Friday, March 27, 2009

Sinner's Steak Sandwich


Forgive me blog readers, for I have sinned.

I have sinned by making and eating this demon-infested sandwich, which is (1) slathered with a tremendous dollop of mayonnaise, (2) stacked with pieces of divine (yet artery-hardening) steak, and (3) overwhelmingly loaded with huge 1/4 inch slices of real cheddar cheese. Basically, the "demons" are full-fat mayonnaise, oily cheddar cheese, and red meat.

"If it is so sinful, then why make this sandwich?" Because!

Because it reminds me of my childhood. When I was a little girl, my Dad used to make us steak and mayonnaise sandwiches with the leftover steak in our fridge. To me, this sinner's steak sandwich is the ultimate comfort food.


I have some precise instructions on how to make this sandwich. You first need to toast the bread in a toaster, oven, or in a non-stick frying pan. And just use plain white or wheat bread here folks. Nothing fancy is needed. If you go the "oven" or "frying pan" route, do not use butter or oil. Just monitor the dry pieces of bread as they toast and turn them before they scorch.


Next, layer the toasted bread with thick slices of cheddar cheese and put the bread in the microwave for about 30 seconds. (I like to layer both bread slices with the cheese.) When the cheese is "melty" (meaning, it does not need to be fully melted), you are ready to add the mayo and the steak.

The key to this sandwich using a large ladle-sized tablespoon to heap an unhealthy amount of mayonnaise (small ice cream scoop-sized) all over the cheesy bread. Do not, I repeat, "do not" delicately smear a slight amount of mayonnaise on the surface of the bread. And do not feel bad when you are making this sandwich. If you imagine an electric guitar playing hard rock music in the background, you will feel much better about ingesting all that mayo and cheddar cheese.

Next, nestle slices of leftover steak into the little mountains and canyons of mayo on one open slice of the bread, and then put the entire sandwich together.


So your sandwich layering should go like this from the top to the bottom: (1) toasted bread slice, (2) melted cheddar cheese, (3) mayonnaise, (4) steak, (5) melted cheddar cheese, again, and (6) toasted bread slice.


It is not rocket science, but it is extraordinarily sinful, and making and eating this 'wich will definitely hasten a visit to the underworld. If you are looking for a healthy version of the sinner's steak sandwich, try (1) using whole grain wheat bread, (2) adding a mere tsp of non-fat or low-fat mayonnaise, (3) reducing the cheese by 1/2, and (4) removing all fat from the steak, before inserting it into the sandwich.

24 comments:

  1. Please forgive me for I have sinned ;-P... This sandwich is to die for! Nothing very orthodox about it, indeed!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Sometimes you just gotta go for it. You just have to give in to your inner cravings. And ya know what? You'll always be glad that you did. ;)

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  3. That is one creamy sandwich!! I'm sure very tasty, though. Especially when they are associated with fond memories from childhood... all considerations of health go out the window when it comes to nostalgia!!

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  4. Sinful yes, but there is no excuse needed if its taste is FABULOUS!!!! MMMMMM....

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  5. This is not sinful, my dear friend, it is heaven sent!! I would love this, LOVE!!! It is so calling my name!

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  6. My recently semi-vegetarian stomach is growling just looking at these pictures!

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  7. Wow, this looks great. Should I make this at home??? hmm

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  8. Thank you for the precise instructions. (or 'constructions' as my daughter said when she was little)
    I love drippy sinful steak sandwiches.

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  9. oh my goodness. i need to make this. right now.

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  10. I am drooling in my hotel room in Indiana. I am off to search for something to fill this sudden craving now! Great pictures and descriptions. Yum :-)

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  11. Ohhh my goodnessss......that does look so good. I think I just sold my soul for a steak sandwich.

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  12. YUM!!! How was the steak cooked? :)

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  13. yum. :) i do the same w/ left over steak. or i make quesadillas (and there is no holding back on the sour cream there either).

    a lighter version alternative is subbing the mayo for some dijon mustard.

    i like to personally spice up the mayo w/ one jalapeno, sliced and cube very finely.

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  14. Sometimes it feels good to be bad!

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  15. Say 10 Hail Mary's and you're good to go. ;-P

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  16. Thank you everyone, for your comments, I enjoyed reading all of them, and hearing your thoughts! And Ambitious, the steak was cooked in an oven by the beau!

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  17. Oily cheddar cheese also brings back memories for me - some good (melted on sandwiches), some not so good (in lasagna!?). Cheddar was first and only cheese my mother ever used as she tackled "western" style cooking after we moved from Asia. It's been a long time since I microwaved cheddar into oily submission, but now I have the perfect excuse - thanks!

    p.s. full-fat mayo is the only way to go!

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  18. mmm oh yeah ice cream scoop of mayonnaise... comfort food indeed! That's wonderful to have such memories of your Dad. I am a sinner too and find salvation in the divinity of food.

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  19. Yum! We all need to gorge on something like this every now and then. It's like a cheeseburger, but so much better.

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  20. I agree with you ladies, we are entitled to enjoy a bit of devilish cheese and mayo every now and then!

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  21. I'm onAtkins so the only "devilish" about this sandwich is the bread (smile-yea) Try flatbread (6 net grams carbs) or romaine lettuce; it's crunchy and very satisfying!

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  22. This is YUMMY although, I had to substitute the cheddar cheese with american cheese..and had to use miracle whip since I didn't have the original ingredients.. it was still delicious. Can't wait to try it the original way though! Thanks, this is definitely going into my recipe box =)

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