Sometimes you want to skip right over the meatloaf dinner and go straight to the sandwich. In the summer you definitely want to go right to the sandwich because nobody really craves meatloaf and mashed potato dinners in July.
Just cold meat loaf sandwiches with ketchup on toasted bread.
So that is what I made.
I actually mix the meatloaf and try to bake it either later in the evening when the day (and therefore my kitchen) has cooled down a bit or if you are a morning person you could make and bake in the cool morning hours before it gets too hot.
Either way its nice to have a small meatloaf in the fridge for those sandwiches.
Standard Operating Meatloaf Procedure
I usually don’t get too crazy with meatloaf that is destined for sandwiches. Just ground beef, eggs, mustard and ketchup, chopped onions and herbs, breadcrumbs and a shot of Worcestershire sauce. Mix and bake till cooked through and a little crusty on the edges. Good thing there are 2 end pieces and only 2 of us or there might be some arguing!
Sometimes you stumble upon something so unique that you immediately and without any hesitation need to try it.
That’s how it was one Saturday morning when I wandered into D’Amici’s bakery. “what’s that round loaf of bread all about?” I asked. ‘cream bread’ was the answer. Apparently made with cream instead of eggs?? I am no bread maker and my mind was already racing with possibilities. I just had one wrapped up for me and ran home, stopping off only at the store to pick up a few ingredients…I had the perfect sandwich in mind.
The bread has a really even, dense but tender “crumb” and a mild flavor. It’s like a really good quality white sandwich loaf.
…please meet the BEST patty melt you ever had:
Caramelized onions, griddled beef patty, swiss cheese, griddled bread….. I can’t go on…
I have to go recreate this meal again, NOW!
Sorry mom , but I love a good steak sandwich! And this one was made by my husband so I love it even more!
He started by marinating a London Broil cut overnight in one of those “flavor injector” packaged marinades. It must a “guy thing” to use those, it just sounds masculine and impressive!
To prepare the sandwiches, he fired up the grill, cooked it perfectly, sliced it thin and added some grilled mushrooms as well before piling it all onto some toasted, cheesy-topped “scali” bread!
The only way this sandwich could be better is with some juicy sliced garden tomatoes
Isn’t it amazing how great neighbors can make all the difference?
Not only can I depend on them for great conversation over the fence, help snow-blowing the driveway, great cupcakes or the comfort in the knowledge that they would call the fire department should they see smoke, but recently… dinner. And not just any dinner. Home-smoked sausage and kielbasa, with sautéed peppers, and rolls to put it all on! All packaged and waiting for me after a long day at work!
Notice they even put up the flag on the box to alert us of our “special mail!”
My husband and I immediately assembled a sandwich and gobbled it down, forgetting to take another photo of the sandwich itself. But trust me, it was a looker!
THANK YOU GREAT NEIGHBORS!!
Some folks get flowers. Some get chocolates. Some just a card. Or maybe just something unexpected – a dreaded task done for them around the house or maybe a nice dinner.
For me – it was a sandwich.
My husband knows the way to my heart is through my stomach and the best sandwich for me always involves beef and tomatoes! Of course it being February in New England – the tomatoes are fairly pathetic but any tomato is better than no tomato in my book.
Broiled Steaktips with tomatoes, spicy pepperoncini rings and crumbled feta
For anybody following along…you might remember the last time I posted a love story about a very similar sandwich!
ok now you can bring on the chocolate……
If you are ever in Boston and happened to catch a Red Sox game than of course you would have enjoyed a delicious sausage sandwich from The Sausage Guy! (well maybe not this year :()
For anybody who may be unaware of this delicacy (gasp!) – this is an Italian style sausage (hot or sweet) grilled “low and slow” with sliced peppers and onions, served on a soft Italian roll. Purists tend to not put on any condiments, but yellow mustard is acceptable. Anything else and you are clearly from out-of-town.
Sausage was a favorite of my father’s and I inherited the love for “encased meat.” I am sure my future cholesterol levels will reflect this someday but for now I will enjoy it while I still can.
Such an easy thing to recreate in your own kitchen, in fact even easier on the grill! Plus I “stepped” out a bit and actually put a little “char” on the peppers – they are usually cooked on a flat-top or pan.
I happened to use yellow/green bell peppers, but red and green are a bit more traditional. A little time directly on the grill and then into the pan with the onions to finish cooking.
Nothing brings the neighbors (and your husband) out of the house faster than recreating the smell of Yawkey Way!
So next time the game is on, fire up your grill and get the sausages on. Be sure to toast the rolls and personally I like a little cheese on mine…you know the kind that melts really well – nothing fancy.
And now the “beauty shot!”
My story begins with a Ciabatta roll. Still warm from the local bakery.
Next a judicious amount of “submarine sandwich dressing” on both sides of the roll.
I like to put the delicious house-made roast beef from McKinnon’s against the dressed roll, so the spices and oil can blend with the meat.
Next up: Picante Provolone cheese. (I never skimp on the cheese!)
Shredded iceberg lettuce is the only way in my book. Take the time and you will be glad you made the effort. It allows the juices to circulate through the sandwich instead of acting as a shield!
Thinly sliced green bell peppers just really amp up the fresh flavor.
And of course the tomato. I have a problem I know, I am addicted to them.
For a little spicy, vinegar kick – my sandwich would not be complete without some Pepperoncini. If you have never had these little beauties than are not living right!
A little salt and pepper completes this affair for me. “Hey Sandwich King, eat your heart out!”
Now if you don’t mind I need to be alone with my lover.