Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bison Sausage & Cheese Steak Sandwiches

The header is of Madison's three ferrets (Mitchell, Roscoe, Lilly) and this in normal for them. I don't know how the Lilly is not being mashed.

Bev bought a bag of hoagie rolls and went about ways to use them and came up with two sandwiches over a few days.  The first one was grilled bison sausage which she purchased from Mother Earth Meats at The Market in Maryville.  Their beef is grass-fed and free of hormones and antibiotics and their sausage is hand made and I assume by them.  They have a farm in Sunbright, TN and may buy from other farmers as well.

We just grilled the sausage, split it lengthwise and top it with brown mustard and sautéed onions and peppers.

The second meal was a cheese steak sandwich – notice I didn’t say Philly Cheese Steak as I believe they can only be had in Philly using special bread and usually topped with Cheese Whiz (some offer provolone or white American) and fried onions as an option.  My introduction to the cheese steak came when we moved to South Jersey in the early 60”s (yea I know I’m a geezer).  It was on a great roll from the local Italian bakery and your two options were provolone cheese and fried onions, so I  grew up on authentic Bridgeton, NJ cheese steak because everyone in town made them the same way.

However, mine can only be called an authentic Almost Heaven South Cheese Steak for this meal, as the next one will likely be different.  I began by slicing some partially thawed strip steak (it was available from the freezer) sliced to a thickness of a quarter to half-dollar.

The cooking began by sautéing some onions and sweet peppers (from the freezer) and when they were about done I cooked the meat in another pan.

The rolls were nuked under a paper towel just to warm and soften so they could be sliced and opened up without breaking apart on the other side.  Then, they were lined across the unbroken side with sliced provolone cheese - nothing else will do here, especially not Cheese Whiz.  Next was the meat and finally the onions and peppers.

I thought mine was outstanding and Bev said it would have been even better using a screaming hot pan so the meat would get a little crust on it.  I have to agree with her but I was afraid of over cooking it and my goal was to have it pink in the middle – also a departure from both Philly and S. Jersey.

NEWS FLASH - Major Snow Storm Hits East Tennessee

Fortunately, it happened on Saturday so schools did not have to be closed for this 1/4" dumping of snow J

I'm now responding to your comments and hoping you will stop back by - photos best if enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

Larry

1/22 & 1/26/13 meal dates

29 comments:

  1. I'm with you - no Cheese Whiz either. Stay warm and enjoy the white stuff.
    Sam

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    1. Will do, it's pretty cool here - looks like a few inches fell across the mountains - good time to be in FL.

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  2. What a cute little snow storm! (sorry, couldn't help myself)

    I've never had a Philly Cheese Steak, and if I ever make one here in Colorado, I promise not to call it that. It looks delicious. It seems like when I think of those sandwiches, I think of provolone. I'm surprised about the Cheeze Whiz. Not that I'm opposed to Cheese Whiz.

    Happy Super Bowl! I've got to start cooking in a couple of hours. :)

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    1. Hey LA - I couldn't help myself either. You owe it to yourself to make a cheese steak sammy - they are just too good.

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  3. A dusting of snow is what we call that in New England. I would call you sandwiches delicious.

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    1. Thanks Karen and a little dusting is what we northern WV folks would call it as well.

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  4. Hi Larry, We got quite a bit of snow up here--on Friday morning, Sat. morning and even this morning... However, there was melting between snows --so we only had about 3 inches on the ground at one time... It's beginning to clear and melt some now. Very pretty snows. I'll share photos tomorrow.

    Love both of your sandwiches --but would prefer the sausage. We eat grilled turkey sausage about once a week and love it.

    I cannot stand Cheese Whiz... Don't care much for Velveeta either...

    Have a great day.
    Betsy

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    1. Thanks Betsy and I'm glad you got a little snow accumulation to brighten your days.

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  5. I've never been to Philly so have missed the experience of trying an authentic sandwich, but I would take your version any day, Larry. Love that combination of flavors. When we get a blizzard that produces 1/4" of snow the entire city shuts down. Schools close, traffic accidents everywhere, it gets crazy.

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    1. Thanks Cathy - I think mine rivals those in Philly.

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  6. Larry, Well you know me! Those sandwiches were colorful, that's for sure... I'd be happy with just the strip steak fried up and filling a bun...topped with just ketchup! Of course, this might gag many of your followers. Thanks to you, Bev and Madison for stopping by yesterday with your great split pea soup and Bev's terrific homemade bread and rolls! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. We enjoyed the visit and glad you enjoyed the grub. I'm been known to put ketchup on them while living in Jersey.

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  7. No snow, only rain and wind here (smile).

    Love your version of the cheese steak-very awesome.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks Velva - It went down very easy.

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  8. Both of these look absolutely delicious.

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    1. Thanks George, I sure enjoyed them both.

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  9. mmmmm.... cheese steak!! YUM!! Both sandwiches look delicious, Larry!

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    1. Thanks Jenn - It's hard to beat either one of them.

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  10. I am a huge fan of cheese steaks wherever they come from :-). Yours sounds terrific. I hope you try the stew, Larry. It really is great. I also hope your week is off to a good start. Blessings...Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary - I just told Bev about the stew.

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  11. I had to smile at 1/4" of snow being a major snowstorm there :)))

    Another wonderful steak meal at Big Dudes' home!

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    1. Thanks Susan - Being from northern WV, I get a kick out of the reaction to snow here.

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  12. I agree - no Cheese Whiz for me! My husband and I stood in line for a couple of hours one time in Philly - to get the real deal. The line went around the block but the whole thing was a great experience. Watching the people, young, old, from all walks of life, on bikes, in cabs, on foot, all converging at this one famous cheese steak restaurant. (http://www.visitphilly.com/restaurants-dining/philadelphia/jims-steaks/) Anyway - yours looks amazing! How did you season the meat?

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    1. Tricia - I should have included that - a little Montreal Steak Seasoning after it was in the pan.

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  13. My Kellie called me from Knoxville to report that people were having fits about this huge, horrible snow, and laughing because it's the first time she's needed 4WD on her Mountaineer - after driving it for a year in Morgantown! Those look like some fine meals.

    Oh, and Larry? Stop calling yourself a geezer. I'm nearly as old as you, and am durn well not ready for geezerhood yet.

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    1. Thanks Marjie - The snow is funny here. You know your 45 is not nearly as old as me.

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    2. *Snort* You are funny. You know full right and well I saw the north side of 45 a long time ago, but you are a sweetie for claiming I'm so much younger than I am!

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  14. Mmmm. This one has me drooling.

    Here in Oregon, they do close the schools for a 1/4 inch of snow, which cracks my husband and I up. When we were growing up in Idaho, they would keep the schools open even if we got a 6 inch dumping of snow!

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  15. I want to have an authentic Philly cheese steak one day. In the mean time, I'd love one like yours.

    Glad y'all survived the blizzard ;)

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