A man can only go so long until the spontaneous urge to make a sandwich overtakes him. It started with a breakfast trip to the best bakery in town, Petit Chat Village Bakery. After having one of their amazing croissants I bought a fresh Tuscan loaf and had it sliced. It look great for grilling so I fired up the grill and made some grilled chicken and roasted a red bell pepper (which was surprisingly easy.)
I brought the food inside and used the electric grill I got for my birthday to make a panini. It was delicious.
The bread was large enough to fit a whole sliced chicken breast.
Inside is the pepper and chicken and cheese. MMMM.
- Two slices of Petit Chat Tuscan Loaf
- One boneless skinless chicken breast, seasoned, grilled and sliced
- A slice of Provolone cheese
- A slice of Colby Jack “Marble” Cheese
- Half a roasted red bell pepper
- a spread of Stephen’s Gourmet Fry Sauce
because sometimes you want to mix it up from the usual mayo.
My favorite butcher, Egger’s Meats makes some great sausages, so this Saturday I decided to re-visit my first extreme sandwich: The Italian Sausage sandwich.
This time I had higher quality sausage and made it a more manageable size. I toasted it under the broiler for a few minutes and man, was it good.
cooking up the tasty
look at the wires in background. LOOK.
split in twain
I decided to clean out my fridge a bit today and found various meats and toppings. Not enough to make a full blown extreme sandwich, but if I combined them together I could make something interesting on the fly. The results was an ugly, mean sandwich that was very tasty.
- Sliced turkey breast with pepper.
- Two slices of deli roast beef loaf
- Chunks of a breast from a rotisserie chicken with paprika
- One slice of cheap deli ham loaf
- A slice of onion grilled in a little butter with a clove of diced garlic
- Some Tilamook shredded cheddar cheese
- Two slices of whole wheat bread, buttered
- A little mayo
I decided to do a Extreme Spontaneity Sandwich! while at my parent’s house for Christmas. Not a giant sandwich, but it was tasty. My sister took the pictures with her camera phone. Leftovers, a rogue burner on my parent’s stove, and cracker dip conspired for the BBQ turkey roll.
– Leftover turkey breast, sauteed in olive oil and garlic, then cooked with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.
– Leftover wheat dinner roll
– Safeway Select Artichoke/Jalapeno cracker dip.
The cracker dip made an excellent condiment that contrasted nicely with the BBQ turkey.
Normally I wouldn’t be eating so unhealthy, (don’t worry oatmeal and lot’s of exercise in the future) but as you know, I’m using up those hoagie rolls from Fred Meyers! I was recently reading about the various types of hamburgers there are and I came across a winner. It’s called the smash burger and it betrays what I thought was the golden rule: touch the burger as little as possible once it hits the pan. The reason for this is you don’t want to poke it and let all the juices run out, right? Well hang onto your hats. Extreme Spontaneity Sandwich!
After reading about the smash burger I looked around and found a good guide on how to make them. Check out how to do it at the Paupered Chef: http://thepauperedchef.com/2008/12/the-smash-technique-and-skinny-burger-perfection.html
Update: I didn’t like the picture I had of my smash burger, so here is a pic that better illustrates the crusty goodness
– Leftover kaiser roll
– Two quarter pound smashed burger patties
– Two slices of cheddar cheese
What makes this sandwich extreme? The smash technique. Trust me on this.
Generally, I put about a week or two’s thought into one of my extreme sandwiches. They also often take a fair amount of time and a chunk of my weekly food budget to prepare. A desire not to waste food has brought me to a new category of extreme sandwich.
I present… The Extreme Spontaneity Sandwich!
So I needed a bun of some sort for dinner last night. Just one. Of course, you can’t buy just one bun at most supermarkets so I grab a pack of six hoagie rolls off the Fred Meyer discount baked goods rack. Only ninety-nine cents!
Not wanting to waste them, I bring the rolls into work for lunch the next day just to see what I could create. I visited the Safeway deli for lunch and grab a cooked cold turkey breast on sale and a medium pack of Orange chicken. Combining these two unlikely allies gave me the Sweet and Savory Orange Turken Sandwich. One for me and one for my co-worker. Amazingly, the two flavors work together.
– Leftover hoagie roll
– Chunks of real turkey breast, no skin.
– Safeway’s China Express Orange Chicken