Saturday, August 22, 2009

Durn Good Zesty Beef-Horseradish Sandwiches

This easy recipe makes 4 hearty sandwiches that can be enjoyed warm or cold, depending on your preference. For gourmet results, you want to use the best deli-sliced roast beef you can get, and fresh bread from a local bakery, but these sandwiches are still "durn good" if you simply use good supermarket cold cuts and bread. For some variety, you can substitute thinly sliced deli ham or roast turkey for the roast beef.

12 oz thinly sliced roast beef (or ham or turkey)
4 thin slices of Swiss or Provolone cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise (you can use low-fat)
1 Tbs prepared horseradish
1 Tbs Durn Good Hot & Spicy Mustard
2 bell peppers, sliced into rings
2 Tbs butter or margarine
4 Kaiser rolls, OR 8 thick slices of hearty dark bread like Pumpernickel or Rye
Several leaves of green leaf or red leaf lettuce

In a small bowl, stir together the mayo, horseradish and mustard. If desired, add salt to taste. Set aside in fridge until ready to assemble the sandwiches.

Melt the butter or margarine in a medium skillet and saute the bell pepper rings until slightly softened and almost tender ("al dente"). Remove the rings onto a paper towel on a plate to drain.

For warm sandwiches: Wrap the deli meat in microwave-safe clear plastic wrap and microwave on high for about 2 to 4 minutes or until warm, being careful to check because microwaves can vary greatly. For cold sandwiches, simply omit this step.

To assemble the sandwiches: line the bottom half of each roll (or one slice of rye or pumpernickel) with lettuce, then place 1 slice of cheese and 1/4 of the deli meat. Top with some of the sauteed peppers and a dollop of the mayo mixture. Add the roll tops or the top slice of bread, and enjoy.

Zestfully yours,

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