Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hot Brown Sandwich

Wow!!! Comfort food or what? Last week I promised that I would start to eat a little healthier...well that was soooo thrown out of the window this week. My breakfasts so far have consisted of A&W classic combos and my evening meals range from steak and fries, fish and chips and roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. The reason for this is that Ian and I have been away from home for a few days and it is much easier to pick up a breakfast on the go and then chill out in the pub on an evening eating yet again more fried food. By rule Ian and I do not eat much fried food and bread is always kept to a minimum so our bellies have had a culture shock.

Since returning home our dietary intake hasn't really improved (mainly because I need to do a decent food shop). Nacho's yesterday and hot brown sandwiches tonight. I have never made hot brown sandwiches before and did not know about them until I saw then being made on a food network program. I was hooked, so for tonight that it was I made. It turned out far better than what I expected and was pretty quick to make and above all was soooo tasty. How could anything not taste good if it is smothered in oozing cheese sauce.

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OK so mine wasn't as yellow but you get the idea ... right!!!

Hot Brown Sandwich (Serves 1)
2 slices of bread toasted
6 slices Deli Turkey
2 slice bacon
1 Tomato finely sliced
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Flour
1 Tsp Mustard
1/2 Cup of Grated Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay your bacon out onto a baking sheet (and sprinkle with brown sugar (Optional)). Bake in oven until brown and crisp and allow to cool. Meanwhile over a medium heat melt your butter in a pan and add the flour to create a thick paste (rue). Start to add the milk and stir into the paste until you create a thick sauce (use as milk as you need). Add the mustard and combine. Remove from the heat  and immediately add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Slice your toast diagonally then layer the toast on an oven proof plate in the following way with the remaining ingredients: Toast, 2 slices of turkey and tomato, toast, turkey, tomato etc etc until all ingredients are used. Pour cheese sauce over top and place under broiler until the cheese sauce begins to bubble and brown. Add bacon on top before serving. Yum yum yum!!! It sounds like it would be really heavy but honestly it isn't. It is great for supper.

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