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Cheeseburger Grinder with Lettuce on a Sub Roll
What is a grinder?
I'm from the Northeast. I grew up eating grinders. Grinders in our area come with a variety of deli meats, cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, and oil/vinegar.
For instance, if you order a salami grinder down the street at the pizza restaurant, you will get a six inch sub roll, stuffed with freshly sliced salami, provolone cheese, shredded lettuce and thinly-sliced tomatoes tossed with vegetable oil, salt and pepper (plus vinegar upon request).
Just typing this is making my mouth water.
When I visited Texas about 20 years ago, I called the local deli and tried to order a grinder. The phone operator asked me what type of grinder I wanted. I told him I would like a genoa meat grinder on an Italian sub. There was a pause and then this response, "if you want a meat grinder ma'am, you'll have to go to the local hardware store and place one on order. We only sell the meat here already sliced, not the instrument for slicing it!"
Chucking to myself, I went down to the deli in person and explained I was trying to order a sandwich. Then the terminology was explained to me. Heroes, subs, hoagies, but no grinders. That's just a northern term.
Fast forward to about 10 years ago, I took a job in the city. I'm a country girl, barely understanding how to operate a parking meter, never mind trying to figure out the sophisticated restaurant menus. One day I ordered a grinder from a take-out place that specialized in fresh fish and vegetarian wraps. They did make me a grinder, but I soon realized there is no place like home when it comes to making grinders. The lettuce was in chunks like in a tossed salad. I never realized shredded lettuce wasn't the standard on all grinders until I ordered one in the city.
Here's my version of a cheeseburger grinder. I made these for dinner last night and had to save half for lunch today it was so filling.
Bake on 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until rolls are brown.
- 3/4 to 1 pound ground beef, shaped in to four patties
- 4 slices (or 1/4 pound from the deli) provolone cheese
- 1 head lettuce (iceberg preferably), shredded (cut into small strips)
- Garlic salt & ground black pepper to taste
- Condiments of your choice Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- 2 Italian Grinder Rolls
- Brown hamburger patties over medium heat in a pre-heated skillet.
- Season patties with garlic salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
- Slice rolls in half, butter inside, and place on cookie sheet.
- Flip hamburgers occasionally while cooking to cook thoroughly.
- When meat is completely cooked, top with cheese and turn off stove.
- Add 2 patties to each grinder roll.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until brown. Don't let rolls get too crunchy.
- Remove from oven, top with lettuce (shown here with Romaine) and add condiments of choice.
- Serve with a side of French fries or chips.
This one didn't have lettuce.
Warning dairy allergy!
|Serving size: Leave off cheese for lactose.|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|