Friday, July 10, 2015

The Colossus! ~ A Mile High Tower Sandwich of Roast Beef, Beef Bologna, Cotto Salami and Mexican Manchego Cheese with Curry Goat Milk Yogurt Spread








     Just Another Mile High Sandwich For A Lazy Day!
     Many people forget about the old days of making a huge, towering, mile high sandwich for a lazy day consisting of doing nothing more than watching sports during an entire Saturday afternoon.  
     I lived in a Pittsburg steel mill worker neighborhood when I was a little kid.  The steel mill workers were big people that worked hard all week.  Most of these workers fit the description of ancient giants or colossal gladiators.  
     Saturdays were always an official day of rest, relaxation and recuperation for steel mill workers.  Making a mile high sandwich was perfect for the moment.  After getting the aluminum foil just right on the TV antenna and settling into the easy chair, getting up out of the comfort zone was something that was avoided at all cost.  The bigger the sandwich, the more time could be spent lazing in the easy chair.  

     Colossus Sandwich Theory:
     A mile high tower sandwich is not meant to be eaten all at one time.  A mile high sandwich is designed to be casually munched on over the course of a few hours.  Obviously, a mile high sandwich can be shared, but for many folks a sandwich like this falls into the "Its all mine!" category. 

     Meats:  
     Cotto Salami, Roast Beef and Beef Bologna
     The size of a mile high sandwich is what really counts.  The selection of meats should be within working class budget minded parameters.  The rule of thumb is the cheaper, the better.  
     A trip to a grocery store that has a bag your own groceries theme or a food market that has a family style high volume purchase theme does equate to lower food costs.  Deli style roast beef, beef bologna and cotto salami are some of the cheapest deli meats that there is.  
     It takes a lot of meat to make a tall mile high sandwich.  About 1 pound each of Roast Beef, Cotto Salami and Bologna is enough to make today's Colossus Sandwich.
     
     Cheese:
     Mexican Manchego
     There are many good cheap cheese choices.  American style processed cheese products should never be on the option list.  Processed cheese products really are not cheese.  The molecular composition is closer to being plastic.  Processed cheese really does not digest like natural food and it contributes to cholesterol problems.  
     Real cheese is natural and it offers a higher nutritional value.  Even though the quality of cheap natural cheese is not exactly gourmet, it is the best choice for a working class mile high sandwich.  Cheap real natural cheese actually costs less than artificial processed cheese that is sold in fancy packages.  
     Some of the best choices for cheap cheese for a mile high sandwich are Bulk Cheddar and Bulk Mozzarella.  Locally here in the Southwest, cheap Mexican Manchego Cheese sells for a rock bottom price.  Manchego tastes pretty good on a sandwich.  About 1/2 pound to 3/4 pound of Mexican Manchego is needed for today's recipe.
     
     Bread: 
     Seven Grain or Whole Grain Sandwich Bread
     Sturdy sandwich bread is necessary for making a mile high sandwich.  Soft White Bread will get crushed by the weight of a multi deck sandwich.  Whole grain bread has a firm dense texture that is sturdy enough to make a sandwich that is stacked as tall as the ceiling.  From a health standpoint, whole grain bread is always the best choice. 

     Garnishes:
     Sliced Fresh Green JalapeƱo - Sliced Kosher Dill Pickle - Sliced Tomato - Sliced Bermuda Onion - Leaf Lettuce 
     The garnishes for a mile high sandwich should have all excess liquid drained off.  Tomatoes should be sliced thin, so the juices do not saturate the bread.  Any kind of excess liquid contained in the garnishes will result in a soggy unappealing mile high sandwich, so the excess moisture has to be eliminated.
     *Items like dill pickles and jalapeƱos should be sliced lengthwise.

     Spread:
     Curry Goat Milk Yogurt:
     This recipe yields enough for 1 mile high sandwich.  (about 3/4 cup)
     This is a nice tasting zesty sandwich spread!
     Step 1:  Place 5 ounces of goat milk yogurt (Greek style yogurt) in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1 teaspoon of minced shallot.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of ginger paste.
     Add 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of Madras Yellow Curry Powder. 
     Add 2 pinches of sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1 or 2 pinches of cayenne pepper.  (to taste)
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice.
     Step 2:  Stir the ingredients together.
     Chill the spread for 20 minutes, so the flavors meld.

     Assembly:
     • Build one deck at a time.  
     • Spread the Curry Yogurt on only one side of the bread, so the spread side faces up.  This way, each deck can be removed, folded in half and eaten.  
     • A thin layer of garnishes should be on each layer.  The garnish ingredients do not have to be the same on each layer.
     • About 2 to 3 ounces of meat is plenty for each layer.  Alternate the meat selection on each deck.
     • Use 2 long bamboo skewers to hold the sandwich halves together.  Garnish the skewer tops with pickle halves and stuffed olives.
     • Place the speared sandwich on a plate.  Use a razor sharp knife to cut the sandwich in half. Turn the sandwich halves on the plate, so they lean against each other and so they are stable enough to remain in a vertical position.
     • Garnish the plate with Italian Parsley leaves or pickles.  

     Turn on the ball game, sink into the easy chair, pour some iced tea from the pitcher and lazily munch the afternoon away.  This is what a mile high tower sandwich is all about! 

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