Steak Sandwiches With Provolone and Chipotle Lime Mayo

This tasty steak sandwich will make your taste buds sigh with delight. The shaved steak is marinated in an Asian inspired sauce and piled high on your favorite bread bun. Then there’s the melted provolone cheese that deliciously covers the tender, flavorful steak. It’s all topped with a tangy, slightly ( or not so slightly if you choose) kicky chipotle lime mayonnaise.

I like to use pre shaved steak that I find at my local grocery store. If you can’t find good quality shaved steak, you can ask your butcher or meat department at your local grocery store to shave some ribeye or sirloin steaks for you. You can also use skirt steak if you prefer. You can also cut the steak yourself. Wrap the steaks in plastic wrap and freeze 1 to 2 hours before preparing. This really helps in getting that thin cut of meat. Also, be sure to cut against the grain to insure tender meat. The marinade takes no time to whip up. The steak can marinate for a few hours or even overnight. The mayonnaise can be mixed together the day before so when it’s time to cook the steak, it’s all done in no time at all. These are great served with hot, crispy fries or your favorite potato chips.

Here’s what you need:

*1 1/2 LBS shaved steak

*1 TBS canola oil

*sliced provolone cheese.

*choice of hamburger rolls or any other soft rolls

For The Marinade:

*1/2 cup soy sauce

*1 TBS Shaoxing cooking wine; can substitute with dry sherry or Mirin

*1/2 tsp. sesame oil

*1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

*1 tsp. onion powder

*1 tsp. garlic powder

*1/2 tsp. Chinese 5 spice powder

For The Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise:

*1/2 cup mayonnaise

*1/2 tsp. chipotle powder or more or less to taste

*Juice of 1/2 lime

Mix together the ingredients for the marinade.

Place the steak in a zip top bag and pour the marinade mixture over it and seal making sure to get all of the air out of the bag.

Refrigerate and marinate for 4 hours or over night.

Mix together all of the ingredients for the Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise.

If not using right away place in the refrigerator until read to use.

Take the steak out of the marinade and dry with paper towels.

Heat a pan, preferable cast iron on medium high heat and add the canola oil. When the pan is hot add in the steak and spread in a layer at the bottom of the pan. It’s ok if pieces overlap.

Cook for about for about 3 minutes stirring often.

Spread the chipotle lime mayonnaise on to the bread rolls.

Pile the steak onto the bread rolls and top with the provolone cheese.

Serve while warm.

Enjoy!

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Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese

Sloppy Joes were a childhood favorite that my mom used to make on weeknights. But what happens when you combine sloppy joes and grilled cheese? The ultimate comfort food. This sandwich takes the saucy sloppy joe and tops it with gooey, melted cheese all nestled between two pieces of crispy buttery bread.

These are a great way to add a new spin to the traditional kind. You can use your favorite recipe as I did from one that I posted a while back for my Sloppy Joes. You can even use a pre made sauce that comes in a can if you’d like. Either way, these will make a great lunch or dinner for the whole family.

Here’s what you need:

*pre made sloppy joes; make sure it is warm and not too hot or it seems to melt the cheese too quickly.

*2 slices of bread per sandwich; I used sandwich bread but Texas style bread works well also

*sliced cheddar cheese

*2 TBS butter divided

Spread the sloppy Joe mixture onto one side of the sliced bread.

Place a slice of the cheese on top of the sloppy joe mixture.

Top with the remaining slice of bread. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.

Heat a non stick skillet or griddle to medium heat and add 1 TBS of the butter.

When the butter melts, place the sandwiches on the griddle, gently moving it around a little to make sure all of that side of the bread is coated in the butter.

Remove the sandwiches and add the rest of the butter. I know this seems like a lot of work and I’m sure that you are thinking, why not just butter the bread? I have done this both ways and putting the sandwiches in the melted butter seemed to make a more crispy, flavorful coating.

Cook for about 3 minutes or until the bread begins to turn golden. Gently turn the sandwiches over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and that side is golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy!

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Monte Cristo Sandwich

This is one of my hubby’s favorite sandwiches. Back in the day, you could find these in quite a few restaurants down here where we live, but now I think there is only one place that serves them. Which is a shame because how can you not love a sandwich layered with ham, swiss cheese, turkey, more cheese then dipped in eggs and grilled to perfection and lightly kissed with powdered sugar. It’s kind of like a hearty, deli sandwich that has been hugged between two pieces of French toast. So after hubby’s declaration of craving one for days (and he had me wanting one as well), I decided to make them.

There are variations of the Monte Crisco Sandwich. Some have raspberry jam, some have Dijon mustard and there are a few that have that extra layer of bread in the middle. I made this one with a little smear of mayonnaise and only two pieces of bread. Either way you make them, they are great for lunch, brunch (with mimosas, yes please!) or even dinner. If you have never tried them, you are in for a special treat.

