So I eat lunch at work quite often (most days). And I bring leftovers because I don’t care for cold sandwiches with one amazing exception*. So what to do to make it interesting and different and using the limited equipment we have at the office to make it work. In my case, that’s a microwave, a toaster, and a toaster oven, so it really is somewhat limited.
So this will be a recurring post with my terrible iPhone camera pictures.
First up – Mushroom Fontina Toasts which is a play on Mushroom & Fontina Crostini
Yes, this picture is pretty much awful. But it was my lunch and I enjoyed the hell out of it.
So I brought some Italian bread into the office with some of the leftover mushroom shallot garlic mixture. Then I went to the Publix and got some thick sliced Fontina from the deli. So I heat the toaster oven while I toast the Italian bread in the toaster. Meanwhile I heated the mushroom mixture in the microwave just a bit. Not too much though.
So this is how you put it all together: with the toaster oven heated, on broil, top the toasted bread with the warm mushroom mixture, and then top with the thick sliced Fontina. Broil until the desired gooey-ness factor is achieved.
Then put it on your ugly paper plate and have a great lunch at work.
Now here are some extra tips – have some lemons available, even at the office, oh and it never hurts to have a small bottle of Worcestershire sauce for they both are fresh flavors.
* cheddar, mayonnaise, and homemade hummus, on Italian bread. Oh yes, this is now in my brain and I have to make it again.
I am adjusting this recipe to fit with the things that work with the “Best Reuben Sandwich” from America’s Test Kitchen. Like making your own “dressing” which includes the mayo, sour cream, and chili sauce. Also using Boar’s Head sauerkraut and draining some sweet relish – though I will not go so far as to chop up my own sweet gerkins. Makes no sense.
I had to order the bread bowl from the Publix a day ahead of time, so consider that in your planning. I think a Rye boule would work equally well if you are so inclined.
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup chili sauce
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup drained sauerkraut -Boar’s Head
3 tablespoons sweet relish, drained very well
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup diced cooked corned beef – Boar’s Head from the deli @ the Publix
salt and pepper
1 large (1#) pumpernickel boule, top sliced off and center hollowed out
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, chili sauce, cream cheese, sauerkraut, and relish into a large mixing bowl and stir together until completely combined. Fold in cheeses and corned beef until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper and stir together. Scoop mixture and place into the hollowed bread bowl and place onto a baking sheet.
Place dip in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until dip is hot and baked through. Serve immediately with bread bowl by making slices of the bread into the dip – really good. Yep.
Source: Spoon Fork Bacon with some America’s Test Kitchen influence.
15 April 2017 – For Easter this year. Used my super amazing tomato knife* to slice through the bread to make bites and it worked really well.
* Victorinox 125th anniversary limited edition 4 1/2″ tomato knife. Sharpest damn thing ever – mind your fingers. So not kidding.
Unfortunately, I will be out of town for St. Patrick’s Day this year as I have been in several other years and it makes me sad. St. Patrick’s Day was our first date – ish. I do not think the MotH planned it as a date, but I think it was inevitable and now it is probably the second most important date for us – the wedding date being the most important. Or maybe the other way around. Interesting, that both days were really just amazingly relaxed. Guess that is just us. I think that may be what happens when two adults realize they have found the right person for them. Okay – I shall stop now because that sounds too sappy. I do seem to do that on occasion.
So back to St. Patrick’s Day, since I will not be around in my kitchen, I will replay some of my favorites for you to enjoy. I guess I need to figure out when St. Andrew’s Day (November 30th) is as he is the patron saint of Scotland and I am Scottish on both sides of my family. You do not look like me or like the Boy without some Scottish in you. When I think back, my father really had the look about him, but I just did not recognize as I do now in hindsight. I guess I have to figure out Scottish food, but I’m not entirely sure that will be a good thing. ?
Reuben Casserole – as I have said, not pretty, so not pretty, but pretty amazing.
Guinness Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s like looking at a really good pour of Guinness. That is something that has to be done correctly and it takes time – just wait, it will be worth the reward.
Guinness Brownies – I do not like brownies at all. But the first time I made these, well, hell, in small doses they were amazing. And I think the Boy liked the idea that there was stout in his brownies made him happy. Can not say that I blamed him for that.
