This is basically my “Outback leftover” sandwich. Every time I go to Outback, I get so full before my dinner comes because of the bloomin onion, bread, and salad that I stuff myself with before the main meal comes out. I probably took home 14 ounces of the 16 ounce prime rib, with all of the mashed potatoes, and a quarter of a bloomin onion. Of course, the first thing I thought of was “This is gonna be great on a sandwich”. I’m also convinced this is the only way you can eat a bloomin onion the day after. On a sandwich.
One of my new favorite hobbies is making challah. It’s so much fun because it’s easy to make, fun to braid, and super versatile so you can put whatever you want in/on it. Yesterday, I decided to make 2 loaves of challah with parmesan and rosemary in it and some sprinkled on top with garlic powder.
I got distracted for a few hours and let the second rise (after braiding but before baking) go too long and the challah became wide and deformed. It’s okay though because I cut it bun-style and it was still delicious and perfect for the sandwich I wanted to make.
For the sandwich:
First, I cut up the prime rib and reheated in a pan over low heat with the au jus that came with it. Stirred it around just until it was warm and the sauce was reduced. I had a genius plan in my head that I was going to shape the leftover mashed potatoes into a pancake and fry it up like a potato pancake. But in real life, I definitely needed a binder like cheese, or more patience, because it just turned back into mashed potatoes and not the magical pancake like I imagined it to be. Oh well. I also threw the bloomin onion into the pan over high heat and stirred it around for a little while until sizzled at me.
I cut open the bread, spread on the mashed potatoes, put on a slice of provolone, layered on the prime rib, then the bloomin onion, and then added another slice of provolone for good luck. I then panini-ed it, but the sandwich was probably too big for the panini maker because there was a lot of sliding going on.
This sandwich was huge, it probably weighed over a pound and took me over 3 meals to finish it all.
It was all worth it in the end though because in total, I got 4 meals out of the high sodium, artery clogging dinner we had on Friday.