Creating Meals from Speed Scratch
Posted by by Peter Kuhr, product development manager
Friday, July 15, 2011
If you’re like me, you enjoy eating different things day in and day out but find it taxing to always cook from scratch. My wife and I are both busy with our careers and usually don’t get a chance to prepare our weeknight meals until well after 6 or 7 p.m. We’re always looking for ways to create new meal ideas using existing finished products. I have heard this type of food preparation is called “speed scratch.”
One item I recently came up with is a hearty sandwich making use of our Lunds and Byerly’s Herbed Turkey frozen entrée. First I thaw the turkey fully so I can manage the pieces and remove and reserve the gravy. I take an artisan baguette and split it lengthwise. Then I take the reserved gravy and add it to a sauce pan with caramelized shallots, Dijon mustard and chopped fresh dill. I bring it to a simmer – cook for just three minutes to combine and reserve. Keep the sauce to the side for now. Then I take the baguette, smear on some of the dill sauce to both sides, add the turkey slices, slices of Lorraine Swiss or Jarlsburg cheese, and Danish boiled ham slices. Or, if you want to take it to the next level, use Serrano ham instead. Then add pickled cucumbers or the pickle of your choice. Wrap the whole affair in foil, put on a grill using medium-low heat and top the sandwich with a foil covered brick or any other heavy item that can withstand heat to press the sandwich while heating. Cooking time should take about eight to ten minutes per side. Remove from the grill, unwrap and slice into servings. Serve with extra sauce for dipping.
I call this a Scandinavian Hoagie Cubano style! Enjoy.