Tuesday, February 16, 2010

- Valentine's Day 2010 -

Hey everybody, I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day .. what did you and your loved one do for the big day?  Go out for dinner?  Take in a movie?  Or, did you keep it pretty frugal .. a picnic in the park?  Rent videos and stay inside all nice and toasty?  Whatever you did, how fabulous for you!

So, you know you wanna ask!  What did moi and the silly Dutch guy do for V-day?  We both had to work .. ALL DAY!  Sure, someone has to be around to decorate cakes and rent out videos to all you Valentine's Day celebrators .. and that just happened to be us!  You should have come in and said hi .. *wink*

It's all good, it gave me ALL DAY to think of something special to make for my sweetheart for dinner ..

I racked my brain for something different, something sandwichy for the Dutch guy .. something that wouldn't take forever to fix ..

Folks, :drumroll: I give to you, the ..

Savory Mushroom and Swiss Marinated Beef sandwich!

Warning:  We did not harm any condiments during the eating of this sandwich but,
you could add anything you want to if need be!

I know, I know .. it's a thing of beauty, isn't it?

Look at all that cheesy goodness!

Wait for it .. waaaaaait for iiiiiit ..

BOOM!  That's what I'm talkin' about!
Look at all that meltiness!

Oh man, I can't contain my excitement!
I even amazed myself, people!

The silly Dutch guy can't contain all that excitement either!
Dig right in, behbe .. Happy Valentine's Day and I love you!

Savory Mushroom and Swiss Marinated Beef sandwich

1 lb. top round roast, thinly sliced
2-3 T. soy sauce
1 T. dried parsley
1/2 t. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
 2 T. olive oil

8 oz. white mushrooms, sliced
 2 T. butter

1 large loaf of ciabatta bread
4 slices baby swiss

  1. In a large ziplock baggie or bowl, add first 5 ingredients.  Mix well and let set for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Add olive oil to a pan over medium heat.  Put contents of beef mixture into pan and fry until meat is no longer pink.
  3. Add mushrooms and butter, stirring to combine ingredients.  Turn heat down to low and cover, cooking for 30 minutes. 
  4. Slice ciabatta loaf longways and toast in a 400F. oven for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Take meat mixture and pile onto bottom half of ciabatta.  Take your swiss slices and lay across top of mixture.
  6. Put back into the oven and broil until cheese is melted.
  7. Top with other half of ciabatta and slice down the middle or into fourths.
Feeds 2 hungry, hard working Valentine's or 4 not so hungry, everyday folks.

Savory Mushroom and Swiss Marinated Beef Sandwich on FoodistaSavory Mushroom and Swiss Marinated Beef Sandwich


  1. I don't even eat beef and that looks fab.

  2. Thanx, Dorothy! Y'know, I bet it would be just as tasty if you used portobella mushrooms in place of beef .. I think we'd even enjoy it ourselves!

  3. WOW that looks good. wes and i just sat around the house all day, ate hardees burgers and watched the movie FARGO. it was the best! may sound odd to some, but we were happy. i rarely see him anymore so it was special for us. wanted to fix something but we both felt like burgers. in general i'm trying to cook a little more, and this recipe sounds perfect-o! i will have to try it.

  4. Thanx, Deanne! It sounds like you two had a fabulous V-day .. we love Hardee's as well and FARGO is one of the best movies, don't ya know! I hope you try this sandwich sometime! Luckily enough, I found the ciabatta loaf on the 40% bakery rack and that's what started the brainstorm session .. and the baby swiss came from our beloved deli department .. <3


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