I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Steak & Cheese Sandwiches

Yummy, yummy, yummy.  I think this is an over the top sandwich.   It takes a little extra time to make but well worth the effort.  Make sure you use a good sturdy sub roll with this.

(serves 2)

*8 ounce rib-ey steak or filet
*1 teaspoon coarse salt
*1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
*2 tablespoons butter
*1/2 cup red onion, sliced thin into half moons
*1/2 cup red pepper, sliced thin
*1 cup mushrooms, sliced thin
*2 tablespoons steak sauce
*hoagie or sub style soft rolls, split horizontally
*4 slices of provolone or white cheddar cheese
*1 cup arugula, cleaned (or any lettuce you like)
*1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinaigrette
*roasted cherry tomatoes (optional)
*garlic mayo (optional, but oh so good)

~In a small bowl mix arugula & balsamic vinaigrette together.
~Grill or pan sear steak until medium rare.
~Season with salt & pepper.
~Let rest before cutting thinly.
~Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
~Add onions and sauté until caramelized, about 15 minutes.
~Add red peppers & mushrooms, stirring often, cook about 4 minutes.
~Add steak sauce and simmer to a glaze, about 2 minutes.
~Season with salt & pepper.
~Lightly butter roll and lightly toast in a skillet, butter side down.
~Spread toasted sides with garlic mayo.
~Set oven to broil.
~Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
~Place roll on on cookie sheet.
~Top sub rolls with cheese and melt open faced under broiler.
~Remove from pan & put on serving plate.
~Arrange steak on top of melted cheese.
~Evenly distribute vegetable mixture & roasted cherry tomatoes over steak.
~Add arugula.

Helpful Hint:
If you don't have any garlic mayo in the house:
`Peel 2 garlic cloves.
`Crush garlic clove, add a pinch of salt & macerate the garlic.  It will become a paste.
`Add garlic paste into 1/4 cup mayonnaise, a dash of pepper & some fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley or dried parsley.
`This tastes better after marinating for at least 1 hour.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:
`Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
`Place tomatoes on a cookie sheet in a single layer.
`Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes.
`Sprinkle with kosher salt & black pepper.
`Mix well.
`Bake for 30 minutes.

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