A Surprisingly Good Sandwich

September 16, 2011
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Author Notes

I’d intended to make this and a couple of other things in time to submit to the Holiday iPad App contest all about things pear, but somewhere along the line I lost track of a day, so the day I thought was Wednesday was really Thursday, which I realized about a half hour before the contest closed. So here we are. Instead, I made it for lunch today. It’s perfect for a weekend afternoon when you don’t need to be able to make and eat lunch in 15 minutes. Which no one should ever have to do, but that’s another subject. It's as easy to make one as it is to line up rolls and make several for Sunday afternoon football. Save me a spot on the couch.

Life doesn’t guarantee that anything will make the trip from idea to plate to palate without something getting a little lost in translation. But here, the sweet pears, smoky bacon, sharp mustard, and tender roastiness of the red pepper all come together in one surprisingly good sandwich. Oh, and the melty cheese.

What You'll Need
  • 1 good sandwich roll
  • Some really good mustard - I like stone-ground Dijon for just about everything but my coffee
  • 2 slices crisp bacon
  • 1 pear, peeled or not - I like Bosc because they look artful, like something freshly sculpted rather than freshly picked
  • 1 slab of roasted red peppers from a jar; alternatively, make ChezSuzanne's incredible Red Pepper Jam! http://www.food52.com/recipes...redpepper_jam
  • Slices of your favorite cheese
  1. Preheat the oven broiler, or use a toaster oven.
  2. While the bacon is frying, open the sandwich roll. Spread both sides with mustard, then lay some slices of your favorite cheese on both sides. Set on a baking sheet and run under the broiler until melted and somewhat browned. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350 degrees.
  3. Peel a pear of your choice, or don’t. I don’t find the skin objectionable. Stand it on end and cut thin slices from it vertically. Cut enough to cover the roll in one layer on top of the cheese on one side of the roll. Drain a roasted red pepper, then cut it in strips to cover the pears in one layer. When the bacon is done, drain it on a paper towel, and lay it over the pepper. Close the roll.
  4. Wrap the roll in foil. Set it on the baking sheet (you know, just in case). Set it in the oven. Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes. When done, remove, unwrap, cut in half, and set it on a plate.
  5. It goes well with a decent pale ale and a good book. Eat the rest of the pear for dessert.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • boulangere
  • Niknud
  • ashleychasesdinner
  • SKK
  • TheWimpyVegetarian

21 Reviews

boulangere September 22, 2011
What's your team?
boulangere September 22, 2011
Niknud, I'm so computer-challenged. Now, what is your team?
Niknud September 23, 2011
Broncos! Patriots as a nod to my roots (and because they occasionally win a game unlike my beloved Broncos). And really any team but the Raiders. Or the Cowboys.
boulangere September 25, 2011
Raiders, Cowboys, serious boooooooo. But the Patriots, sentimental favorites. My husband always rooted for them.
Niknud September 18, 2011
Oh, am so making this for game-day! I even have all the ingredients - looooove melty cheese. As I have often said, with the exception of blueberry smoothies EVERYTHING is better with melty cheese!
boulangere September 18, 2011
Have fun with it. I'd probably leave the melty cheese out of my coffee, too.
ashleychasesdinner September 18, 2011
I love the comment too about mustard for evrything but your coffee!! haha. I have everything to try this today for lunch! Can't wait!
boulangere September 18, 2011
It honestly isn't much of an exaggeration. I hope you enjoy it.
SKK September 17, 2011
I bet ChezSuzanne's red pepper jam would be great with this sandwich! Off to give it a try.
TheWimpyVegetarian September 17, 2011
Oh yum! And I've got some in my fridge - am going to try this too! Great idea!
boulangere September 17, 2011
Oooh, great idea.
TheWimpyVegetarian September 18, 2011
This indeed was my lunch today and it was sooooo good. What a great combination of flavors b!!!
boulangere September 19, 2011
Thank you so much. Your red pepper jam is, as we are saying these days, genius. And beautiful.
boulangere September 16, 2011
I'm consistently gratified when I have such esteemed company in something boneheaded.
TheWimpyVegetarian September 16, 2011
We have GOT to meet someday!
boulangere September 16, 2011
boulangere September 17, 2011
The marvelous Merrill left an ingredient out of her fabulous lobster recipe today. A woman after my own ability to omit the obvious.
TheWimpyVegetarian September 16, 2011
This looks great, b!! And yes, we were living in the same Universe today with thinking we had another day for this contest!!! I still have some pears left over and some roasted red peppers. Sounds like this is a perfect weekend nosh for tomorrow's lunch. I'm glad you posted it!
boulangere September 16, 2011
Sorry, CS, I couldn't even figure out how to post the above comment in the right place. I, too, have lots of pears left over . . .
drbabs September 16, 2011
Oh my.
boulangere September 16, 2011