Meatloaf can be a sandwich, not just a bad singer

Please forgive me. Like I said, I had some catching up to do, so this sandwich is from a long time ago….

The details of this sandwich are a little fuzzy, but I do remember that it was a little disappointing. I was all excited about getting a meatloaf sandwich, because normally they are big, healthy servings of juicy meatloaf, covered in ketchup and onions and all sorts of other goodies. You should put them on texas toast, that is wonderfully toasted, and you should be able to pick them up and have them be easy enough to eat. They shouldn’t be like sloppy joes, but they also should not be like a burger. There is something spectacular about a good piece of meatloaf, with breadcrumbs and other stuff in there.

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Hamburgers are not sandwiches, but they are close

As I said at the beginning, I am going to talk about only sandwiches, and not hamburgers. But here is a dilema I have, and was thinking about when i was eating a very tasty hamburger. What is the difference between the two? Both of layers, both of bread, both of toppings. Some sandwiches don’t have any veggies, some burgers don’t have any veggies. Some burgers have lots of toppings and sauces, some sandwiches have lots of toppings and sauces. Some burgers have toasted buns, and some sandwiches have toasted buns. Some burgers are on sliced bread, and some sandwiches are on hamburger buns….

Meatball sandwiches are still sandwiches, and they take more work than burgers….

But I am not going to talk about the amazing burger i had down at Park Burger down in denver the other day. I am not going to talk about the fact that it was ground bison, with crispy lettuce, 2 slices of tomato, 3 pickles, 2 onion circles, 7 sweet potato fries, a smattering of guacamlole right on the toasted bun. I am not going to talk about how the lettuce pickle and tomato made a barrier between the bread, the guac and the caramelized onions on top of the patty. I am not going to talk about how nicely toasted the bun was or how wonderful the sweet potato fries were. I am DEFINITELY not going to talk about the fact that the burger was cooked to a wonderful setting of medium-rare. Not even going to mention that the burger didnt need ketchup or mustard on it. Nope. I am not going to talk about that burger at all.

I am going to talk about the fact that I really wanted a sandwich, but had to settle for a burger.

so yeah. i really wanted a sandwich, but had to settle for a burger.

Teriyaki Wasabi Bison Steak with peppers, onions Au Jus

Today was a great day for sandwiches. I had leftovers from last night, which happened to be bison tenderloin tips, marinated in a wasabi, teriyaki sauce, with some ginger, some garlic, and some parsley. I left it a little on the rare side in case things needed to get heated up again, i didn’t want them to be well done, so today was the perfect day for a steak sandwich. It was cold out today, that kind of cold that gets into your bones, so I wanted a sandwich that would warm me up when I got home.

I knew I had the steak, but I had no idea what type of bread I was going to find in my cabinet. As it turns out, my options were everything bagel, cinnamon bread, or hotdog rolls. I went with the hotdog rolls. It should have been a classic amoroso roll from Philly, but no way i was driving out to the supermarket just to get some bread.

Well, since I knew that I couldn’t just put the steak pieces in the microwave, I decided to thinly slice them and make the au jus while I fried up some peppers, green onions, and garlic. I sliced the bison chunks as thinly as I could, and warmed up my home-made au jus. Soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, sesame chili oil, a little ginger, a little water, and a little bit of coca-cola. Not exactly the best for you, but it tastes good. I added in my thinly sliced meat pieces, and I let it warm up for a couple of minutes. I got the peppers nice and crispy, and when everything was ready, i split open the hot-dog buns, spread out the peppers, and added in the meat. A couple of spoonfuls of the au-jus and it was ready to eat!

If I would have done things differently, I would have had a better roll, and some more garlic… and probably some onions as well.