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Ye Regular Olde Burger: Beef Patty, Spinach, Baby Cucumber, Tomato, Mustard And Basil Dressing On A Pandesal Roll

OK, you have a point. This is perhaps not quite amazing enough to be on “amazing sandwiches”… But we liked it. This is a simple, plain garden variety burger, and sometimes that’s all you need to bring you back from a long day at work doing the man’s bidding. Yes, you know what we mean; cubicle work!

Regular olde burger with beef patty, cucumber, tomato, mustard dressing on a boleo bun
Ye Regular Olde Burger: Beef Patty, Spinach, Baby Cucumber, Tomato, Mustard And Basil Dressing On A Pandesal Roll
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“Sloppy Pope” – Beef Patty With Feta, Chunky Chili And Parsley On Pandesal Bun

A typical Sloppy Joe consists of “ground beef, onions, sweetened tomato sauce or ketchup and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun.” Well, we decided to make our own version of the Sloppy Joe, which we call the Sloppy Pope. We use a pandesal bun, a feta-beef-patty, and our own homemade chunky chili. To top if off and make it look real pretty, we add a little parsley. As for the name “sloppy pope?” Well, let’s just say it’s a long story…

Sloppy Joe Bonus Burger; feta-beef patty, with homemade chili and parsley on boleo bun
"Sloppy Pope" - Beef Patty With Feta, Chunky Chili And Parsley On Pandesal Bun

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Turkey Sandwich with Greens, Curry Crème Fraîche, Fennel Seeds and Roquefort Cheese

After Thanksgiving, it’s time for the leftover turkey to reign supreme. Truth be told, we celebrated thanksgiving with friends, and forgot to bring home leftovers, so, undeterred, we cooked another turkey the next day. Just for sandwiches. Is that dedication or what !?

Turkey Sandwich with Greens, Curry Sour Cream, Fennel Seeds and Roquefort Cheese
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Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich with Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise and Lettuce, Asian Pear, and Avocado on a Pandesal Roll

Since his birthday lunch of seared tuna at Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill, Anders has been dreaming about making a tuna sandwich.  But the price of fresh tuna and our relative inexperience with cooking it has served as  a big deterrence.  You don’t want to ruin a $14/lb tuna steak!  Anyway, this weekend he could not be stopped. We finally succumbed and  bought a ginormous ahi tuna steak at Costco. This was one fantastic looking steak – probably big enough for 4-5 tuna rolls.  So the plan was to sear the tuna, and, borrowing inspiration from Blue Water Seafood, serve it on a soft bun, rather than the artesan-style breads and rolls we typically use. 

With a game plan in mind, the search was on for an acceptable roll. Anders just happened to be shopping at Lucky Supermarket – one of the 6 supermarkets that we just had to visit this weekend to satisfy our finicky grocery needs – when he happened upon: Pandesal rolls. Slightly sweet Filipino bread rolls which are very soft. Getting home with the unexpected find, it was time for the searing. A quick Google search, and a plan were laid to do one steak with sesame seeds, and one with a spice rub. From this point on we basically improvised the recipes below based on the content of our pantry, and the rest was… well see for yourselves.

Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich with Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise and Iceberg Lettuce, Asian Pear, and Avocado
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