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French Dip Sandwiches With Sauteed Onions And Peppers

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There’s nothing better than a drippy roast beef sandwich.  Great any night of the week and even for entertaining.

 

French Dip Sandwiches With Sauteed Onions, Peppers, And Mushrooms

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French Dip Sandwiches With Sauteed Mushrooms, onions, And Peppers

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Some nights I’m in such a hurry because I’m trying to finish watching Dexter on Netflix. I just want to plug my earphones in and disappear into that show. Yes, I know, I’m hooked!

When it comes to dinner it has to be something quick and easy and my French Dip Sandwiches With Sautéed Mushrooms, Onions, And Peppers is just the ticket. I’m going to be taking some help from the grocery store for this recipe. I’m going to be using sliced top round deli rare roast beef for this recipe. Remember, I really want to finish watching Dexter.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: Cast iron skillet, Grill Press, 3-quart saucepot, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans

Ingredients:
4 hoagie rolls
3/4 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 pound of top round deli roast beef, rare
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3/4 pound of Provolone cheese.
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 pint of sliced Cremini mushrooms
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
1 onion, thinly slice into half moons
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups unsalted beef broth
1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken broth
2 to 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
2 sprigs of fresh thyme (for Au jus)
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves, chopped

Directions:
In a saucepot on the back burner, heat the beef and chicken broth on medium-low. Toss in 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, Worcestershire sauce, Kosher salt, and black pepper to taste, whisk to combine. Allow the Au Jus to come up to temperature then reduce the heat to low to keep hot.

In a preheated cast iron skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add the sliced onions, cook, stirring frequently, until they are very soft and golden in color, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, cook for 1 minute more. Add the mushrooms, season with Kosher salt and black pepper, continue cooking stirring from time to time, until all the moisture given off by the mushrooms has evaporated and they’ve turned golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the peppers, season again with the remaining Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, stirring frequently, until the peppers have softened and are brown in color around the edges, another 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place all the sliced rare deli roast beef on a plate, dividing into 4 equal portions.

Preheat oven to broil.
In a  preheated cast iron skillet, on medium-low heat, place the buttered hoagie rolls face down into the pan, placing the grill press on top. This guarantees the hoagies will brown evenly and takes only 1 to 2 minutes per hoagie. Transfer the buttered/toasted hoagie rolls to a rimmed baking sheet pan. Lay three slices of Provolone cheese layered across the top of each hoagie.

Place the hoagies under the broiler just long enough to melt the cheese.
Note:  Keep a close eye on the hoagies the cheese melts quickly.  Turn the broiler off, remove the hoagies from the oven, it’s time to assemble the sandwiches.

Using a pair of tongs, dunk the first portion of the beef into the hot Au jus then place onto the hoagie. Top with a good amount of the onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Serve  with a side of the Au jus.

 

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Thanksgiving Day

 

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Today I’m giving thanks for this food, family, and friends. I just want to say, it’s was a really bad idea on my part to have new carpet scheduled to be put in around the holidays. I made Thanksgiving Dinner work with the little space I had, no one seemed to care. That’s what I love, no one notices the mess, that comes from major renovations, they only notice the wonderful food. At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters, family, friends, and great food.

 

 

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Black Bass Fish Tacos

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I started by making a fresh tomato salsa for the topping. I just diced some tomatoes, red onion, a minced Fresno chili pepper, 2 minced garlic cloves, chopped fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, and kosher salt and pepper. Tossed the salsa together and chilled it in the frig until I was ready to top the tacos. I also made a chili lime slaw to put on the tacos, For that, I thinly sliced some cabbage and placed that in a large bowl. Then in a smaller bowl, I put 1 freshly squeezed lime juice, Agave nectar, chili powder, minced Fresno chili, and kosher salt and pepper. I mixed this up well but did not toss it with the cabbage until the slaw was set to go on to the tacos. Now for the fish. Steve just filleted them for me, so I got out my cast iron skillet melted some unsalted butter in the pan. I seasoned the fish simply with some chili powder, kosher salt, and pepper. I then added 4 whole garlic cloves and added that to the melted butter on low heat so not to burn the garlic. After the butter was infused with garlic, I took the garlic cloves out turned the heat up and sauteed the fish fillets in the garlic butter. The fish fillets took no time to cook, so once they got that beautiful color on both sides, I then minced the garlic up and tossed them back in with the fish with some fresh chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Oh, you can’t have a fish taco without some avocado that just wouldn’t be right.

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