12 November 2012

Panino con Fettine di Bistecca e Peperoni ( Beefsteak Slices & Pepper Sandwich)


Planning meals for a family of four with different tastes is difficult.  Adults are flexible but kids can become too choosy and can easily break into tantrums.  For this reason, our family dinners are frequently chaotic, never silent and often concluded with teary-eyed faces. Care to join us for dinner? 


There are times when I cook different kinds of food for each member of the family.  You can imagine how busy that makes me whipping up dinner in the kitchen.  By principle, I am totally against it because I believe that the family eats together what is served on the table.  That's how I was brought up and that's how I would like my children to grow up too.  But I just wave the white flag when I don't want to fight disciplining the kids and just join the flow.  Physical stress is far better than mental stress.  


When I saw Monica Bianchessi preparing this panino in her show, Pronto in Tavola, I was ecstatic!  A sandwich like this for dinner will definitely give our dinner table the peace that my husband and I always hope for.  It only happens when there is a favorite food on the table.  A chance to cook something new gives me hope that I will be able to add it to the list of recipes to keep for the kids.  I was not sure about the peperoni (capsicum/pepper) but I was sure that the sautéed bistecca (beefsteak) slices marinated in soy sauce & lemon and eaten like a sandwich would win the kids' palates without a doubt. 

Let me lead you to the recipe and I hope you enjoy this recipe like we all did.  If you have little fussy eaters at home, maybe this can also do the trick.  

Buon appetito!


 

Panino con Fettine di Bistecca e Peperoni

Beefsteak Slices & Pepper Sandwich


Ingredients:
Fills up 1 whole baguette 
Serves 2 - 4
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (adjust the amount according to your taste)
  • ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + extra for sautéing
  • sesame seeds
  • 400 g. beefsteak, sliced into strips
  • 1 baguette 
  • 1 capsicum or bell pepper, seeded & sliced into strips
  • salad leaves
Directions:
  1. Make the marinade. Mix the soy sauce & lemon in a small bowl.  Adjust the amount of the lemon according to your taste.  Sprinkle with the ground pepper & sesame seeds.  Mix in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Mix.
  2. Put the beef in a bowl.  Pour the marinade in the bowl then coat the beef well.  Let it rest for at least 1/2 hour. 
  3. Meanwhile, cut the baguette in the middle to have two pieces.  Then slice each piece horizontally to prepare them for the filling.  Excavate a bit the middle part to give room for the filling.  See the picture above.  Set aside.
  4. Sauté the bell pepper in a pan with little oil.  Cook them until they are slightly brown.
  5. Mix in the marinated beef.  Sauté with the pepper.  Continue cooking until they are cooked through, about 10 minutes. 
  6. Scatter some salad leaves on one bread.  Put the sautéed beef & pepper on it.  Close the sandwich with the other half of the baguette.  Do the same with the remaining ingredients.  
  7. Serve while still hot.




14 comments:

  1. Your world sounds exactly like mine at meal time! Either fight the fight that I cannot win or join the fun LOL! Your Sandwich would be winner at my house. We love this combination and yours look perfect! Have a lovely week ahead!

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    1. I'm relieved to know that I am not alone in this kind of meal scene. LOL! Yup, I think kids can easily like this sandwich. Have a good week too!

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  2. I just saw this on Facebook- I want a sandwich like this one for dinner, yum!!! Beautifully done with lovely photos;-)

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    1. I feel the same when I see a food picture floating around FB. I wish I can have it for dinner or whatever time of the day it is! Thanks Patty!

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  3. You know I want to come for dinner! I love this panino, scrumptious!

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    1. You're welcome to join us Laura! Anytime!

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  4. I totally get what you are saying that sometimes we feel like a short order cook at home - different sets of meals for family members. I'm with you...sometimes, I just don't have the energy to fight anymore, so I just give in! Anyway, this panino looks gorgeous! Drool-worthy!

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    1. You, Sandra and I should win the supermom medals for cooking different meals for every member of the family. Tiring isn't it?

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  5. I totally agree. Lately I ask them to be quiet for just a minute (to keep my sanity back) but that request doesn't work. I live in noise all day long! I have to agree this sandwich will make them very focused and stay quiet for some time. They will love sandwich like this. Beautiful sandwich (even though I make them same way, I highly doubt mine would look like gourmet sandwich like yours!).

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    1. Too noisy that you don't even hear your own thoughts? Or impossible to exchange a word with your hubby? LOL! Yes, we do live in the same planet Nami. I hope a sandwich like this wins you a few minutes of silence too like we did.

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  6. This reminds me of one of my favorite dishes which I made just recently--bistek tagalo--in sandwich form. I can't imagine anyone not loving this. Yum!

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    1. You just gave me a delicious idea of bistek tagalog sandwich Jean! They love bistek tagalog and I think I might just have a few minutes of silence if I serve it to them. :-)

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  7. I made something similar to this a couple of months ago. It was from my 30-Minute Meals cookbook by Jamie Oliver. It was a bit different but totally delicious. I am glad you satisfied your children's palates with this. It must be really hard. I only have one son and he's adult now but when he was small, he ate what we ate so I was lucky, I suppose. I can't remember any battles, but my memory might be failing me.

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    1. I have that book of Jamie! Well, I have most of his books actually and I watch him constantly. :-) Lucky your son eats everything. My older son is much easier than my extremely picky daughter. With two kids to please, dinners are quite hard to go through. :-)

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