I know my usual schtick is to write about strange vintage recipes and unappetizing foods. Not today. Today for is Serious Business. Last week my brain imagined a sandwich so amazing that I need to share it with the world: the Pulled Beef, Caramelized Onion, and Gorgonzola Cheese Sandwich! (OK, so the title needs some work.) I don’t have a very specific recipe (prepare to pull out your hair in frustration at my vague instructions!), but I’ll share some general guidelines that will hopefully guide you to mouth-watering sandwich perfection.
Slow cooker/ crock pot
1 small pot roast (small enough to fit in your slow cooker)
Beef broth (enough to cover the pot roast)
1 package of cheap, powdered onion soup mix (because I’m a cheater)
2-3 medium or large sweet yellow onions (these cook down, so start with a lot)
1 splash of vegetable oil for cooking your onions (what the hell kind of measurement is “a splash”?)
1 large wedge of gorgonzola cheese (you can substitute another soft cheese like brie if you don’t care for the blue-type cheeses)
Crusty rolls or a sliced baguette (the crustiness is key!)
The first step (best to do this in the morning!) is to put the pot roast in the slow cooker, and cover it with a mixture of beef broth and the onion soup mix. Set it to low and ignore it for about 10 hours until the roast is tender and falling apart. (If you don’t have 10 hours, but you do have a pressure cooker, a friend told me that you can accomplish the same thing in roughly 20 minutes. I don’t have a pressure cooker, so I’ll take her word for it.)
Second step: Slice up those onions, put them in a frying pan with a splash of oil and caramelize “˜em! There are plenty of hints on the internet for making perfect caramelized onions, so I won’t get into the specifics, but cook them slowly over low heat until they are really soft, sweet, and brown.
Step, the third: Remove the roast from the slow cooker, then pull the beef apart with forks. (You may find it nearly impossible to keep yourself from snacking on the pulled beef at this point, but that’s perfectly natural. I hereby grant thee permission to snack!)
Step four: Take your crusty roll or bread and start assembling that sandwich! Start with a layer of the pulled beef, cover that with a layer of the caramelized onions, then top it with a layer of gorgonzola cheese. (If you really insist, you can use another type of soft cheese like brie or camembert, but the I am proudly Team Stinky Bleu ALL THE WAY!) Ideally, the beef and the onions should still be warm when you’re assembling the sandwich, so the cheese will go a little bit melty on top.
Step final: Enjoy and repeat as needed! If you’re a vegetarian, this would still be mouth-watering with just the gorgonzola and caramelized onions. You don’t even need the meat if that isn’t your style. You guys, this sandwich is seriously good. All the flavors mingle together like a magical world of rainbows and unicorns and … unf. And yes, the appropriate sound to make when thinking about this sandwich is “unf”. I DON’T THINK I CAN EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW DELICIOUS THIS IS! (I’m sorry for the shouty-caps, but I get really excited about sandwiches!)