Archive for March, 2004

Open-Faced Pepper Steak Sandwiches
Monday, March 8th, 2004

Inspired by the most recent Is My Blog Burning?, but too hungry and rushed to actually create something with a spreadable base, I threw together the following, which I will not call tartines in respect for actual tartines.

Steak rub:
a few shakes salt
olive oil
3 squirts chinese mystery hot sauce

(sandwiches clockwise from left)

1 slice tuscan bread
1 tsp peach salsa
4 pieces steak
1 slice red onion

1 thin slice tuscan bread
1 baby mozzarella, sliced
1/4 tsp olive oil
4 pieces steak
cracked black pepper

1 slice tuscan bread
4 pieces steak
1/2″ block of cheddar, shredded


  • The meat was too tough & dry (overcooked and a little bit too old).
  • I really disliked the sweetness of the peach salsa at first, and thought it didn’t work well with the steak, but then the taste very quickly grew on me.
  • Black pepper by itself would have been better than the hot sauce.
  • The simplest one (cheddar & steak, #1) was the clear best of the three, although it was still too dry.
  • The surprisingly acceptable $4 bottle of wine from the bulletproof liquor store next to work in Chinatown helped a lot.