December 11, 2008

The Last of the Sandwiches

I don’t even know what to write anymore. You all must be sick and tired of hearing about my damned sandwiches. Don’t worry, this is it. We’ve moved into the realm of the salads, which I’ll be reporting on soon. But before I get to them, just let me say a few words – I promise! Only a few! – about these last few sandwiches. It’s worth it.

Bruschetta with Sauteed Peppers

Soft, melty peppers, crisp bread, gooey cheese, and a touch of basil. Need I say more?

Creamed Leeks on (Walnut) Toast

Writing about this, I want to eat it again. Right. Now. I had never really made creamed anything and this convinced me that it’s an excellent, if calorific, way to cook. But hey, I’m still eating vegetables, right? Here you just cook some leeks with butter, a little wine, a little cream and some parmesan. Heaven on a piece of toast. As well as a very simple and homey supper, this strikes me as something you could serve very easily as a dinner part canapé that would totally impress your guests.

There. That’s it. Recipes below. I promised, right?

Sauteed Peppers

From Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

4 large bell peppers – red, yellow, and/or orange

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon tomato paste diluted with ¼ cup water

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, to taste

1 ½ tablespoons chopped marjoram or two tablespoons sliced basil leaves

Slice the peppers into wide or narrow strips as you prefer. Heat the oil in a wide skillet, add the onion, and sauté over high heat until translucent and beginning to colour around the edges, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and peppers and continue to cook, stirring every so often, until the peppers are singed on the edges, about 10 minutes. Add the diluted tomato paste, lower the heat to medium, and continue cooking until the peppers are soft, about 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste, add the vinegar, and raise the heat to high. Cook, stirring frequently, until the peppers are glazed, then stir in the marjoram or basil.

To make the sandwich, toast some bread and rub half a clove of garlic on it. Cover the bread with grated fontina (or any kind, really) cheese. Put onto plates, spoon the peppers over top, and garnish with the basil.

Creamed Leeks on Toast

From same

Deborah suggests using walnut bread here, which I’m sure would be delicious. I didn’t buy any just for this and it was still great.

4 small or 2 large leeks, trimmed and sliced into ¼-inch rounds

1 ½ tablespoons butter

Salt and pepper

1/3 cup dry white wine

½ cup half-and-half or crème fraiche

2 teaspoons chopped tarragon, parsley or rosemary

¼ cup grated parmesan, gruyere, or crumbled goat cheese

2 slices bread, toasted and lightly buttered

Wash the leeks well, but don’t dry them. Melt the butter in a wide skillet, add the leeks, and toss with a little salt. Add the wine, cover, and cook over medium heat until the leeks are tender, about 20 minutes. Add the cream and herbs and simmer until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat, stir in the cheese, then spoon the leeks over the toast. Add pepper and serve.


Court said...

I love sandwiches! Just popped by off of the Supper in Stereo link, we are Edmonton food bloggers as well (, and I was going to add a blogroll to our page that included other Edmonton food blogs. Is it cool to add yours? If you like sandwiches, you should check out the one I will be adding in a couple of weeks based on my Italian Centre Shop trip :-)

Isabelle said...


Sorry for not replying sooner. Yes, I'd love it if you would add my blog to your blogroll! As soon as I get around to setting one up here, I will add yours as well.

The sandwich you made from the Italian Centre sounds divine! I looove sharp cheddar cheese. I have been meaning to go there and I feel like a trip is in order soon.