Thursday, October 11, 2012

Roast Beef Sandwich Melts

Bread, meat and melted cheese. What's not to love? Who says guys get to have all the fun, this sandwich is for all the ladies out there that aren't ashamed of digging into a hot and gooey roast beef sandwich. You can make these for lunch or dinner; or even better serve them next Sunday during the football game.

Recipe yields 6 servings

2 lbs freshly sliced roast beef
2 medium loaves of fresh Italian bread
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 3/4 cups water
3 tbsp beef bouillon
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic
Salt & black pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Finely chop the onion and garlic.

In a small sauce pot on medium high heat, melt your butter. Once liquified, whisk in your flour.

Add the onion and garlic to the pot and stir to coat with the butter mixture. Allow to simmer for 3 minutes until fragrant and onions are tender.

Add the water and beef bouillon to the pot. Continuously whisk until all ingredients are well combined. Allow gravy to boil for 2-3 minutes until thick and creamy.

Pour gravy into a deep saute pan. Grab one slice of roast beef at a time and 'scrunch' into a ball. Place in the gravy. Repeat until all roast beef is in the pan.

Allow roast beef to simmer in the sauce for 2-3 minutes and then flip over to allow the other side to soak in the sauce.

Slice loaves of bred down the center and place flat on a baking sheet.

Place roast beef evenly along the open bread. Top with any extra sauce left in the pan.

Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly along the top of the roast beef.

Place in the oven and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and gooey and the bread is toasted and crispy.

Slice into sandwich sized pieces and serve. Enjoy!