This may be surprising, but we had steak on Father’s Day. How about you? I think we were likely in the majority. I love having a bit of leftover steak because it is perfect thinly sliced over salad or to throw in a stir fry. I’ve decided what’s even better is some loaded steak and cheese sandwiches.
I was happy to find some beautiful ciabatta bread on sale at Whole Foods. For whatever reason, I have not successfully baked up ciabatta. Which is a shame because it makes a really perfect sandwich bread or garlic toast. In fact, my indecisive nature won out and so I made my sandwich on my garlic toast.
Although steak and cheese alone is plenty to satisfy my crew, I also brushed my steak with a bit of black pepper balsamic vinegar. Just a hint gave a new dimension to this otherwise classic sandwich. Totally optional though.
I personally like open faced sandwiches. Maybe so I can load them up even higher, whereas a regular sandwich is limited by the size of my mouth. I decided to chop up my steak, but that’s a textural choice. Long thin slices would be perfect.
However I did make it into a regular sandwich for my husband, wrapped in parchment and twine. It made me think of a picnic in the Italian countryside, where we would enjoy a long leisurely lunch with wine and grapes (and no children). Not that I’ve ever been there, and I’m pretty sure steak and cheese is an american invention. It’s the parchment. So if you feel the need to escape, wrap your lunch with a bit of paper and twine and dream, even if it’s only in the backyard.
On a more practical standpoint, it held the toasts together.
Who says leftovers have to be boring?