go back. Every time you’re forced to endure an avocado-less chicken salad sandwich, you’ll spend the whole time thinking “Where is the closest grocery store?  This thing really needs some avocado!”

Often I find it’s easy for chicken salad to be  drowning in heavy mayonnaise dressing, but this dressing is light and the avocado brings an amazing creamy texture.  Also, the addition of chickpeas and diced tomato to the mixture help make it light, fresh and healthy. And you can absolutely use light mayonnaise and sour cream in the dressing to make it that much healthier.

The end product is a bit messy, but totally worth it.  Make this for a hearty lunch or a light summer dinner.  (If you opt for the dinner option, add wine :).  Or even at lunch, I won’t judge you.)

Start by mixing up the dressing, then put it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Chicken Salad Dressing

Throw everything you want to appear in the chicken salad into one bowl.  The possibilities are endless!  Usually I add celery because I like it’s crunchiness, but I didn’t have any this time around so I used snow peas instead.  It was delicious, and got me thinking that you really could add any vegetable you want to this mix.  I also used grated carrot, diced red pepper, and chickpeas.   Such a tasty way to get your veggies!

I also added chives from my “garden” (aka, a few planters on my 4′ X 4′ balcony), but again add whatever fresh herbs you have on hand.  It’ll add another dimension of freshness!  So much freshness going on in this sandwich!

Chicken Salad Mixture

Mix in the dressing and load it up on your favourite bread.  Bring a fork along to finish this sandwich….it can get messy!  Or you could stuff it into half a pita and reduce the mess, but I rarely pass up the opportunity to consume fresh baked bread.

I added a few slices of cheddar to this too, because I also rarely pass up the opportunity to consume cheese.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Attempt to fold it up into sandwich form, and dive in!

Chicken Salad on Artisan Bread

Avocado and Chicken Salad Sandwiches Recipe

2 large chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into bite size pieces
1 red pepper, diced
1 large carrot, grated
2 -3 stalks celery, diced
1 cup chickpeas
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
2 tbsp fresh herbs, chopped
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp sour cream
1 -2 tbsp lemon juice (to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

  1.  In a large bowl, combine chicken, vegetables, chickpeas and fresh herbs.
  2. In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and salt and pepper.  Stir together until completely mixed.
  3. Add mayonnaise mixture to chicken mixture, and stir until completely coated.
  4. Serve on fresh bread, or stuffed into a pita.

From:  G.I. Diet Cookbook

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Ultimate Burger

There is BACON AND CHEESE built right into this burger…..right there in the patty.  You don’t even have to work to get this goodness, IT’S RIGHT THERE!!  Hope I didn’t oversell that one.  But seriously, this burger is juicy and flavourful.  Because of the bacon fat.  And that’s the delicious kind of fat.

Here they are fresh off the grill, smothered in delicious homemade BBQ sauce:

Ultimate Burger, BBQ’d

Here it is, all dressed up with fried onion strings!

Ultimate Burger topped with Fried Onion Strings

Is this picture inappropriate?

Extreme Close-Up

They also worked out pretty well as part of a big cottage dinner:

Burgers at a dinner party!

Ultimate Burger Recipe

For the burgers:
3 lbs lean ground beef
2 cups aged cheddar cheese
¼ cup onion
¼ cup hoisin sauce
2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups chopped bacon
2 eggs
½ cup bread crumbs
3 tsp salt
3 tsp ground pepper

Optional glaze:
½ cup barbecue sauce
¼ cup hoisin sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1.    In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, cheddar, herbs, onions, hoisin, garlic, and Worcestershire.
2.    Sauté the bacon over medium heat until cooked through.  Add the warm bacon, including the fat, to the beef mixture.  Stir in the eggs, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.
3.    Once it’s well combined, form the mixture into eight evenly sized burgers and chill.
4.    Combine the barbecue sauce with the hoisin, honey and cinnamon.
5.    Cook the burgers on a very hot grill, brushing with the glaze each time they are turned.  Warm the buns on the side or top rack.  Once the burgers are cooked through, remove from the grill and brush once more with the glaze.

From:  3 Chefs

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