It’s Fathers day tomorrow, and with my three-year old in the kitchen, we planned this ultimate “man- or dad-sandwich” for my husband. I obviously had to get my husband’s thought on this as well, as I am a typical woman when it comes to making sandwiches. I want to make them tasty but healthy too. I love my vegetables and salads, so trying to move away from this stigma was hard.
This is what I came up with for him. A sundried – tomato and chilli bread filled with pastrami, fried fennel, mushrooms, peppers, pineapple, mascarpone cheese and topped with a garlic and fennel mayonnaise. Phew, this sandwich was as big as that description sounded.
The ultimate “Dad-sandwich”
Preparation time:30 minutes
Eating time: quick quick
Serves: One man with a big appetite!
Medium Ciabatta loaf
15ml Olive oil
1 Fennel bulb with leaves
4 Black mushrooms
3 Slices Pineapple, cored
1/2 Red Pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp Crushed Garlic
Fresh baby spinach leaves
100g Pastrami, thinly sliced
3 tbsp Soft Mascarpone Cheese ( I bought a pecan and fig variation from Woolworths)
1 Red salad onion, sliced thinly
Micro Crimson leaves to decorate
1. Cut a ciabatta loaf in half. I bought a loaf that has chilli, garlic and sun-dried tomato in already.
2. In a pan with olive oil. Fry the fennel bulb, that was thinly sliced, mushrooms, pineapple and red pepper. Not for too long as they will go soft.
3. Make a sauce by mixing the mayonnaise, garlic and the chopped fennel leaves together.
4. On the loaf, cover the base with spinach leaves and the sauce.
5. Pack a first layer of pastrami slices onto the loaf. Add the fried mushrooms, pineapple, pepper and fennel to the meat.
6. Spoon mascarpone cheese onto the pastrami layer.
7. Sprinkle thinly sliced onions and micro leaves on top, and add another layer of pastrami.
8. Season with ground black pepper and salt.
9. Drizzle the last of the mayonnaise onto the other half of the loaf before closing it.
I presented the plate with sweet potato chips.