Make Healthy Gourmet Sandwiches With Leftover Meat And English Muffins
Make The Best Muffin Sandwiches With Leftovers
Now you can eat the best, hot, muffin sandwiches and smile in complete satisfaction. Avoid the drive-thru because you can make these sandwiches from scratch in the time it takes to stop for fast food. No need to spend your hard earned cash just because you are in a hurry. Keep your pocketbook at the house, have a mouth watering meal and make leftover sandwiches that will keep you coming back for more. It is all outlined below and you can doctor them up to suit your own taste.
On The Go, A Quick Fix Snack or, A Complete Meal
I have to admit I took the idea as a spin off from a dry English muffin sandwich we have all probably eaten at one time or another. I just figured I could make a better one and so I did. Now this is a household favorite. I actually cook up sausage patties and keep them in a freezer bag for quick food on the go. Jennifer wrote this hub about her way of making breakfast foods up ahead of time, to help with the morning rush. My thought here is based more on utilizing leftovers but, I too, freeze individual portions of meat just to make these great sandwiches.
What You Need
What you will need is some leftover meat, English muffins, butter, olive oil and some good shredded, or sliced cheese. I am using grilled T-bone Steak, Mozzarella Cheese and, a dash of garlic powder on one of the two sandwiches I made for this hub. My friend did not want garlic so that was easily omitted.
You can also use a variety of other meats and cheeses. I like to combine Ham and Swiss Cheese or a Sausage patty with American Cheese. Italian Sausage goes good with Provolone too. Any number of combinations will work. It is really up to you and also depends on what you have leftover. The idea is to convert what you have leftover into a sandwich that is not exactly what you ate the day before.
Cut the meat you are going to use into cubes. I was making two so I cut up a good bit of the T-bone. Now this is where my own little twist on this treat comes in. I use a regular cereal bowl to heat the meat. I put a small amount of olive oil in the bottom to discourage the food from sticking when I heat it. The cereal bowl serves as a form to shape the combination of meat and cheese to the shape of the English muffin. It also holds all of the natural juices that come from the food as it is heated. This is what makes your sandwich come out very tasty because you have the natural juices to pour on to the muffin when you are ready to put it all together.
Short Order To Taste
I like to use a glass bowl. This is where you can use your own ideas for a sandwich. I was making lunch for this hub. Let's say you were going to fix breakfast and wanted to use eggs. All you have to do after you put the oil in the dish is crack an egg in to the bowl and break the yolk with a fork. Toss in some meat top it with cheese and there you go.
You might have to give the bowl a stir or two while heating so the egg cooks through. You might also want to add a little fresh chopped onion or green pepper. Main thing is to use what you have available and make the sandwich to taste.
Hot, Tasty Sandwiches In Minutes
Now that you pulled out all the ingredients you need for your sandwich you can put it all together in just a few minutes.
I first cut up my meat and place it in the oiled dish, add my cheese and pop that into the microwave for about 35 seconds. The idea is to melt the cheese. If the cheese is melted that means the meat is also hot. Be careful as all microwaves are not created equal. You may have to adjust the amount of seconds for the microwave you are using.
While that is heating I split open an English Muffin, lightly butter the inside of each piece and place it in an iron skillet to toast. Now you can also toast your muffin in a toaster oven or put it in a regular toaster. The reason I use the iron skillet is because I prefer the flavor, health benefits of using iron skillets and the way it toasts the muffin. It just tastes much better to me.
Use a small amount of olive oil if you want to go health nuts and skip the butter. Olive oil is very good for you and you can doctor it up with some herbs if you feel like going for the zest. I added a little garlic powder to this steak sandwich but my friend said hold the garlic on theirs.
Leftovers Fast and Gourmet Quality
I would say it takes no longer than ten minutes to fix this great sandwich. You will utilize food in a fashion that gets you away from the average reheat in the microwave meal. You will avoid going to a fast food joint for a lesser quality sandwich and that is going to save you time and money for your effort.
Add a nice side dish of fresh fruit a small salad a bowl of soup or simply have some chips with your sandwich and you have a completed meal in a matter of minutes. You can freeze these sandwiches if you want. They will reheat very nice and are great when you are in a big rush. I like to make mine up fresh but I do sometimes freeze the leftover meat in sandwich sized portions. it is your choice.
What you will find is that the English muffin has great potential due to the natural holes in the bread itself. These holes hold the natural juices, condiments and other flavorful additions to your sandwich making them stand up to any gourmet quality sandwich. i know we love to make all kinds of muffin sandwiches from leftover meats and I think you will too after you give these suggestions a try. Happy Eating.
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