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Steak & Muenster Sandwich

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Who doesn’t love steak? Well, I guess non-meat eaters. But for everyone else, steak is a popular favorite. When preparing and eating steak, most probably think of a nice filet or strip grilled to perfection. However, there are many other ways to prepare steak. I am a big fan of the steak sandwich. I’m actually a big fan of all sandwiches but this post is about a particular steak sandwich that combines three of my favorite ingredients: steak, muenster cheese, and bread!

If you’ve seen our previous blog post, Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet, cooking steak in a cast iron skillet is a quick and easy way to prepare steak, especially if you don’t feel like firing up the grill. When cooked this way, you get a great sear on the steak and it’s the perfect method for this sandwich.

Bonus: You only need one steak for 4 sandwiches so this is a great way to save money and still have steak night!

The RecipeRecipe

Steak & Muenster Sandwich
 
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Recipe type: Mains
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 12 oz Strip or Filet Steak
  • 4 Slices Muenster Cheese
  • 4 Wheat Kaiser Buns (or your favorite bread)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce
Instructions
  1. Season steak liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Let the meat come to room temperature.
  3. Put about a tablespoon of oil in the cast iron skillet and spread it all over the bottom of the pan with a paper towel.
  4. Heat the cast iron skillet on medium-high to high heat.
  5. When the skillet is hot, put the steak in the pan and cook for 4 minutes/side for medium-rare, 4.5 minutes/side for medium and 5 minutes/side for medium well. Walk away from the cooking meat and only flip the steak one time!
  6. Let steak rest on a cutting board for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting. If you were just put into a skillet, you'd want a rest too when you got out.
  7. Slice steak into thin strips.
  8. Cut the rolls in halve and spread mayonnaise on each side.
  9. Place a slice of muenster cheese onto each roll and top with a quarter of the sliced steak.
  10. Add lettuce and enjoy!

Tips and TricksTips and Tricks

Because you only need one steak and most steaks come in a 2 pack, you can either freeze the second one or get the supermarket to split the package.  They’ll happily open the package and reseal it with just the one cut that you want.

Feed the FreezerFeed the Freezer

Freeze raw steak in a zip-top bag for up to 6 months.  When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator over night or under cold water for about an hour, season and let it come to room temperature.

Fun FactsFun Facts

Muenster is a semisoft cow’s milk cheese with an orange colored rind. Its flavor ranges from mild when young, to quite strong for well aged cheeses.

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Garden Turkey Burgers

Temperature350°Time15 mins

Turkey Burgers

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Shortly after moving to the area about ten years ago, I discovered this amazing burger restaurant, The Counter, in Roswell, Georgia. Basically, you design your own burger, from the type of meat to the toppings, spreads and bun. This is where I first fell in love with turkey burgers. I’ve always enjoyed turkey in its non burger forms, but it wasn’t until I could pimp out my own burger that I really fell in love with the turkey burger. In addition to being delicious, turkey burgers are also a healthier option than beef though this in no way detracts from their deliciousness.

Soon afterwards, I started creating my own turkey burgers at home and experimented with several different ingredients until I found the perfect combination. By mixing green onions, parmesan cheese and Worcestershire sauce (among other things) into the ground turkey and topping with Swiss cheese and carrot strings, I now have my very own special recipe. I present to you my favorite Garden Turkey Burger.

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Garden Turkey Burgers
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey Breast
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Cup Chopped Green Onions
  • ⅓ Cup Bread Crumbs
  • ⅓ Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 Slices of Swiss Cheese
  • 1 Cup Carrot Strings
  • 4 Buns
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Preferred Burger Condiments (eg mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey, egg, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and seasoning until well blended.
  3. Create four equal size patties.
  4. Cut buns in half and spread butter on each halve.
  5. Place each patty on the grill and cook for 4 - 5 minutes. Flip each patty and cook for another 4 - 5 minutes. The burgers are done when they reach an internal temperature of 160°.
  6. Before removing burgers from grill, place a slice of cheese on each patty.
  7. Place buns on grill or in oven at 350° for 1 minute until lightly toasted.
  8. Place burgers on buns and top with carrot strings.
  9. If desired, add mayo, ketchup and mustard.
Tips and TricksTips and Tricks
  • You can also add diced bell peppers, garlic or grill seasoning for extra flavor.
  • This turkey burger recipe can also be used for meatballs and meat loafs.
  • If you are worried that the turkey burger isn’t cooked all the way through, use a meat thermometer. Ground turkey should be cooked to 160°.
Feed the FreezerFeed the Freezer

You can easily freeze the turkey burgers patties and have them ready to thaw and grill at a later date. You can also freeze the cooked burgers for later to be eaten as burgers or used as ingredients for other dishes, like tacos.

Fun FactsFun Facts

Turkey burgers will typically have less calories, fat, sodium and protein than an equal sized beef burger. However, turkey burgers will have more cholesterol and calcium.

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Bacon and Cucumber Sandwiches

Temperature375°Time35 mins

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Last year, I started a garden and grew a bunch of vegetables and herbs.  “Bunch” may be a strong word as a lot of stuff didn’t make it due to rabbits and overcrowding.  Apparently those “place x inches apart” notes are important and you can’t grow 2 parsley plants, 2 basil plants, 2 cilantro plants, 2 mint plants, 2 bell peppers, 1 zucchini and 1 squash in a 4’ x 4’ garden bed.  Who knew?

The herbs grew too tall and crowded out everything except for the zucchini and cucumbers but that was because they are vines and grew out of the bed onto the lawn.  Long story short: I had a lot of cucumbers last summer!

Michael doesn’t like cucumbers all that much so the perfect storm that created this sandwich involved him being out of town, a glut of cucumbers, bacon, and me not want to cook.   This lazy dinner became my absolute favorite sandwich ever.  It’s salty and sweet, crispy and soft, hot and cold and embodies summer.  You should try it!

The RecipeRecipe
Bacon and Cucumber Sandwiches
 
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This quick and easy sandwich is a refreshingly sweet and salty taste of summer.
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 10 Slices of Thick Cut Bacon
  • 2 Cucumbers, Sliced into ¼ inch rounds
  • 8 Slices of Bread, I used Multi-Grain Sourdough Bread
  • 4 Tbs Mayonnaise
Instructions
Cook the Bacon
  1. Place bacon in a single layer on a sheet pan and put into a cold oven
  2. Turn the oven on to 375° and cook for 20 – 30 minutes, or until desired crispness is achieved. Note: This length of time is for thick cut bacon only, regular bacon will take much less time to cook.
  3. Drain bacon on paper towels

Assemble the Sandwich
  1. Each sandwich requires 2 slices of bread, 1 Tbs mayonnaise, approximately ½ of a cucumber, and 2 ½ slices of bacon.
  2. Mayonnaise up both slices of bread
  3. Layer thusly: bread, cucumber, bacon, bread

Tips and TricksTips and Tricks

Don’t be shy with the cucumber or bacon. They’re the stars of this show.

Feed the FreezerFeed the Freezer

No freezing allowed for this tasty summer time sandwich!  Leftover bread and bacon, however, can be frozen.

Fun FactsFun Facts

Cucumbers can provide a similar pick-me-up as caffeine due to them being a great source of Vitamin B and Carbohydrates.