Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sweet Chili Beef Sub

Servings: 2

Ingredients:
  • Soft crust french bread sticks - 2, foot long size
  • Minced Beef - 1/2 lb (250 gms)
  • Carrots - 1 med, finely chopped, to yield 1/2 cup
  • Onion - 1 med, chopped
  • Celery - 2 sticks, chopped, to yield 1/2 cup
  • Jalapeno - 2, finely chopped
  • Garlic cloves - 2, minced
  • BBQ sauce - 2 tbsp
  • Ketchup - 3 tbsp
  • Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & pepper - to taste
  • American Slices Cheese - to preference
Methods:
  • 1. In a non stick pot, heat 1 tbsp of oil. Add the onions and garlic, saute till the onions are translucent.
  • 2. Add the remaining vegetables. Saute for 2-3 min.
  • 3. Add the minced beef, saute on high heat till the meat changes colour to brown.
  • 4. Add the sauces and the dry spices and 1 cup of water. When adding the salt, take into account that the soy sauce will be salty. Reduce the heat to low-med. Simmer for about 20-25 min, or till the water evaporated and sauce reaches a thick sticky consistency.
  • 5. Meanwhile, cut the french sticks in half, lengthwise. Spray with some olive oil spray on the inner side and toast to your preferred crispness.
  • 6. Once the meat sauce is done, let it cool for 5 min. Then spread a generous amount of the meat sauce on one side of the breads, top with some slices of cheese (I used American Slices, you can use any cheese of your choice) and broil for 1-2 min, till the cheese is bubbly and browned.
  • 7. You can serve the subs as it is, or top with some crispy lettuce, sour cream and hot sauce for extra bite. Bon App├ętit!
Hints:
*For a vegetarian version, I had substituted the meat for same amount of chopped button mushrooms and followed the same methods. That also tastes pretty good.

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