Thursday, April 4, 2013
Mama Masha's kitchen - quick hits - hot sandwiches
Winter seems to be reluctant to leave this year. We've all had a few spring "teaser" days, but then it was back to freezing rain and snow. I don't know about you, but weather definitely impacts my culinary choices. In my world, cold weather is not conducive to eating cold foods. Maybe a little pasta salad or potato salad on the side. Maybe some sliced beets with onion salt and sour cream. But definitely not as the main meal. Here are a few sizzling substitutes for the lunch sandwich. You can pre-make them at home and then nuke them at work. Smoked Sausage Sandwich - Use a length of smoked sausage big enough to go across a bread slice. Cut it lengthwise and fry on medium heat. - Layer with cheddar cheese and relish on your favorite bread. (I used my home-made zucchini relish, but Mt. Olive relish is great too.) Enjoy! Barbecue Sandwich This one is for those times when you have two opened packages of lunch meat with a couple of slices left in each one. Let's say, you have sliced turkey and smoked ham. - Saute the lunch meat in a pan with coarsely chopped onions. - Just as the onions become translucent, add barbecue sauce to the pan, reduce heat to medium low and keep stirring, until all the lunch meat is covered with barbecue sauce. - Sandwich with cheddar or Monterey Jack. Baked Sandwich You'll need a hot dog bun or a hoagie bun for this. - Scoop out the middle of each half of the bun. - Mix the crumbs with chopped onions and ham and saute until the onions are translucent. - Get the mix out of the pan and mix with chopped cheese, dill, parsley and mayo. - Scoop the mix into the bun halves. - Bake on 350 deg F for 15 minutes.