Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sandwich Recipe So Good It Should Be Illegal

Sticking with my resolution not to post anything political.

Take about a pound and a half of pork chops, bones removed. Pork loin will also work but you have to slice it into flats so it can be browned in a pan. Sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides in a couple tablespoons of olive oil over high heat in a heavy skillet. Try not to overcook them - a very slight pinkness in the center is perfect. Remove from the pan.

Then mince all together:

half a medium-sized yellow onion
a cup of pitted Kalamata olives (Note: If Kalamata olives are too strong for you, substitute regular canned olives for half the cup or more. But you really should use at least some Kalamatas.)
three cloves garlic

Add 1/3 cup of a good olive oil (doesn't have to be extra virgin) to the pan, then fry the olive mixture until the onion is turning clear.

While it's cooking, slice the pork thinly and add to the pan. Cook everything together for a couple minutes, again not overdoing the meat, to make the sandwich filling.

At this point you can cool the filling and save it in the refrigerator overnight, which will make it even better, or just go straight to the sandwich now.

Slice a good baguette lengthwise and spread half the filling on each side. Bake at 300 degrees until the bread is crisp, just a few minutes. You want to bake the bread with the filling on it so that the oil soaks down into the bread. Put the two halves together and cut into individual sandwiches.

This would probably also be good with mozzarella cheese and/or banana pepper rings on it, but I haven't tried that yet. Enjoy!