Saturday, April 2, 2011

Steak Sandwich With A Kick

My long time martial arts instructor and friend opened his own school so I have resumed training as of this morning.  It did not occur to me that he must have learned training techniques from Marquis de Sade until I was doing push ups up and down the length of the floor.   You'd do a push up and then while in the up position, move one spot to the side, then do another push up, repeat.

By the time I got home, my appetite was as voracious as a locust that had smoking pot.  I stuck my head in the fridge and saw that leftover small roast from the strip loin that I had broken down into steaks.  Better yet it hadn't finished thawing, perfect for making a steak sandwich!  A steak sandwich with a kick....


Steak Sandwich With A Kick
Serves 4
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp beef tallow or other oil
2 yellow onions, peeled and sliced thin
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup half and half
1 cup Three Alarm Colby Jack cheese, shredded (or other spicy cheese)
2 Tbsp beef tallow or other oil
4 hoagie rolls
2 lb strip or ribeye roast
Salt and pepper to taste
Over low heat, melt the butter and tallow.  Add the sliced onions, season with a little salt and caramelize them for 1 hour.  

About 20 minutes before the onions are done, make the cheese sauce.  In a small sauce pan, melt butter and whisk in the flour.  Keep stirring for a few minutes until you get a blond roux.  It will be a dryish paste and have a nutty aroma.  Whisk in the half and half, making sure the roux dissolves evenly.    Let simmer for 5 minutes and then add the cheese in small batches.

The secret to good steak sandwiches is to cut your meat thin and then pound it thinner.  Slice the beef into 1/4" or thinner slices.  A meat slicer helps but these were done by hand (my Waring Pro meat slicer died after 2 years).  It helps to have the meat partially frozen when slicing but make sure they finish thawing when you start to beat them.

Get a cast iron pan preheated over medium high heat and add the beef fat or oil.  I was using beef fat because 1) I rendered it and saved it from the scraps last week and 2) it has a high smoke point.  

Season the steaks with salt and pepper and then pound them thin with the serrated side of a meat mallet.  Place them into the hot pan.  Work in small batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.  After about 30 seconds, start tearing them apart and toss like stir fry with a pair of metal spatulas.   It should only take about 3 minutes to cook each batch of beef.

Toast the rolls, top with the shredded beef, caramalized onions, and cheese sauce.

The tender beef, spicy sauce, and delicate onions made up for this morning's torture workout.

Great Midwest Three Alarm Colby Jack
It seems like the only pepper cheese I used to see was pepper jack.  But lately I have been seeing various cheeses with habanero or chipotle in them.  This one really caught my eye.  It's got jalapeno, chipotle AND habanero packed into it.  It's got jalapeno, chipotle AND habanero packed into it.  


I "almost bought" this about 5 or 6 times at Sam's Wholesale before finally buying it recently.  I'm glad I did, Great Midwest Three Alarm Colby Jack rocks with flavor and heat.  This would be excellent shredded in fajitas, sliced for sandwiches, or stuffed in burgers.  [Standard Disclaimer] 

28 comments:

  1. That cheese looks awesome! I am going to look for it.

    The sandwich looks great too - not bad for a quick on the fly lunch!

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  2. I'm a cheese head when it comes to food and I'll be buying some of this. Your sandwich looks super, super good. Will you soon be registered as a lethal weapon? :-)

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  3. I just ate but now I'm hungry again. Great job. Now I have a new idem on my shopping list for Sam's

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  4. delicious! i love spicy foods, that cheese looks really good too!

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  5. Nice sandwich, now drop and give me 100

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  6. Wow Chris, those push ups sound lethal! However, I would consider doing a whole room full of those push ups for this awesome steak sandwich! I love that it is just dripping with that spicy cheese.

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  7. With all this meat, I'm sure your muscles were seriously pleased with your post workout meal. that sandwich looks...I don't even think words can describe it. Something akin to amazing. But times a lot.

    In response to your comment...I have no idea what kind of torch it was. My roommate's boyfriend got her a creme brulee making kit for Valentine's day and it came with it.

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  8. Nice sandwich, when I do this kind I always like to rub the toasted bread with a garlic clove, tastes amazing

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  9. I wasn't hungry this morning until I saw this. A thing o' beauty. But, an hour for the onions? I don't think so. 20-30 minutes should do it.

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  10. StephenC: I was following Joy of Cooking's method which is similar to this video from Rouxbe.com: http://rouxbe.com/recipes/217

    If in a hurry you can saute or sweat the onions to make it happen faster but for my preferences I like the longer cooked ones, the onions turn out sweeter.

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  11. Mmm steak sandwiches. I wish I had a little more money in my college budget to eat them more often! :)

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  12. I wish your were my next door neighbor. I would so be bugging you any time you were grilling something like this!!!

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  13. I. WANT. THIS. SANDWICH. NOW!

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  14. We love anything with a kick, and we're huge sandwich buffs so these are right up our alley. I wish you were my next door neighbour too, lol!

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  15. Ok, I've got to track down some of the cheese... WOW... it would go good and everything!!!
    The sandwich looks fantastic Chris. You definitely need something filling and delicious after a workout like that... OUCH!!

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  16. I would love to sample that cheese, but that steak sandwich ROCKS! I have fragile wrists so I don't do push ups. (that's my story & I'm stickin' to it)

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  17. Sounds like a delicious reward for all the working out! Blessings, Catherine

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  18. Good tips on freezing and then pounding the meat thin. That's one good looking sandwich!

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  19. I think all I've eaten today is popcorn and cookies. One of these would really hit the spot!

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  20. But did you make au jus? I love me some au jus!

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  21. Wow, I am drooling all over myself you evil, evil man - lol! Awesome Sammich Chris!

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  22. I don't know what tickled me more...the pot smoking locust, the Marquis de Sade, the walking push-ups or the sandwich itself...thanks for the laugh!

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  23. I don't know what tickled me more - the pot-smokin' locust or the Marquis de Sade, or push-ups on the move (all in the same paragraph no less!) or a sandwich that spoke to my heart!! This one is going straight to the top of the "to make" pile!

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  24. I think I might sell my boyfriend to the gypsies for a hunk of that cheese! Holy smokes all my favorite things. That sandwich doesn't look so bad either. PRINTING THIS! Thanks!

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  25. O-O-OMG, that sandwich and that cheese both made my mouth water. I had to laugh at the post exercise hunger. I've caught myself pledging to go home and eat like a farmhand after a strenuous workout. I'd love a big ole bite of that sandwich.

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  26. I would love to try that cheese!!!That sandwich looks delicious!

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  27. I want that cheese. It is made out of my two favorite ingredients. Cheese and spicy peppers. I must find it. Thanks for the heads up on this cheese.

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