Here’s what you need:

*2 slices white bread per sandwich; I used sandwich bread but you can use what you prefer

*2 eggs; this was enough for 3 sandwiches

*pinch of salt

*mayonnaise to taste

*sliced ham; I used black forest ham

*sliced turkey

*sliced swiss cheese

*2 Tablespoons butter

*powdered sugar

Beat eggs together with the salt; set aside.

Place a desired amount of mayonnaise on one slice of bread.

Layer several slices of ham over the mayonnaise.

Add a slice of cheese over the ham.

Place several slices of the turkey over the cheese.

then layer more sliced cheese over the turkey.

Spread on more mayonnaise on to another slice of bread and place on top of the sandwich mayonnaise side down. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.

Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add the butter.

Dip and coat both sides of the sandwich in the beaten the egg.

Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Remove from the skillet and lightly dust with powdered sugar.

Serve immediately and Enjoy!

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Italian Style Cheese Burger

This tasty burger is topped with warm marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese all over a juicy beef patty. The marinara sauce you can make from scratch or just use a really tasty one that comes in a jar as I did. Hide the jar and really, who will know. This gem of a burger can be a tad messy, but isn’t it true that the best kind tend to run down your arm a bit?

Hubby actually came up with this flavorful burger. He is an Italian food lover and an avid burger connoisseur and wanted to combine both. As many of you know, he doesn’t like to cook, but he can come up with some delicious meal ideas. Being the loving, hungry wife that I am, I will try and cook them into creation. Of course I have to add my own tweaks to them.

So grab some extra napkins and here’s what you need to make your own:

*1 lb ground beef

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*2 tsp. onion powder

*2 tsp. garlic powder

*salt and pepper to taste

*marinara sauce

*sliced mozzarella cheese

*hamburger buns

In a large bowl combine the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Form into 4 equal patties and make a dent in the middle. This keeps the burgers from rising in the middle while cooking.

Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat and add the patties to the skillet. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, flip them over and cook another 3 minutes or until they are done to your liking.

Place the slices of cheese on the patties.

(yes, there is one without cheese because you know, there is always that one that has to be different.) Cover the skillet and cook until the cheese is melted. Take the patties out of the skillet and place on the bottom half of a hamburger bun. Spread some of the marinara sauce over the cheese.

Top with the remaining half of the bun and serve.

Enjoy!

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Rotisserie Chicken Salad

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. It’s time for back yard gatherings, picnics, and spending more time with family and friends and less time in the kitchen. This chicken salad is so tasty and satisfying and can be put together in no time at all.

I like using a rotisserie chicken for my chicken salads. It’s so much faster and adds a little more flavor so I only have to add a few ingredients. This is tasty in a sandwich, a wrap or even by it’s self with some nice crackers and fruit on the side.

Here’s what you need:

* rotisserie chicken

*1/2 cup mayonnaise to start; add more to taste

*cracked pepper to taste

*1/2 tsp. dried dill weed and add more to taste

*1/4 tsp. celery seed and add more to taste

*1 TBS parsley or more to taste

Remove all of the meat of the chicken from the bones and discard the skin. You should get approximately 3 cups.

Chop into desired size pieces.

Place the chicken into a large bowl and add in the mayonnaise and the seasonings.

Mix all of the ingredients together. Taste as you mix and add more mayonnaise and seasonings if desired.

Chill for 30 minutes or more in an air tight container.

Serve on your bread of choice for sandwiches or scoop some out and serve with crackers.

Enjoy!

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Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Original Post Date: January 13, 2020

This is a throw back to one of my first few posts on what was then my shiny new blog. Whenever hubby and I crave a really cheesy, meaty burger this is still one of our favorites.

If you are craving a really cheesy, simple burger, then this is the one to go to. I made this a few weeks ago and it is rather messy, and definitely for a cheat day, but it is oh so good. I’m mean how can it not be….look at all that cheesy goodness. So here’s how you can make it.

Cheese Stuffed Burgers

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • onion powder to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire or more
  • sliced cheddar cheese (or any other cheese you prefer
  • desired toppings and condiments
  • hamburger buns

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onion powder, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form into patties.

Place one or two slices of cheese on top of one of the patties. Place another patty on top of the cheese and seal the edges of beef around the cheese. This prevents the cheese of oozing out of the patties while cooking, all though, some of the cheese does seem to make an escape. Continue this with the rest of the patties.

In a large skillet,( I prefer to use a cast iron skillet, but that’s just my preference.) heat until pan is hot, add patties and cook about 5 to 10 minutes on each side. Take patties out of pan and cover loosely with foil and let them rest for about 5 minutes.

Place on desired hamburger buns and top with your favorite toppings.

Enjoy!

