Sunday, July 5, 2009

Steak Samich

Yesterday I made some of my turkey noodle soup with leftover rotissere chicken. It was wonderful, just the thing Jon needed. He's trying to pass a kidney stone and so he needs to keep his fluids up.

To round out the meal I decided to make grilled cheese sandwiches. This sparked debate among my parents: cheese toasties vs grilled cheese sandwiches. Here's my ruling on the name: if you are sick or not feeling well it's a cheese toasty. If you are healthy and life is good, it's a grilled cheese sammy. What's your thought?

On to other business, we had grilled steak and arugula sandwiches last night. Unfortunately, Jon vetoed the Gorgonzola sauce for the night so I had to come up with a substitution. I made a garlic mayo sauce instead. It was wonderful!

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friend. Cheers!

Steak and Arugula Sammies
Serves 2

6 oz steak
4 oz french bread
1/4 cup arugula
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1 small onion, sliced thin
1 TBS I can't Believe its not butter
2 TBS light miracle whip
1 tsp chopped, fresh parsley
onion and garlic powder

Prepare sandwich components:

Liberally sprinkle fresh cracked pepper over steak. Sprinkle lightly with onion and garlic powders. Grill over medium high heat until medium rare (pink in the middle, not red). Allow to rest under some foil to keep warm. Once meat has rested, cut into thin, wide strips. Keep warm.

Saute onion in melted butter until tender and caramelized.

Mix miracle whip, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley together in a small bowl. You may add a dash of hot sauce to this if you like a little kick.

To assemble:

Slice bread in half lengthwise. Spread mayo on top and bottom pieces of bread. Layer with arugula, then onions, sliced meat, end by replacing top piece of bread. Cut into 2 even pieces.


  1. BTW - In my travels, I've noticed something of a trend: A cheese toastie is an open-faced sandwich topped with cheese, usually where the cheese has been toasted by a broiler or other heating element (hence "cheese toastie"). A grilled cheese sandwich, on the other hand, has to have two slices of bread, since it is cooked or "grilled" on both sides, and cheese probably doesn't grill well. Although, the Finns and a few other people have these good baking cheeses...

  2. Edit: Apparently it's the British that call it a "cheese toastie." Maybe mom picked up the term when she went to France? I mean, it's just across the Channel, so it's possible, right? Personally, I say we settle the squabble and call it what the Australians do: "cheese jaffle."

  3. Thank you for your insight! I think I will stick with grilled cheese toastie instead of cheese jaffle... But maybe you can get dad to go with that one? :)