Stove-Top Sirloin Sandwiches + “Big Bowl of Love” Cookbook Giveaway!

As you could tell from my interview with Cristina Ferrare, cookbook author and host of Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love on OWN, love is a key ingredient in her cooking. Today’s Stove-Top Sirloin Sandwiches from her cookbook are no exception. They bring together steak and cheese hot off the broiler with crisp, raw vegetables – kind of like “cheese steaks meets bánh mì“. Her daughter Alex’s salsa verde condiment ratchets up the flavor of the sandwiches several notches. It’s fabulous!Read on for Cristina’s Stove-Top Sirloin Sandwiches recipe and a chance to win a copy of the Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love cookbook.

Of course, you could very easily grill the steak and melt the cheese on your panini grill. But there’s a key benefit to preparing this sandwich just as Cristina describes in the recipe: the raw cucumbers and red peppers retain their crisp bite. If you’ve ever tried a Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich you know how fantastic that hot-cold contrast is. The salsa verde on the sandwich, with its green olives, capers, shallots and vinegar, reminds me a lot of the olive salad on a muffuletta. The bold flavors seep into the soft baguette and…mmmm…it’s an incredible sandwich.

Besides the Stove-Top Sirloin Sandwiches, I’ve also tried Cristina’s Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Italian Sausage, Fall-Off-the-Bone Roasted Chicken Thighs, “Best Ever” Chicken Chili, Marinated Grilled Flank Steak Fajitas and Super-Duper Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. Every dinner for a week at our house came from this cookbook, and we ate well! It was easy to cook from this book on weeknights as so many of the recipes require simple preparation.

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The giveaway will close on Monday, June 6, 2011 at noon PDT. [THE GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED] I will use to select one winner to receive a copy of Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love cookbook and announce the winner in this post. Due to shipping costs, the prize can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

***UPDATE 6/8/11 – Congratulations to our winner – #19, Leanna Morris!

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Stove-Top Sirloin Sandwiches

From Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love by Cristina Ferrare. Reprinted with permission.

Prep time: 10 minutes (make Salsa Verde ahead of time) | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches


For the Salsa Verde:

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 cup packed Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 8 pitted green olives, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar

For the Sandwiches:

  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked pepper
  • 1 (4- to 5-ounce) 1/4-inch-thick beef cutlet from a sirloin (ask your butcher for cutlets made from a sirloin)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 French baguette
  • Dijon mustard
  • 6 slices Muenster cheese
  • 12 thin slices cucumber
  • 2 medium red peppers, cut into 1/4-inch strips


Prepare the Salsa Verde:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a glass bowl and mix. Cover and let sit for an hour. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Prepare the Sandwiches:

  1. Salt and pepper each piece of sirloin. Heat an ovenproof skillet for about 3 minutes, until hot. Add the olive oil and swirl it around the pan. Sauté the cutlets for 30 seconds on each side. Transfer from the skillet to a plate to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Cut the bread into 4 (6-inch) pieces. Slice into sandwich halves, then toast. Spread 1 tablespoon of Salsa Verde over half of the slices of toasted baguette. These will be the bottoms of the sandwiches. On the other half of the baguette slices, spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard. These will be the tops of the sandwiches.
  3. Place an oven rack 2 inches from the broiler. Turn on the broiler.
  4. Slice the meat on a diagonal into thin slices, and place back in the ovenproof skillet. Lay the cheese slices on top, and broil until the cheese begins to melt, 30 to 40 seconds. With a metal spatula, lift the beef and melted cheese and distribute among the bottom baguette halves. Layer on 4 slices of cucumber and 6 strips of red pepper per sandwich. Cover with the top baguette halves.



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