Guy Food

Guy Food

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Still a 'Sammy' Kind of Guy!

Tonight's dish, Italian sausage sandwich with left over spaghetti bolognese. Since, I am a 'sammy' kind of guy... which is south-side for sandwich. And, I can of course make a pretty good sandwich.

I prefer to buy Italian sausage in bulk which means not in the casing. It cooks faster and still remains juicy. Get some olive oil going in a skillet, pat out your sausage in an oblong shape and lay in the patties when the oil starts to sizzle. Sprinkle on some dried herb seasoning and let em cook. Once browned on both sides, cover and simmer for 10 min. on low heat.

Prepare bread or sandwich rolls by toasting in the oven or toaster oven. Have some mozzarella cheese ready to melt on the patties once they are cooked through. As the rolls come out of the toaster, press them down into the juices in the skillet where the patties still simmer. Then, turn off the heat, make a sandwich and get happy. Oh, and lastly, microwave the left over spaghetti.

~ Tutti a Tavola!

and don't forget the Giardiniera relish

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Meat and Potatoes Man I am!

But... if you aren't into meat then you will still enjoy the potato side dish. One of my favorites...

Just wash and peel (or not) as many potatoes and 'white' parsnips as you think you will need, julienne cut them and then toss into a glass baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle dried herbs. I like to put a few chunks of bacon or ham in but you don't have to.  Preheat your oven to 425 and pop in the dish covered. After 20-25  min. reduce the heat to 375, uncover and bake until tender and crispy brown. Serve topped with a generous shake of fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

~ BTW, white parsnips have an awesome nutty flavor

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Monte Cristo ~ A Brainy Guy's Gourmet Sandwich!

I discovered that most bread has a short shelf life. And, I discovered that you can make a quick gourmet meal using up that one or two day old bread - The Monte Cristo Sandwich!

If you haven't heard of the Monte Cristo, then you are being introduced. The traditional Monte Cristo is a ham or turkey sandwich that is battered and fried. For a light crispy batter, add 12 ounces of beer, 1 cup club soda water and 1 tbs baking powder to 1 cup cornstarch and 2 cups flour.

Make your sandwich like you would normally (plenty of meat and cheese)... though, do not put fresh tomato or greens on at this point since you will be frying in hot oil.  In a large skillet, heat your cooking oil (1inch deep). Batter up your sandwiches, and fry, turning then over to get both sides.  Once brown on both sides, transfer the sandwiches to a warm oven and keep going til you have as many as you need.

These little lovelies are a brainy guy's gourmet. I suggest staking them on a plate and drizzling both savory and sweet oils/dressings (Smoky Hot Raspberry Chipotle) over the top and around the plate edges, toss on a sprig of fresh green. Or, put out a small dish of creamy garlic sauce for dipping.

Amazing as in Awesome ~ Exceptionnelle!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pierogi and Smoked Sausages!

Guys let me tell you that if you ever have to cook for yourself, the simplest and most delicious hearty guy food is a plate of pierogi and smoked sausages. All you have to do is boil some water for the pierogi. The sausages, (bought fully cooked from your favorite Polish deli) just need to be warmed in the microwave. There is no need to fry them as you will lose flavor and juices from the meat.

10-12 Pierogi need about 8 min. in a rolling boil, water salted to taste.

Sour cream and bacon bits on the side are a must...

Enjoy! I sure did, and...a nice glass of
beet root juice to cleanse; my after dinner drink!