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Triple Decker Tomato-Onion-Grilled Cheese

A triple decker sandwich is generally defined as a sandwich containing three slices, or decks, of bread.  Some would argue a three-slice sandwich is only double-decked, but that’s just like their opinion, man.  This type of sandwich is always a good option when you want to have extra ingredients on the inside but are worried about the sandwich being too thick or flimsy for flipping.  This method reduces the amount of toppings in between the bread slices while maximizing the surface area for cheese to bond the bread and toppings together.

Ingredients:

  • Three slices whole wheat bread
  • Unsalted butter
  • Colby Jack cheese
  • American cheese
  • Sliced onion
  • Sliced tomato

Preparation:

Prepare your ingredients, slice your cheese and butter your bread.  One on my slices had a hole in the middle already so that automatically became my middle slice.  I like to preheat my pan to help the cooking process.  I also put my Colby Jack on the bottom half because I’m going to cook the bottom section longer than the top and this cheese will take longer to melt than the American.

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The Flip:

Getting this kind of sandwich flipped over, or any grilled cheese for that matter, can be a bit tricky.  You need to turn it over quickly with spilling the sandwich’s contents as well as make sure your bread layers don’t become misaligned creating a leaning tower of cheesy bread.  Here are a few tips.

  • Pre-heat your pan to decrease total cooking time
  • Make sure your bottom bread layer is “set” and the cheese has melted before flipping
  • Slow-cooking longer is always a better idea than high heat for a quick meal
  • If your sandwich is in danger of falling apart, lift up your sandwich with a spatula, place the pan upside-down on top of your sandwich, and then flip the entire thing over in a controlled manner while holding firmly with pan and spatula

That’s how I easily got to this

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Now the only thing left to do is cook through your bottom layer and eat.  I often prefer ketchup with mine.  I call it the poor man’s tomato soup.

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P.S. – If you’re looking for a good beverage to pair with this sandwich, I highly suggest some Dr Pepper with fresh lime, or lime juice.

 

Spicy mac n cheese beef taco

One of the good places to get a burger around here is Rocky’s Famous Burgers in NewMarket.  One of their interesting creations is the Big Mac n Cheese Burger.  That’s right, they put macaroni and cheese on a burger.  I used up my ground beef last night preparing it for nachos and I don’t have any hamburger buns so I went with the next best thing: a tortilla.

I took my tortilla and spread a modest layer of my nacho cheese on it followed by some of that ground beef, spicy mac n cheese, and a little shredded cheddar.  I put that in the toaster oven for 4 minutes then topped it off with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and some sour cream.  I then folder over my 8″ taco and carefully ate the whole thing being careful not to let any of the contents spill out.

Was it better than a Rocky’s burger?  I’m not really sure.  It’s hard to compare burgers and tacos.  I do know it was freaking delicious.

Burrito: Back to the basics

A long time ago and in a land far away, I started cooking things for myself.  It started off with scrambled eggs when I was 4 or 5 and just kind off took of from there.  Eventually I started making burritos.  Before I started cooking my own mega batches of pinto beans, I used to use beans from a can but eventually quit using them almost altogether.  Liz doesn’t understand why I’ve loathed them so much.  It’s just hard to eat them after you’ve made the same thing yourself.

As I’m trying to get back on my feet, I decided I wanted a burrito.  So here’s a simple burrito recipe if you want to try something new.

Ingredients:

  • Two cans refried beans. (You can substitute pintos, black, etc)
  • 1lb ground hamburger
  • 6-8 flour tortillas (burrito size)
    Optional:
  • 1 onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Cumin or Coriander
  • Cheese (cheddar or monterrey jack work well)
  • Sliced black olives
  • Tomatoes

Prepare the meat:
The first thing you want to do is brown your hamburger.  I like to add onions to almost everything.  Fresh are best, but the dried kind work too.  I chopped up my medium onion and got it cooking in a pan with a pad of butter while I defrosted my hamburger in the microwave.  Once my onions had softened up I put in the hamburger and added a little salt, pepper, dried minced garlic, oregano and ground coriander.  All these spices are optional.  I’d be careful of them (with the exception of salt and pepper) until you know what you’re doing and how much you like.  There’s not much worse than a seriously over spiced dish.  From here you just cook your hamburger down like you’d normally do.  Break it up into small chunks so you can divide and conquer, and make sure there are no pink parts left.  After this is done drain or spoon out the grease.

Mix the burrito ingredients together:
Now you’ll add your beans and your meat together.  You can combine them in a separate pan if you like, or add the beans to your meat.  Just make sure your pan is big enough.  One thing to be careful of is stirring this mixture together.  At first it’ll be a bit like water and oil.  If you’re not careful, you’ll be sloshing beans and meat all over your stove.  Just take it easy and be patient.  You’ll have a nice mixture in a few minutes.  After everything is mixed, let this simmer for 10 minutes or so.  You can put a lid on it if you want, just don’t turn the heat up too high and walk away or it’ll start bubbling and splattering.

