Friday, December 3, 2010

Sloppy Giuseppe Sandwich

The Italian Sloppy Joe Sandwich!
     I used to make this sandwich at a cafe that was attached to a fine dining Italian seafood restaurant.  The two restaurants used the common main kitchen for preparing the food for the two very different menus.  The Italian seafood restaurant was formal fine dining.  The cafe menu was very creative casual trendy Italian food.  Both restaurants were very successful until a change of ownership occurred.  Then both restaurants went out of business.
     I cooked in the cafe most of the time.  The cafe had an open kitchen that was located at one end of the dining room.  People used to stand by the open view kitchen and watch us cook dinner for several hundred people.  That was the first open view kitchen I had ever worked in.  Clean food handling skills are a plus when working in a kitchen with no walls.
     The chef put the two cleanest high skilled cooks in the open cafe kitchen.  One of them was me!  I am one of those freaky chefs who can cook for a thousand people and never get even a tiny splatter of a sauce on my white chefs jacket.  A dirty slob who shoves food in his own mouth while customers are watching is not a good choice for an open view kitchen chef!
     The problem that we had in the cafe, was the Sloppy Giuseppe Sandwich.  The Sloppy Giuseppe that we cooked was so good tasting, that the grungy cooks from the main kitchen would walk out to the open cafe kitchen to make one of the sandwiches to munch on during business hours, while the public was viewing.  The grubby cooks would stand there, sweaty, dirty and unshaved, eating a Sloppy Giuseppe sandwich while staring at the good looking women in the dining room.  We had to ban the main kitchen crew from eating this great sandwich in our open view kitchen!
     Later, when I ran this Sloppy Giuseppe sandwich on the special board, I made one batch for the restaurant menu business and I made a second batch for the grubby crew in the main kitchen.  Problem solved!  This kept the main kitchen animals out of the open view kitchen.
     This Sloppy Giuseppe sandwich is a winner!
     Sloppy Giuseppe Recipe:
     This recipe makes enough for 2 to 3 sandwiches!
     Bake a 6 to 8 ounce mild fresh Italian sausage in a 400 degree oven, till it is fully cooked.
     Cool the sausage.
     Cut the sausage into thin slices.
     Set the sliced sausage aside.
     Heat a saute pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
     Add 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic.
     Add 1/2 cup of chopped onion.
     Saute till the onions turn clear in color.
     Add 8 ounces of lean ground beef.  (The ground beef must be at least 90% lean, because the grease is not drained off of the mixture, after the ground beef is cooked!)
     Saute the ground beef and break up the large chunks into little pieces with a wooden spoon.
     Saute till the ground beef becomes browned.
     Add 1/3 cup of of chopped green bell pepper.
     Add 1/3 cup of chopped red bell pepper.
     Add 1/3 cup of diced fresh plum tomato.
     Add 3 tablespoons of tomato paste.
     Add 1 cup of rich beef broth.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 2 pinches of basil.
     Add 1 pinch of marjoram.
     Add 1 pinch of oregano.
     Add 2 pinches of crushed dried red pepper.
     Add 1 teaspoon of ancho chili powder.
     Add the reserved portion of cooked sliced sausage.
     Add 6 ounces of thin sliced Italian dried cured Calabrese sausage.  (You can substitute American pepperoni sausage if you can not find any Calabrese sausage.)
     Add 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar.
     Add 3 pinches of chopped parsley.
     Reduce the temperature to low heat.
     Simmer the Sloppy Giuseppe mixture, till it reduces and it becomes thick and reddish brown in color.
     Split an Italian bread sub roll in half and warm it in an oven.
     Spoon some of the Sloppy Giuseppe mixture onto the warm sub roll bottom.
     Set the bottom half of the sandwich on a plate and canter the top half of the sub roll against the sandwich's bottom half.
     Garnish the plate with parsley sprigs, black olives and small pickled hot peppers.
     Sloppy and delicious!  The flavor is so much richer than a standard Sloppy Joe Sandwich.  The dried Calabrese sausage and the fresh Italian sausage add a wonderful flavor to this sandwich.  Honestly, this sandwich is addictive.  Nobody can eat just one!  Ciao Baby!  ...  Shawna  

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