" Hero" Andy, Don't Be a Hero Sandwich

The following recipe was featured during the presentation of Hero during TBS Superstation's Dinner & a Movie.

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon toasted and ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed oregano
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 freshly baked French loaf, split in half lengthwise
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • whole grain mustard, for spreading
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced ham
  • 2 large dill pickles, sliced thinly lengthwise
  • 1 cup heart
  • 1 cup courage

Directions
1. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, garlic, black pepper, salt, and oregano. Mash together to form a paste. Add the lime juice and mash a little more.

2. Slice the pork into 1/4" slices; lay the slices between layers of plastic wrap and flatten gently with a meat pounder. Toss the lime juice mixture with the tenderloin and place in a zip-lock plastic bag or glass dish and marinate, refrigerate at least 20 minutes and no more than 12 hours.

3. Cover the onion and pepper slices with cold water in a small saucepan over high heat; boil for 2 minutes and drain. Add cider vinegar and season to taste with any remaining cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.

4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until very, very hot and quickly sear the pork on each side for about 1 minute. Don't overcook.

5. Spread the bread lightly with whole grain mustard and cover evenly with slices of pork. Pile on the onion-pepper mixture followed by the Swiss cheese, ham, and sliced dill pickles.

6. Wrap sandwich tightly with aluminum foil and place in a large caste iron griddle over medium heat. Set a heavy skillet atop the sandwich and cook for 3 or 4 minutes on each side, pressing down often to flatten.

7. Unwrap, slice and serve while hot.

8. Explain to your guests that true acts of heroism often involve hot soapy water and dirty dishes.

Makes you the hero of four happy guests



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