This is a recipe my husband created, based on the Edwardian shooter sandwich that the Guardian in the UK chose as the best sandwich ever. You prepare a sandwich of seared steak, slathered in horseradish sauce, and layered with mushrooms and parsley, and then weigh it down overnight so that the flavors meld together. It's a great dish to serve, sliced, at a buffet. —Fairmount_market
1 very large sandwich for a crowd
large loaf of crusty artisanal bread, approximately the shape of the steaks
Slice the loaf of bread in half and hollow out a lot of the crumb to make room for the sandwich fillings.
Slice the mushrooms finely and dice the shallots. Heat the butter and cook the mushrooms and shallots over medium heat with a generous grinding of salt and pepper. When the mushrooms start to release their juices, add the madeira and Worcester sauce and keep cooking until all of the liquids have evaporated.
Meanwhile, salt and pepper the steaks. Heat a large cast iron skillet and sear the steaks on both sides until they are cooked to medium.
While the ingredients are still hot, assemble the sandwich. Mix the creamed horseradish and mustard and slather half on one of the steaks. Place this, horseradish down, into a carved out bread half. Layer on the mushroom mixture and then the chopped parsley. Layer on the second steak, slather with the remaining horseradish mixture, and layer on the top half of the bread loaf.
Wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap, followed by aluminum foil, and weigh down overnight in the refrigerator under heavy weights, such as a cast iron skillet with canned tomatoes. Remove from the refrigerator for several hours before serving, to bring to room temperature. When you are ready to serve, unwrap the sandwich, slice, and serve.
I'm a biology professor and mother of two, and in my (limited) free time I love to cook, which is much more forgiving than laboratory science. Last year I helped start a farmers market in my neighborhood, and to promote it, I created a food blog: fairmountmarket.blogspot.com. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with recipes for local, seasonal ingredients and finding fun ways to cook with my children.