Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Recipe 14: The Ultimate Submarine Sandwich

Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite food is, my answer is always the same: sandwiches. From hamburgers, to open faced roastbeef, to clubs.

Far and above all, my favorite sandwich is the submarine. When we lived in New York, my dad would take us kids to West Point to watch the Army/Navy football games. I remember one time in particular when we stopped at a sub shop and I had my first submarine sandwich. This was probably in the late 1970s. I've been hooked ever since.

Having limited places to get a good sub, and being a little picky about my sandwiches, I've resorted to just making my own.

Here is my recipe for making a pretty decent sub. The ingredients are listed below:

3 rolls
6-9 slices genoa salami
6-9 slices hard salami
6-9 slices German bologna
6-9 slices honey ham
6-9 slices provolone cheese
1 tomato, sliced
shredded lettuce (approximately 1 cup)
1/8 green pepper, sliced
1/8 red onion, sliced
dill pickle slices
sweet salad peppers
sweet jalepeno peppers
black olives
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
dash of salt and pepper

Step 1: Slice rolls, but not all the way through. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Place rolls in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. They will probably be done before the oven is heated. You want them warm on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. I recommend slicing the bread BEFORE you heat it. It keeps the bread from clumping when you cut it.

Step 2: Chop the lettuce and slice the tomato, green pepper, and onion.

Step 3: Mix together the oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.

Step 4: Take the bread out of oven and open them up. Place meat, cheese, and veggies on the rolls, in that order. Spread mayo on the inside top of the roll. Drizzle mustard and dressing over the sandwich fillings.

Step 5: Use a long knife to help push back all of the filling as you close the sandwich. Cut in half. Add a green olive on a tooth pick to form a periscope if you want to have some fun...

Hope you enjoy it!

Sorry for not having any Thanksgiving recipes this week. With the baby coming around Thanksgiving Day, I think I am just going to let my dad and my mother-in-law do all the cooking. I'm taking a break.

Hope you all have a great holiday!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Recipe 13: Cheesy Rib Eye Sandwich

One thing my wife has consistently been craving during this pregnancy is Philly cheese steak sandwiches. I've been sent out to pick up many cheese steak orders and have made plenty of steak-um sandwiches over the past eight and a half months.

After cooking 2 ribeye steaks for dinner last week (one is enough for 2 people, by the way), we had a lot of leftover steak. The next day, my wife asked me to make it into a sandwich for her. Since I'm a nice, loving husband, I did as requested. She loved it and promptly took out another steak to defrost for the next day... Needless to say, I am going to be making plenty of sandwiches before this kid comes into the world. Or at least until the freezer is empty.

If you ever find yourself with left over steak, here is a simple recipe. The ingredients are below:

left over, cooked steak
chopped red onion (approximately 1 cup)
chopped green pepper (approximately 1 cup)
2 tablespoons butter
4-5 slices of provolone cheese
2 french sandwich rolls

Step 1: Heat 1 to 2 teaspoons of butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and green pepper. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Saute until onions start to turn brown.

Step 2: Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice rolls without cutting all the way through. Add to oven while it preheats. Leave in for 7 to 10 minutes. The rolls should be ready before the oven reaches 350. You just want them warm on the inside and a little crispy on the outside.

Step 3: Thinly slice the steak and add to skillet. Add a dash of salt to the meat. Mix well and cook until meat is heated through.

Step 4: 30 seconds before you are ready to remove the steak, cover steak mixture with slices of provolone cheese. Let it melt slightly, then and remove from heat.

Step 5: Open rolls and stuff the cheese, steak, and vegetables inside. Close roll and cut in half.

Keep plenty of napkins handy!

Ok, enjoy this recipe and I'll be back soon!


I decided to add this blog early because the baby's due any time now. I planned to do a Thanksgiving Day recipe for next week, but that will likely not happen. I have another recipe I made last week, that I will probably write tonight or tomorrow and post in the next day or two.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Recipe 12: Pan-Seared Rib Eye

Being on a tight budget, my wife always keeps an eye out for whenever Foodlion has steaks on sale. And then she gets me to buy a couple when I go shopping. We then put them in the freezer until we have a special occasion.