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Breakfast Club Sandwich

Yes, It’s another breakfast post. You all know (my southern did almost kick in with the ya’ll) how much I love a good breakfast. Recently hubby and I really wanted breakfast out, but it was the weekend and we were feeling a bit lazy, so we did delivery from one of our local restaurants. They had a breakfast club sandwich on the menu. Of course I’ve had a baby club sandwich ( or club sandwich), even a chicken club ( both are my top rated sandwiches if we are keeping score) but a breakfast club? Instead of the typical turkey and ham with bacon, lettuce and tomato this was stacked with eggs, bacon, ham, lettuce and tomato layered between the usual 3 pieces of bread, well 4 pieces of bread in this case. After we devoured it…along with a side of home fries…. I knew I had to make this one for myself.

I had some summer sausage that I really wanted to use up, so I included this in the sandwich. You can use ham, sausage patties, or any other kind of breakfast meats you prefer. Most club sandwiches are layered with 3 pieces of bread, but I did 4 because it’s more filling. This turned out to be a definite keeper. It has all of your favorite breakfast foods (well at least mine) scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and smoky sausage all nested between layers of lightly toasted bread with a schmear of mayonnaise. Throw in a side of home fries….lovingly of course…. and you have yourself one hearty breakfast.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

*sliced sandwich bread, 4 slices per sandwich

*4 slices of bacon per sandwich

*eggs, I used 5 eggs for 2 sandwiches

*1 tsp. butter

*salt and pepper to taste for the eggs

*summer sausage sliced, or any other breakfast meat that you prefer

*mayonnaise

You can pan fry the bacon, but I like to bake mine in the oven when I’m making several slices.

For the bacon:

Preheat the oven to 410°.

Cover a baking sheet with foil, this will help with the clean up later. Place a cooling rack onto the baking sheet and spray with no stick spray. Lay the bacon strips over the cooling rack.

Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the bacon is done to your liking. Carefully take the baking sheet out of the oven set aside the bacon.

For the summer sausage:

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350°

I used the toaster oven since I cooked my bacon in the oven and at a higher temperature.

Cut the sausage into slices and place them on a backing sheet lined with foil and baked for 10 to 15 minutes.

If cooking sausage patties, follow the directions on the package.

For the eggs:

Heat a non stick skillet to medium heat and add the butter. After the butter melts, whisk together the eggs and pour into the skillet.

When the eggs begin to set, with a silicon spatula push the eggs towards the center of the pan. Continue doing this until the eggs are cooked but are still soft; salt and pepper to taste.

Lightly toast the slices of bread.

To assemble the sandwich:

Spread a desired amount of mayonnaise on one piece of the toasted bread.

Add some of the scrambled eggs over the mayonnaise.

Then place two slices of bacon over the eggs.

Place another piece of the toasted bread over the bacon.

Layer the sausage over the bread

then top with another piece of toasted bread.

I know this seems like a lot, but hang in there we’re almost done.

Add 2 more slices of bacon….if you haven’t eaten all of the bacon yet…over the bread.

Then spoon more eggs over the bacon.

Spread some mayonnaise on another piece toasted bread and place over the eggs.

This is optional, cut in half, or you can get all fancy like the restaurants and cut into fourths…..yes I did that as well.

Serve with home fries, fruit or whatever you like to accompany your breakfast club sandwich.

Enjoy!

Ultimate Grilled Cheese


I’ve made lots of grilled cheese sandwiches in my time, but this last one that I made for dinner a few nights ago was hands down the best one I have ever made. I almost didn’t get the picture of this mouthwatering sandwich because I was so tempted to snatch it right up and devour it.

I usually make my grilled cheese with a few slices of American cheese and maybe some slices of cheddar or Colby Jack thrown in as well. Nothing wrong with that and it is tasty, but this time I wanted to amp it up a bit. I used some good quality (but not overly expensive) white cheddar, Colby Jack and some shredded parmesan. I also decided to butter the bread a different way. Instead of spreading the butter onto the bread itself, I plunked down some little knobs of butter on the griddle, waited for it to melt, then added the bread right into the melted puddles of butter. The result was this glorious, toasty bread that had this wonderful blend of cheeses that melted and mingled together to form a gooey, cheesy center of deliciousness.

This ultimate grilled cheese is defiantly a game changer from your ordinary grilled cheese. It’s even better paired with your favorite soup, a salad or just devour it by itself. You might want to make sure that you buy plenty of cheese because you will be wanting more.

Here’s what you need.

*Sliced bread; I used Italian that was not thickly sliced. I feel that bread that is too thick kind of takes away from the cheese.

*butter

*Sliced white cheddar

*Sliced Colby Jack

*Shredded Parmesan

Heat a non stick griddle on medium heat. Place butter onto the griddle where each sandwich will go.

When the butter melts, place a slice of the bread onto the butter. Make sure to rub it in the butter so the bread is completely coated.

