Monday, May 28, 2012

The Pretend Steak Hoagie

Here's a quick and super easy way to replicate a steak hoagie at home, with a fraction of the prep time, calories, and fat that comes with a hoagie made from real steak. This is an ovo-lacto vegetarian-friendly meal that comes in at around 750-900 calories (depending on what kind of cheese, bread, and peppers that you use). It's one of those meals that will convince anyone that a vegetarian diet can be totally yummy. I love these with mustard and ketchup. Mike likes to put ketchup or barbecue sauce on his sandwiches. They are also delicious with nothing but the onions and peppers.

  • Flame-grilled Boca Burgers (there's 4 in a box)
  • 4-slices of low-fat mozzarella (white American) cheese
  • 4 sesame seed topped hamburger buns
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 peeled onion, cut in half and sliced
  • a few forkfuls of pickled banana peppers (you may substitute a fresh banana pepper or bell pepper. The important thing to remember is to fix the veggies in the way that you and your family will eat them best. I use pickled banana peppers because I love the flavor. You can also grill or roast the veggies, but the olive oil replicates the grease from a steak hoagie so be sure to include it somewhere. I've found that the best way to introduce meat eaters to vegetarian dishes is to make sure that the veggie dish mimics the real deal as much as possible). 
1. Heat the oil in a skillet. Saute the onions until they are clear (you can caramelize them, if you prefer). Add the banana peppers to the skillet just before you pull the onions from the heat - you just want to heat the peppers through (if you decide to use roasted peppers instead, this is when they need to be ready to use).

2. Prepare the Boca Burgers according to package directions. I like to cook them just a bit longer than directed. I like for the outside of the burger to get crispy. This helps mimic the texture of meat when you bite into the sandwich. 

3. While you're waiting for the Boca Burgers to cook, sort the tops of the hamburger buns from the bottoms. Put the tops on a plate, add a slice of cheese to each top, and zap in the microwave (or oven) for a few seconds (minutes) to melt the cheese.

4. Construct sandwiches and enjoy.

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