Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes – 15 Minute Meal

Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes

 

I created this sandwich a few weeks ago on a night when I was in a hurry.  I’ve fallen into a bad habit of working in the afternoon.  That’s not the bad part.  The bad part comes in when I finally look up at the clock and realize it’s already 5:30 and I haven’t started dinner.

I forget which meal this Italian sausage was meant for, but it worked perfectly in these sloppy joes.  And the good thing is, you probably have all the other ingredients in your pantry.

They also can be made in about 15 minutes.  Perfect!

This Italian spin on the traditional sloppy joe tastes a lot like pizza.  Which meant that my family loved them.  So did I.  They reminded me a lot of the flavor of Pizza Potpie.

I don’t have an ingredient photo this time, because I was creating in a huge hurry.  But, like I said, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.  With the exception of the Italian sausage, they are all very common ingredients.   [Read more...]

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Beef Shwarma in the Slow Cooker

beef shwarma in the slow cooker

 

We loved this meal!  First, because it just tastes great.  It’s a bit of a change from the normal fare.  Tender beef cooked with mid-East flavors, stuffed in pocket bread.  I served it with cucumber-yogurt sauce instead of the more traditional tahini sauce.  Either way is delicious.

I also love that it cooks in the crockpot.  And leftovers can easily be reheated for lunch or for those nights when we are eating in shifts due to work and soccer practices.

I adapted the recipe from Chicken Shwarma.  Both are tasty, but I think I have a slight preference for this beef version.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

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10 Minute French Dip Sandwiches

I always feel like life is supposed to slow down after the holidays, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. This is one of my go-to meals for busy days – it’s on the table ten minutes after I walk into the kitchen. You really can’t beat that!

I recommend about a quarter of a pound of roast beef per adult to make a good, hearty sandwich. And with bubbly cheese and Italian seasoning, it doesn’t feel like you’re eating “just a sandwich” for dinner.

We usually serve these along with a big salad or veggies and dip.

10 Minute French Dip Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 lb. roast beef
  • 4 long rolls
  • Mayonnaise
  • Italian seasoning
  • 8 slices provolone cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the beef broth to a large skillet over high heat. When the broth starts to steam, reduce heat to medium and add the roast beef and cover. Let warm for about five minutes, until the roast beef is no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven broiler. Slice rolls in half and place them on a baking sheet cut side up. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the top side of the buns and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  3. When the roast beef is warm, remove it from the broth using a slotted spoon or tongs and divide between the rolls. Lay two slices of cheese over the roast beef on each roll.
  4. Broil for 2-3 minutes, until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Serve with extra broth for dipping.
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Greek Pita Sandwiches

Saturdays are my sandwich days. Usually I  have a hearty soup brewing all day. So I put together a delicious and easy sandwich for lunch. This recipe came about because I had some leftovers from a greek salad and frozen meatballs in the freezer. I thought hmm…that could work. And well, it worked. It was so good! [Read more...]

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Reuben Calzone

I adore Reuben sandwiches but I’m terrible at making them myself. I always end up losing half the sandwich contents when trying to flip them. I had just about accepted that they’d be an eating-out-only treat when my husband mentioned that his Mom used to make them in calzone form.

Reubens as a calzone?

Brilliant!

It totally eliminates the everything-is-going-to-fall-out issue. It’s also easier to feed a crowd this way, since you don’t have to juggle multiple sandwiches at once.

Any recipe that calls for just 5 ingredients is an automatic short cut for cheaters.  And this recipe will freeze really well, if you want to stock your freezer and bake it another night!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Yes, only five ingredients! It’s a great in-a-pinch dinner because you can pick up all the ingredients on the way home, go through the express lane and be home cooking in no time.

Reuben Calzone

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pizza dough
  • 1/2 lb. deli-sliced corned beef
  • 8 oz. sauerkraut
  • 1/4 lb. deli-sliced swiss cheese
  • Thousand Island dressing, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Divide the ball of pizza dough in half. Roll out one half of the dough into a rectangle approximately 8"x14".
  3. Top with half of the corned beef, half of the sauerkraut and half of the swiss cheese.
  4. Roll from the long side, pinching the dough together to seal. Make sure to pinch the ends together too. Place seam-side down on a lined baking sheet.
  5. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned. Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting.
  7. Serve with Thousand Island dressing for dipping.
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Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches (inspired by Earl of Sandwich)

When we were in Disney World a few weeks ago, we had dinner one night at the Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney.  My oldest son and I shared a Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich.

It’s stacked with thinly sliced ham, grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, pineapple and barbeque sauce.  Amazing!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

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Spicing Up Pre-Made Hamburger Patties

It’s not like patting out my own hamburger patties is hard, but sometimes I like the convenience of the pre-made kind.   The only problem with this is the inability to add flavors inside the patties (like adding onion soup mix or bbq or other seasonings to the meat before patting them out).

Here are a few ways to add flavor to the patties:  [Read more...]

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African Pulled Beef Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker with Yogurt-Mint Sauce

Part of my family is heading to Disney World in a couple weeks.  Because I’m in the group going, I can’t seem to stay away from the Disney stuff.  That means I’ve been avidly reading the Disney Food Blog.  Disney and food are two of my favorite things.

The other day, I ran across this review of a new sandwich found in Animal Kingdom.  I knew I had to try to create this!  Of course, I have no idea what it tastes like, other than the way it is described in the post.  Maybe I’ll get to sample the real deal while I’m there, so I can compare my version and Disney’s.

However, I have to say that the review was a great inspiration.  My version turned out full of flavor and tender.  My family loved it too.  And the fact that it uses the slow cooker is a bonus.  There’s just enough spice to make it interesting and give the meat a lot of flavor, yet it’s not burn-your-tongue hot.

Here’s what you’ll need to make these sandwiches:  [Read more...]

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10 Cures for the Common Sandwich

We love sandwiches at our house for lunch or dinner.  But sometimes we get in a rut, plunking the same kind of meat and cheese between the same old bread, slathered with the same drab spread.

Here are some ways to pull your sandwich from the brink of boring:  [Read more...]

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Pan Fried Shrimp Sandwiches with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Last summer, we spent time in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  We ate most of our meals at the beach house, but we did go out once.  After taking a quick survey on Facebook and seeing several readers recommendation Sea-N-Suds, we decided to try it.

Great choice!  It was inexpensive, casual and right on the beach.  I chose to try the Shrimp Sandwich, which was loaded with breaded, deep-fried shrimp.  Delicious!

This pan fried version is simple enough for a weeknight dinner.  It probably rings in at a few less calories than the deep-fried version too.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:  [Read more...]

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