Place both pieces of sliced cheese onto the bread, then top with the shredded parmesan.

Place another slice of bread over the cheese.

Cook until the bottom of the bread turns golden and the cheese starts to melt.

If the bread begins to turn dark, but the cheese is not melting, turn down the heat.

Lift the sandwich with a spatula and add more dots of butter and melt. Turn the sandwich over and continue to cook on the other side making sure the bread is coated in the melted butter.

When the underside of the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, take off of the griddle and serve.

Enjoy!

Bacon Cheese Chorizo Burger with Whiskey Sautéed Onions

This burger is a carnivores dream. Just look at all of that deliciousness. I have to say, this is one of my favorite burgers that I have made….and I’ve made many. It starts with beef and chorizo blended together to form one juicy, slightly spicy (but not too spicy) patty. Then there is cheese that is melted on top that will make a cheese lovers taste buds sing. And what’s next…. there is the bacon…yes bacon. Some nice crispy bacon, but that’s not all….no my friends there is sautéed onions that have been simmering in whiskey, butter and kissed with brown sugar and thyme to add another swoon worthy layer of flavor. For me a burger isn’t done until some tangy mustard and ketchup are added with the slight crunch of pickles. This is all nestled in between a buttered, toasted bun. Oh, how I could go for another one of these right now.

If you’ve never had chorizo in a burger, you really should to try it. I used Mexican chorizo because it’s uncooked and mixes well with ground beef. I prefer mixing ground beef with the chorizo because it helps cut down on the spice level of the chorizo and well…..the two together make a terrific pairing. This is definitely a must try burger.

Here’s what you need:

For The Onions:

*1 large onion, chopped

*1 TBS. butter

*1 TBS. olive oil

*1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

*3 TBS. whiskey

*1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar or more to taste

*pinch of salt or more to taste

*pepper to taste

*1/4 tsp. dried Thyme or more to taste

For The Burgers:

*1 Lbs. ground beef

*1/2 Lbs. Mexican chorizo

*1 TBS. Worcestershire sauce

*salt and pepper to taste

*slices of bacon; I used two slices per burger

*sliced cheese; I used Colby Jack

*butter for the hamburger buns

*sturdy hamburger buns

*desired condiments

In a small sauce pan heat to medium and add the butter and olive oil. When the butter melts add in the onions and the rest of the ingredients for the onions.

Stir well to combine. Continue cooking while stirring frequently. If onions start to brown too fast, turn the heat down to a simmer. Cook until the onions start to caramelize, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Keep warm.

Cook the bacon until it’s done to your liking and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the ground beef, chorizo, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Form into 4 equal patties.

Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Place the patties in the skillet.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until a crust forms on the bottom. Turn over and cook another 5 minutes or until the burgers are cooked in the middle to your liking.

Place the cheese slices over the patties and cover the skillet, cook for about 1 minute or until the cheese melts.

While the cheese is melting, spread some butter over the hamburger buns and lightly toast them.

Place the chorizo burgers onto the hamburger buns and add the bacon over the cheese. Spoon the onions over the bacon and top with any other burger toppings that you like.

Enjoy!

Classic Cheese Burger with a Special Sauce

I have a weakness for a good cheeseburger. Most of the time my go to is a bacon cheeseburger, but there are times that I crave just a simple, tasty cheeseburger. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s really all about the patty, the cheese and the bun right? This classic cheeseburger definitely satisfies those cravings.

The secret to a great hamburger is the most important item…the beef. I like to use ground beef that is 80% lean and 20% fat ratio. The fat in the beef is what makes the flavor. I wanted to keep it simple and just used salt and pepper, then patties are cooked in a cast iron pan until the edges are a little crispy, but that sweet spot in the middle is still nice and juicy. Then there is the melted provolone and cheddar cheese, pickles and then it’s topped with a special burger sauce. This sauce combines the usual condiments… mayo, ketchup, mustard and a few other tasty ingredients that make this mouthwatering burger complete. All of this on a nice sesame seed bun. Now I really want a cheeseburger.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

For the Burger

*1 to 1 1/2 lb ground beef

*sliced provolone and cheddar cheese or any other cheese that you prefer

*salt and pepper to taste

*sesame seed hamburger buns

For the Special Sauce:

*1/4 cup mayonnaise

*2 TBS ketchup

* 2 tsp mustard

*1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

* 1 tsp onion powder

*1 tsp garlic powder

*1/2 tsp dried dill weed

In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients together for the special burger sauce.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

Form the ground beef into 4 patties. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat a cast iron pan to medium high heat. When the pan is very hot add in the patties.

cook for about 3 minutes then flip them over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes more.

Top with the cheese and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for another minute or until the cheese is melted.

Place on the hamburger buns and top with the special sauce.

Serve and enjoy!