Move over steak sandwich from my first post -- there's a new "best sandwich I ever made" in town, and it was stolen straight from Jon Favreau's food truck in the movie Chef. Last night my friends Shea, TJ, and Weekend Rob came over with a panini press, a full bottle of gin, and we enjoyed some insanely delicious sandwiches that were 3 days in the making. Then we watched Chef, which was adorable and made me want to eat everything in the world.
But before we get into the details of this heavenly sandwich, here are a few of our thoughts about the movie!
- When we started the movie, we were already stuffed on chips, salsa, guacamole, and these incredible sandwiches. Nevertheless, watching Jon Favreau's character hate-cook made me feel like our dinner was suddenly inadequate, and I honestly could have mustered the strength to eat everything that he prepared on screen, despite the feasting we had already indulged in.
- Rob: "This movie is the second best thing that John Leguizamo has ever done. The first being Mario Bros."
- Jon Favreau's relationship with his ex-wife, played by Sofia Vergara, is the best ex-spouse relationship ever. Actually, other than the "living apart" bit, their relationship would be pretty impressive even for a still-married couple.
- Speaking of Sofia Vergara's character, what does she do? She appears to be independently wealthy and have a publicist (Amy Sedaris!) on retainer, but we had NO clue where her money came from.
- Speaking of Amy Sedaris, I cannot express how much I would love to watch Chef Carl Casper appear on the show Hell's Kitchen!
- Me: "That kid is way better at social media than me." "Me too." -- Shea, Director of Social Media
- Apparently I really like Dustin Hoffman and Oliver Platt - I didn't realize that I had an opinion towards either one of these actors, but I found myself bristling when I was supposed to dislike them in the film.
- We also all apparently have strong feelings towards Kettle Corn. When Jon Favreau's character insults it, everyone in the room had a lot of feelings.
This movie was charming, the food looked delicious, ATX had a pretty big shout-out, and it gave us what my hyperbolic self is inclined to say was the "best sandwich I ever made."
Here's the deal with the sandwich -- it's pretty easy to throw together once you slow roast a pork shoulder. It takes a little time (started marinating on Wednesday, ate it on Friday), but it's TOTALLY worth it and really makes the sandwich.
You can check out the recipe for this mojo-marinated pork shoulder by clicking here. Assuming you've already got that taken care of, here's your recipe for these amazing sandwiches:
- Soft baguette / submarine rolls / hero rolls, sliced in half lengthwise
- Yellow mustard
- Dill pickle (the pre-cut sandwich slices make life really easy)
- Thinly sliced mojo pork (recipe linked above)
- Slice of good ham
- Swiss cheese
Once you've got all the above ingredients assembled, all you have to do is toast the bread and then put the sandwich together!
Step 1: Brush some butter on the insides of your bread / rolls. Toast these on a griddle or in a pan till they're slightly brown.
Step 2: Spread mustard on both sides of the bread, and then layer on your ingredients as follows: pickle slices, topped with the mojo pork, topped with the ham, topped with the cheese.
Step 3: Put the top piece of your bread / roll on the sandwich, butter the top and bottom of the sandwich, and press that baby. Shea had a panini press which made this super easy (incidentally, I have now decided that I also need a panini press...), but you can also DIY it with a cast iron skillet or a weighted baking sheet. Either way, wait till the sandwich is crispy and brown, the cheese is melted, then slice and enjoy!
These were just SO GOOD. We inhaled them. Seriously -- the sandwiches were gone in less than 5 minutes. Then, while the movie was going, Rob and TJ made another sandwich.
And then this morning we all texted about how we wish we could eat the sandwiches again. Well squirm with jealousy my friends, because I have enough pork left for one more sandwich, and it's all mine.