I’m always looking for new and interesting sandwich recipes so I was intrigued when I saw this twist on a roast beef sandwich. There’s lots of flavor going on here: sweet red peppers, tangy feta cheese, earthy cumin and cilantro, and a lemony tahini dressing.
For the bread, I used a pre-cut loaf of ciabatta bread which I thought would be easier to serve and eat. Next time, though, I’ll use a crusty loaf (like the recipe suggests) that will stand up to the tahini dressing better. I served the sandwiches right away instead of refrigerating them for several hours (they would’ve been mushy since I used softer bread). Enjoy!
Roast Beef, Red Pepper, Spinach, and Feta Sandwiches with Tahini Dressing
-recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine
Serve with minted iced tea and tabbouleh, then offer baklava and cherries for dessert.
Yield: Makes 8
1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained, chopped
1/3 cup chopped green onion
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1-pound loaf flat rustic bread such as focaccia or ciabatta, (about 2 1/2 inches high), cut horizontally in half
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 4 ounces)
1 pound thinly sliced rare roast beef
2 cups (packed) baby spinach leaves
Mix first 6 ingredients and half of garlic in small bowl to blend. Season to taste with salt. Whisk remaining garlic, tahini, water, and lemon juice in small bowl to blend. Season tahini dressing to taste with salt. Place bread, cut side up, on work surface. Spread red pepper mixture over both cut sides of bread. Sprinkle cheese over bottom half of loaf. Layer half of roast beef over cheese; drizzle with 1/3 of tahini dressing. Layer remaining roast beef over dressing and drizzle with half of remaining dressing. Top with spinach leaves; drizzle with remaining dressing. Press top half of loaf onto spinach. Cut sandwich lengthwise in half, then crosswise into quarters for a total of 8 sandwiches. Wrap each sandwich tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
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