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Monday, March 5, 2012

Steak, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Brie on Foccacia

I love making sandwich's for dinner...they are fast , yummy, and you can really pack a lot of flavour into them. This is one of my favourites (and Hubs too!!) because really...who doesn't like steak sandwich's!

Steak, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Brie on Foccacia

 Take 1 Large Spanish Onion and thinly slice. Add to a saucepan on high heat with a drizzle of Olive Oil. Once the onions start to sweat a bit, turn the heat down to low and allow the onions to slowly caramelize (about 30 minutes)
 I like to add a splash of beer every so often to the onions while they are cooking. Gives them so much extra flavour. Once the onions are pretty brown, add 2 minced garlic cloves. Let them cook with the onions for about 5 minutes or so.
 In a second pan add about 2 Cups sliced cremini mushrooms with 1 tsp butter (medium high heat)
 Cook the mushrooms until they are nicely browned. Set these aside with your caramelized onions.
 Now for your steaks...since I wanted a quick (cheap) weeknight meal I used fast fry steaks. They are thin, cheap, and fast to cook. Great for sandwich's! Season the steaks with Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder.
 Heat up your pan on high with 1 tsp of butter.
 Add the steaks and fry quickly on both sides.
 I cooks these to a medium rare. Which is pretty fast since the steaks are so thin.
 You are now ready to assemble the sandwich. I like to use a rosemary foccacia, and since this bread is so dense, I only use 1 slice and make it an open faced sandwhich.
 Slice your bread on half and layer on the ingredients starting with the brie cheese. If I have it, I sometimes spread a little homemade garlic butter on the bread...but it doesn't really need it.
 Layer the Brie, Steak then top with the onions and mushrooms. Throw the whole sandwich under the broiler for a couple minutes to melt the cheese and toast the bread.
Serve with simple mixed greens and good quality balsamic vinegar. Super messy sandwich, perfect for eating with a knife and fork!

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