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Building your burritos:
Once you get your tortillas out of the fridge the first thing you need to do is warm them up a little.  This is a very important step because cold tortillas will tear.  If you’ve ever gone to a burrito place, they usually steam/warm their tortillas in some sort of way.  I like to put mine in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.  Now take one tortilla and place it in one hand.  With the other hand fill the tortillas about 1/3 with your meat/bean mixture.  Now it’s time to fold.  You’ll put the bottom half up a little, then wrap the left and right sides around.  Some like to fold all four side in to seal the burrito.  I think this is slightly more advanced because it’s almost too easy to over-fill your burrito.  If you just do three sides, any extra can just ooze out the end.  Check out the two graphics I pulled off the web to illustrate.  If you click them, you’ll see more images and instructions.  The one above is for the three-side fold I described.  The one below shows you how to do a four-side fold.

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As you’re folding your burritos, you can put them on a cookie sheet to pop into the oven at 350F for about 15-20min.  You’re mainly looking to melt the cheese and crisp up the tortillas a bit.  If you don’t want to eat them now I’d suggest wrapping them in foil or plastic wrap, or put them in a sealing container for later.

You probably noticed I added a slice of cheddar to mine.  You can really use any kind of cheese you want.  Monterrey jack is pretty close to some of the mexican cheeses you might see in ingredient lists.  Feel free to add whatever you want.  That’s the beauty of a burrito.

So there are my burritos.  I added some olives and tomatoes.  What do you like on yours?  Would you use a different filling?  Chicken?  Steak?  Vegetarian?

Turkey Bacon Sandwich

Tonight’s sandwich:

  • Turkey
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar
  • Mayo
  • Spicy mustard
  • Spinach
  • Tomato

…and that’s all I have to say about that.

Dardevil Burger

I feel like I’ve been posting only about food lately, but is that really a bad thing?  Today, by no design of my own, I ended up at Rocky’s for lunch with Mike, Marquis and Amanda.  It was one of those spur of the moment decisions which I wholeheartedly agreed to.  If you’re not familiar with this burger establishment, feast your eyes on this – http://www.rockysfamousburgers.com/.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve been there, but I know I have consumed the following menu items:

  • The London
  • The Mule
  • The California
  • The Big Mac n Cheese
  • The Lexi
  • The Daredevil
  • Fries
  • Sweet Potato Fries

I have a few more items to try, but I think I have a modest list of achievement.  Each burger on the menu can come with a beef, bison, chicken, or veggie patty.  You can also build your own, or get The Rocky Jr. and add anything you want.  Today I tried the Daredevil.

The description of The Daredevil is as follows: “You pick the patty. We pick the toppings! Try at your own risk.”  I’ve heard stories about breakfast items, random meats, and what have you, but I wasn’t prepared for the plate of awesome that was brought out to me.

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I apologize for the quality of the images.  I used my cell phone.  What we have here is a Taco Burger, I think.  Here are the ingredients:

  • Burger
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onions
  • Jalapeño chilies
  • Salsa
  • A taco shell with meat inside (The Taco)

Snake jawsThe Daredevil was very large and in charge.  Luckily my superior smashing and jaw-unhinging skills came in handy at the restaurant.  If you haven’t been to Rocky’s before, you should know the burgers are often 5″ tall or more.  I’ve heard some people are unable to finish a Rocky’s burger and I feel sorry for them.

One thing to notice about the Rocky’s menu, other than the burgers, are the toppings.  Do you know anywhere else that charges 25 cents for cheese?  If you go to Burger King and ask for cheese on your Whopper I think it costs 60 cents or so.  Last I checked, you couldn’t ask for pepper jack or blue cheese crumbles there.  I think next time I go I’m going to get a large fry and load them up with toppings.  I could do blue cheese and bacon, or cheddar, nacho, onions, pico de gallo, and guacamole to make “nachos.”  The possibilities are almost endless.

Big Mac n Cheese burger

Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar, well, he eats you

In Newmarket there’s a restaurant called Rocky’s Famous Burgers.  They do all kinds of amazing food combinations to come up with some of the more unique specialty burgers around.  This week I had to try their Big Mac n Cheese.  It had been off the menu for a while and I’ve been waiting for it to reappear.

  • 1 hand-crafted, delicious burger
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • sliced onion
  • mac n cheese
  • nacho cheese
  • bacon
  • ketchup (my own addition)

This amazing lunch was no match for Asthma Boy.  Did I mention they also sell Pepsi products?  I was able to score a Mt Dew to wash it all down.  Next time I’m trying The Daredevil.  You pick the patty and they pick the toppings.