We've had two rip eyes in the freezer for about a month now. And my still very pregnant wife suddenly got a craving for them. Since it was too cold out to grill, I decided to cook them the way I cook T-bones: in the oven.

It's easy to do and the steaks don't need much added flavor. I would put a ceiling fan on or crack a window, though, because it does get a little smokey.

Here are the ingredients:

1 or 2 rib eye steaks (thawed)
High heat cooking spray

Step 1: Stick a cast iron pan or oven proof skillet into the oven. Then pre-heat the oven to 500 degrees.

Step 2: Sprinkle the thawed out steaks with salt and cracked black pepper. Once the oven reaches 500 degrees, take out the skillet (using an oven glove). Leave the oven on. Very lightly spray the skillet with cooking oil and put it on an eye set at high heat. If you don't have cooking spray, lightly brush vegetable oil on both sides of the steaks before seasoning them. Sear each side of the steaks in the skillet for 30 seconds each. This is the smokey part.

Step 3: Then immediately stick the skillet and steaks back into the oven. Cook both sides 2 minutes each for medium (3 minutes each for medium well).

Step 4: Take steaks out of oven and place on a plate loosely covered in tin foil for 2-5 minutes. This gives the juices time to come back.

The steaks go great with potatoes, steakhouse green beans, and a side salad.

If you happen to have any steak leftover, I'll show you what to do with it in the next blog.

And maybe I'll post the yummy green bean recipe another time.

Eat up!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Recipe 11: Spaghetti Sandwich

I debated about posting this one. It's too simple and some people might thinks it's a little weird. My daughter loves this "recipe" though, so I thought I'd share it anyway.

Whenever we have spaghetti, the next day I like to make myself a spaghetti sandwich. My wife thought I was nuts the first time I made one in front of her. My daughter, on the other hand, thought I was a genius and asked to have a bite. Now, every time we eat spaghetti, she asks me make her one. Like father, like daughter, I guess...

The ingredients are simple:

Left over spaghetti (I used the spaghetti from the last recipe, but added in some leftover taco meat)
2 slices bread. I prefer french bread. My daughter likes plain old white bread.
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning
Grated parmesan cheese

Step 1: Spread butter on toasted bread slices. Then sprinkle on a little garlic, a pinch of Italian seasoning, a touch of paprika, and a bunch of parmesan.

Step 2: Heat spaghetti in microwave oven. Then heap spaghetti on top of one bread slice and cover with other. Cut diagonally if desired.

Hey, don't knock it 'till you try it. Kids will love them. Best served on bath night, though.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Recipe 10: Basic, But Yummy, Marinara Sauce

This recipe for marinara sauce came from America's Test Kitchen, on PBS. My wife saw it on Tv one day, and wrote it all down. I didn't make any modifications to it, expect for cutting the garlic amount in half. It's an extremely delicious sauce. I've told my wife that I'd like to add sausage or meatballs to it, but we love the sauce just like it is... so I left it alone. For now, anyway.

Here are the ingredients:

1/4 cup grated onion
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 clove of garlic* (1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic). 
1 can crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh basil or 2-3 teaspoons dried basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
black pepper

*The original recipe called for 2 cloves of garlic. I just found this too strong for my stomach.

Step 1: Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Added grated onion and oregano and cook for 5 minutes or until onions are caramelized.

Step 2: Add garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook for 30 seconds. Then add tomatoes and sugar. Turn up heat to bring sauce to a boil. Then cover and simmer at medium/low heat for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Remove from heat. Add oil, basil, and a small palm full (approximately 1/2 teaspoon) each of salt and pepper. Stir well.

Step 4: Pour 1/2 of the sauce on your choice of pasta and mix well. Then top each plate with additional sauce.

It's great on spaghetti noodles with a small side salad and garlic bread.

My 2-1/2 year old loves it too, but she'll only eat it a certain way. I'll blog about that next time.

Enjoy! And thanks, America's Test Kitchen!