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Food history: loose meat sandwiches

I was reminded of the existence of loose meat sandwiches with the semi-recent The Good Wife episode.

Which reminded me of the restaurant specializing in loose meat sandwiches that Roseanne ran in Roseanne.

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Which made me wonder where this odd lunch creation came from in the first place…

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Ciabatta bread meatball subs

With below zero temperatures lately, all I’ve wanted is some serious comfort food. I’ve made this a couple times recently and it has really hit the spot.

It’s adapted from that neat little packet that comes in the Food Network Magazine – 50 Cranberry Recipes, 50 Bacon Recipes, etc. – this one was 50 Party Sub Recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • about 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 (16 oz) jar marinara sauce
  • about 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

A couple notes:

  • I used bagged ciabatta bread I found at Wal-Mart of all places. You could also use Italian bread.
  • As a general rule, if you have fresh herbs, do use them over dried. Four parts fresh to one part dried is the general conversion. 
  • Of course, this recipe could further exceed its awesomeness if you’re into making your own bread and own marinara sauce. But you don’t need to. By definition comfort food is supposed to be easy to make.

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Food history: the sandwich

Today, there is an endless array of possibilities with this quintessential lunch food item, but where did the basic concept of meat between bread come from?

Side note: I have included more pictures than normal in this post because there are just too many photos of sandwiches that looked too darn good not to include.

Much like with Thomas Jefferson and macaroni and cheese, there is one person credited with the invention of the sandwich, but that it isn’t quite the whole story. 

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Open-face fried egg pesto sandwich

This is a recipe I recently re-visted after seeing it on TV and trying it out years ago. The original recipe is here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice bread, toasted*
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • a generous spoonful of pesto sauce
  • 1 or 2 tomato slices
  • shredded mozzarella cheese, for sprinkling

*The original recipe calls for a thick piece of Italian bread that you fry in oil – if you just have regular sandwich bread, do not try frying it in oil, it will not work. Just toasting it works fine.

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Tangy turkey and Swiss sandwiches

A nod to AllRecipes.com for this recipe, which I have altered slightly.

I tried this for the first time about five years ago, and have made it every once in awhile since then. The important thing with this recipe is to use a hardy bread, otherwise the bread falls apart. I did not have the right kind of bread today, and worked around it, so it can be done, but. . .use a hardy bread.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices hardy bread
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 pound deli sliced oven roasted turkey
  • tomato slices (2 to 4 per sandwich, depending on size and preference)
  • Swiss cheese slices (1 or 2 per sandwich, depending on preference)

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