We thought we would never see it again….
No “stunts” used here (other than me leaning out a first floor window to take the picture) – this is 40″ of snow plus even high snow drifts that reached almost to the roof!
But eventually it came back to us…. and finally some decent weather to go along with it so I could get out there and grill up some yummy steak, asparagus and sweet red bell pepper!
It’s nice to drizzle on a little extra virgin olive oil, salt and fresh ground black pepper before presenting the platter of goodies from the grill!
When I grill meat – I grill some MEAT! I just feel like once I decide to grill I like to make it worth it and do a lot. Plus then you can eat the leftovers in all kinds of yummy ways… like on a sandwich.
Toasted bread and sliced tomato always makes the difference. A slice of salty Parmesan cheese would be nice here too!
I used a couple of cuts of steak and marinade simply with Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic. Be sure to let you meat warm up to just about room temperature before putting the meat grill so it will cook evenly.
If you are living anywhere in the Northeast you are ready for spring and yet as a cruel joke they are predicting an inch of snow today, on the first day of spring.
We are not talking about a lovely little dusting that will “pretty up” the sprouting Daffodils and Forsythia’s and melt real quick with the next day’s warming springtime sunshine.
No we are talking bone-chilling cold, a foot of snow still in my back yard and flowers that may never be seen again.
Now that I have done my daily complaining about the weather…. onto a happier subject: BACON!
I actually met somebody the other day who says she DOESN’T LIKE bacon?!!! I thought “no way” and “maybe she doesn’t eat it for dietary or religious reasons” and doesn’t want to say that. But after further discussion it seems that she just doesn’t like it. Not crispy nor chewy, not even the salty part. Just not her thing. It’s okay – I won’t hold it against her but this will puzzle me for a long time.
In the mean time all this bacon-talk has me hankering for my favorite sandwich of all time: you guessed it… BLT!
Extra B, Lite mayo please!
Fresh crispy iceberg and toasted white bread are a must. Winter tomatoes are sad but they are there – hiding under the pile of bacon!
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……