Chunky meat sauce sandwich

Chunky meat sauce sandwich

Last Tuesday, I cooked a huge pot of spaghetti for Sam to bring back to the condo. Because she had her birthday, her friends were requesting that she bring homemade spaghetti and I obliged. I made more meat sauce than was needed for the amount of pasta I cooked and, today, I reheated that meat sauce and made sandwiches.

It would have been simpler to just spread the chunky sauce on sliced bread, top it with shredded cheese and broil or grill everything. You know, pizza bread style — probably the most common way of using excess pizza sauce. But I thought I’d take the extra step, throw in a salad and make the sandwich a complete meal instead of a snack. And I did just that, and Speedy and I had these sandwiches for brunch.

Any pasta meat sauce can be used for making sandwiches like these. But it has to be a chunky sauce — chunky with very little liquid except for the oil because if the sauce is soupy, the liquid will just soak the salad and bread, make everything soggy and messy, and your sandwich will be an epic failure. In short, please don’t bother asking if meat sauce that comes out of a can or a sachet will work. If you don’t have a tried-and-tested meat sauce recipe, you can check out the meat sauce I use for making lasagna.

Recipe: Chunky meat sauce sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 small baguettes (or about 2/3 of a large one)
  • 1 c. of shredded lettuce (any variety)
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 pc. of canned pimiento (NOT 1 can; just 1 piece), thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. of mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • shredded cheese (any kind so long as it can be shredded), as much as you like

Instructions

  1. Make the salad.
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  3. Place the lettuce, onion and pimiento in a bowl, add the mayo and some salt and pepper. Mix just until everything is moistened.
  4. Split the baguettes (or portion of a baguette) and scoop out the soft white bread inside. Reserve the scooped out bread for something else — it’s good for binding meat loaf or making biftekia.
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  6. Lightly toast the split bread on both sides — a stovetop grill is great but a frying pan will do the job too.
  7. Spread the inside of the bottom halves with your favorite spread (I used my herbed cream cheese and butter spread).
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  9. Fill the bottom halves of the bread with salad.
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  11. Spoon the chunky meat sauce over the salad.
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  13. Pile on the shredded cheese.
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  15. Cover with the top halves of the bread and serve.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

  • natzsm

    The versatility of a tomato based meat sauce is incredible!

    I start out with one basic meat sauce and divide it in to three portions. One becomes spaghetti meat sauce with the addition of basil, oregano and thyme and whatever deli meats I have on hand, another becomes chile con carne with the addition of cumin, chile powder, paprika and kidney beans, and the last portion I would add some ketchup, prepared mustard, sugar and a tad of vinegar for a classic sloppy joe.

    I freeze them in microwavable containers and although they are basically meat sauce, they each have their own flavor profile. The best thing is that all of them are good eaten with either rice, pasta or bread and in the case of the chile, as is. :)

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    Wow. Dividing the meat sauce into three is such a great idea. What a time saver! Love it!

  • Joel

    This looks nice. Probably taste even better!