I do love a good reuben. I think my favorite recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Country. I find that I have not posted that here – an oversight I will have to remedy. But the flavors of a Reuben are some of my favorites. I make a Reuben casserole that is just – I will say it again – stupidly good. It is not exactly pretty food (no, really, it is not), but if you like a Reuben, it is pretty amazing. And the left-overs are, well, let’s just say they are better than the day you make it. I guess I make this in the early spring because it is still cool enough that a casserole works, and it seems to fit with St. Patrick’s Day – I mean, corned beef after all. Again, I have taken lessons from America’s Test Kitchen’s Reuben sandwich – read: no bottled thousand island dressing is involved.
I am not typically a fan of crescent rolls, but it seemed to work here. Maybe allowances can be made? We shall see.
1 package of crescent rolls
4 ozs corned beef
4 ozs Swiss cheese
1 cup Boar’s Head sauerkraut*, drained and squeezed dry
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs chili sauce
2 Tbs sweet pickle relish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unroll the crescents. On each roll, place 1 Tbs sauce, 1/2 oz corned beef, 1/2 oz Swiss cheese, and 2 Tbs sauerkraut. Roll up and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 13 – 15 minutes or until slightly browned.
Serve with extra sauce because that just makes it a lot better.
Modified from : spendwithpennies.com.reuben-roll-ups/
*My go to sauerkraut. Always.
1 August 2015 – 3 Tbs – Peanut Butter Fudge
1 August 2015 – 8 Tbs – Peanut Butter Cookies
6 August 2015 – 2 Tbs – Everyday Orzo
6 August 2015 – 2 Tbs – Rutabega
7 August 2015 – 16 Tbs – Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookie
Peanut Butter Fudge – AB
14 August 2015 – 8 Tbs – Peach Cobbler
15 August 2015 – 16 Tbs – Blueberry Cookies
19 August 2015 – 2 Tbs – Peach Clafoutis
20 August 2015 – 2 Tbs – Gruyere Orzo (again)
22 August 2015 – 3 Tbs – Rice Krispy Treats
22 August 2015 – 8 Tbs – Gruyere Crackers
22 August 2015 – 16 Tbs – Lemon Sour Cream Cookies
28 August 2015 – 16 Tbs – Peanut Butter Fudge – AB
Total 102 Tbs = 12.75 sticks = 3.1875 pounds
Finally, a respectable number. Damn Skippy!!
This is a total rant – and I do realize that. I am so done with it. I have HAD it with the rolled up refrigerator pie dough. It is always a hassle, but there must be a better way than this. It doesn’t want to unroll and that’s just the beginning of the problems. It’s supposed to be a convenience, but it never really is. It’s always a pain, and it totally shrinks when it’s blind baked. There must be a better way
Doesn’t matter if you follow directions, which I do (mostly). It splits and is too thin in places. I spend more time fixing it – I might as well make it myself. It is just not convenient – which is what it is supposed to be.
What I would like to find is a press-in-the-pan pie crust that would be sturdy enough for quiche. I refuse to do this again.
New quest – decent quiche crust. Somewhere in the back of my head, I’ve seen a press-in-the-pan crust on America’s Test Kitchen or Cook’s Country, but I might be delusional. Or what the hell, maybe forgo the crust all together and bake it without one – like a frittata. It just might work – sounds like project food (food that is a project) to me.
This is just one of those recipes that is good, but not terribly stylish – it’s pretty blah to look at. Yes, beige. I feel bad for the Man of the House. He’s a great photographer, but I’m afraid I don’t give him much to work with. My food can be white, beige, and boring looking.
Slightly off topic, I made homemade buttermilk ranch dressing – it tastes wonderful, but it’s blah. Will one day get a photo that makes it look good, but I’m not sure when that will happen. Sigh.
Hot Reuben Dip
2 Feb 2015 Super Bowl
1/2 recipe, instead of ketchup used chili sauce, used Dijon mustard, toasted thin sliced rye bread instead of cocktail squares.
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded, divided
1/2 pound corned beef, chopped
8 ozs. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbs ketchup
2 Tbs spicy brown mustard
1/2 cup sauerkraut, drained (recommended: Boar’s Head)
1 package of rye cocktail squares
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix half the Swiss cheese with the next six ingredients.
Place mixture into an oven-proof dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake in the oven until bubbly, about 20 minutes. Turn on broiler and brown the top.
Serve the dip with bread squares.
23 Dec 2011 – make a half recipe next time. But really good, but pretty bland to look at. (Do we see a theme here?)
Source: Not sure.