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The first sandwich in A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches is called “Altered Beef,” inspired by east coast roast beef sandwiches. The main ingredients are hot roast beef, jus, mozzarella, roasted onions and pickled bean sprouts.
Three components required prep work, so I spread each one out throughout a week’s time, starting with the easiest one which was pickling bean sprouts. You combine sugar, salt, white vinegar and mung bean sprouts into a jar and put it in the fridge. I just used a mason jar. Second part of prep work was making roast beef, which wasn’t too difficult. I slathered the beef with marinade and let it slow cook in the oven for 2 hours. The roast beef required fried shallots as part of the marinade, which I opted out of and just used chopped shallots instead, which was totally fine. Last part of prep work was roasting onions. I went with red to add some color to the sandwich.
As a hot roast beef sandwich, Altered Beef requires the making of au jus. This required getting bones, broccoli stems, onion, ginger and garlic and first roasting those ingredients then creating a stock out of it. I decided to cheat and use beef broth (I know, but honestly I still think it came out tasty). In the beef broth I still simmered those ingredients and strained them and all was fine. I saved myself hours of labor. Disclaimer, as I make each sandwich in this cookbook, I’m going to Sandra Lee my way through some of it to keep this project fun and not something that turns into a burden.
Once the jus is ready, you bring it to a boil and cook the roast beef and roasted onions in it. You then lay the roast beef and onions onto a kaiser roll and top with mozzarella, pickled bean sprouts and cilantro. Then the piece de resistance – ladle the hot au jus over the sandwich. My sandwich picture was pre-jus ladling because I’m not sure how well soggy bread would have photographed. Although not good for photography, the au jus was obviously incredible for the sandwich. I was very happy with the results. 🙂