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The Soft, Pillowy Goodness of a Hot ______ Sandwich

mamachef Sep 11, 2010 03:29 PM

Try to remember, y'all. The bread that had to be pillowy-soft, deep caramelized gravy, ladled over slices of slow-cooked goodness. Turkey, beef, ham. W/ a small, paper-cup size of relish, chutney or sauce. I always had to ask for extra. Mashed potatoes, some vegie in a dish, but really, fellow chowhounds; does it get a whole lot better? Chime on in.

  1. Sra. Swanky Sep 11, 2010 06:47 PM

    mmmmmm....I remember. :o) Hot open roast beef and turkey...it's my old standby at my favorite diner. Always comforting, always hits the spot. Gotta have buttery mashed potatoes. Or disco fries - either way, it's a winner!

    5 Replies
    1. re: Sra. Swanky
      mamachef Sep 11, 2010 06:50 PM

      talk Dirty, Sra. I'm craving one right now, but feeling too lazy to seek it out. Woe is me.

      1. re: mamachef
        Sra. Swanky Sep 11, 2010 06:57 PM

        LOL!!! :o) Sr. Swanky just told me he's ashamed of the lengths he'd go to for a good hot open roast "beast" sandwich! It's true. There's gotta be a 24-hour diner near you that'll serve this up! Life's too short to deprive yourself...maybe they have delivery!

        1. re: Sra. Swanky
          mamachef Sep 12, 2010 08:07 AM

          Just couldn't pull my act together for yesterday, but today am going to oven-roast a turkey breast, make an herbed gravy and some toasted garlic mashed spuds with a lot of unsalted butter, last of the string beans, and the last of last year's frozen cranberries. I have some dill bread from Eduardo's in San Rafael. Not perfectly classic, but perfectly exactly what the weather and the mood calls for.

          1. re: Sra. Swanky
            mamachef Sep 14, 2010 08:00 AM

            Had to laugh at "roast beast". #2 son for some reason had trouble w/ the letter "t", and to this day it's "meafloaf" at our casa.

            1. re: mamachef
              Sra. Swanky Sep 14, 2010 06:25 PM

              LOL!!! That's one of the adorable things that'll stick with him for life! :o) Thanks to "How the Grinch Stole Chrismas", Sr. Swanky's favorite book from his boyhood, he's still calling it "roast beast" well into his 30s!!

      2. ipsedixit Sep 11, 2010 07:26 PM

        Philly cheesesteak from Pats (in Phlly)

        Beef dip from Philippe's (in Los Angeles)

        Red Chile Beef Fry Bread from The Fry Bread House (Phoenix)

        1 Reply
        1. re: ipsedixit
          mamachef Sep 12, 2010 08:04 AM

          Ohhhh, Philippe's, I remember it well. Doubledipped, if you please.

        2. soypower Sep 11, 2010 08:11 PM

          I used to go to a lunch spot near my office that served hot turkey sandwiches...Thick, fluffy slice of potato bread, topped with sliced roast turkey (roasted daily), then two beautiful, round scoops of stuffing. All smothered in the silky, salty goodness of turkey gravy. Had to have a gelatinous slice of cranberry sauce straight from the can on the side.

          Now that I think of it, I really do miss that job. Not the work, just it's proximity to the cafe.

          1. coney with everything Sep 14, 2010 05:54 AM

            Hot turkey sandwich at Gobblers in Gaylord, Michigan (northern lower peninsula)

            http://leonstaples.com/GobblersRestau...

            Not the most sophisticated website :) but you get the idea

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            1. re: coney with everything
              Tripeler Sep 15, 2010 01:12 AM

              Jeez, I just looked at the Gobblers website. Amazing!!!

              This place HAS to be the double-wide of dining establishments.

              "Gobble Till You Wobble" -- indeed!

              1. re: Tripeler
                coney with everything Sep 15, 2010 05:41 AM

                It's a hoot in the winter because it's alongside a snowmobile trail, so most of the clientele walks in dressed in full cold weather gear.

                The decor is pretty, well, "up North" (mounted deer and wood panelling being the primary components of that style), but the turkey is great!

            2. bermudagourmetgoddess Sep 14, 2010 08:46 AM

              As much as I love the beef dips and hot open face turkey sandwiches I gotta go with a hot pulled pork sandwich ... nothing better than smokey tender pork with the crunch of tangy cole slaw and just a hint of home made BBQ sauce...Fried Okra on the side with mashed potatoes (mixed with corn nibblets) and gravy...that is good comfort food right there!

              1. j
                jcattles Sep 14, 2010 08:52 AM

                Total comfort food. It has to be with white bread though!
                I remember going to a diner in South Dakota & ordering a hot roast beef sandwich. I was looking forward to it as it had been a long time since I had one. When it came the center was near frozen. Not sure what was going on in the kitchen, but they brought me a new one and it was super hot & totally hit the spot.My husband always teases me and asks if I want a cold roast beef sandwich. lol

                1. bbqboy Sep 14, 2010 06:38 PM

                  Though I love Hot turkey beef & ham sandwiches, I have to vote for next-day meatloaf with potatoes and gravy on whitebread.

                  1. Soop Sep 15, 2010 04:10 AM

                    mmm, hot pork sandwich. Rare, because of the rules on re-heating pork, one must roast some pork with the intention of making sandwiches. Add in a few bits of crackling there too.

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