From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Those who work with, or entertain, teens will find this recipe helpful. It makes sandwiches that are different, delicious and easy on the pocketbook. The warm hoagies are easy to prepare but they do require advance planning, as they must be refrigerated for at least two hours before they are baked. The base recipe will make a sandwich with only moderate heat, so if you like your sandwiches spicy, add jalapenos to the filling before the sandwiches are baked. We had these last weekend at a large, multi age barbecue. The sandwiches were meant to be fillers or meal extenders, as our hostess was unsure of the number of people she would be entertaining. As it turned out, she had a crowd and needed them to stretch the chicken and sausage she had on the grill. It was the first time I had this sandwich and I liked it well enough to ask for the recipe. I thought those of you who work with youth groups or regularly have grandchildren at the table might work these sandwiches into your meal plans. Here is how they are made.
Chili-Cheese Sandwich Rolls...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens magazine
2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
2 cups chopped yellow onions
2 cups chopped mixed color sweet peppers
2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with chili spices, undiluted
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
16 hoagie or French-style rolls
8 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, grated
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1) In a large skillet, cook beef, onions, peppers and garlic over medium heat until meat is brown. Drain fat from pan. Stir in undiluted tomatoes, cumin and black pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Cool mixture for 30 minutes or place in refrigerator until ready to assemble sandwiches.
2) Split buns lengthwise. Hollow out bottoms, leaving a 1/4-inch shell. Place an equal portion of jack cheese in bottom of each bun. Spoon an equal portion of meat mixture over cheese, then top meat mixture with cheddar cheese. Cover with top half of buns. Wrap each roll in parchment paper then in foil. Chill in refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours.
3) To serve, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Placed wrapped sandwiches on a baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and filling is hot. Yield: 16 sandwiches.
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