I know what you are thinking.
That after getting back from our eating orgy in Oregon, that would be it!
We’d get back on track and get back to “practice what I preach” and healthy eating and all that!
I know, I know but I just HAD to share THIS thing with you…..even if you NEVER eat one, you NEED to know that it is out there….for better or for worse!
Last weekend I was working at the Rifflandia music festival here in Victoria, so for the most part I was sequestered on the site the whole time can couldn’t go off in search of a healthy green smoothie ( although I bet if I looked hard enough, someone was probably making them there!) so I was at the mercy of what was available to eat.
What is nice is that instead of the regular concession stands normally found at these sort of events, they had several of the local food trucks and restaurants set up with their own fare. This brought a lot of variety and local feel.
I couldn’t keep away from The Hungry Rooster food truck which specializes in pierogi based dishes. I ate nearly every meal there! I just couldn’t help it!
But the most note worthy, and what this story is even about, was The Slam Down.
Are you ready for this? It is a grilled cheese sandwich, stuffed with bacon, grilled onions and PIEROGIES!!! IN the sandwich!! I mean seriously? Could there be a more decadent and wonderous thing??
I didn’t have my camera with me but I talked about my sandwich so much that one of my co-workers broke down and got one herself so here is a picture of hers!
Look at the picture of it on the Hungry Rooster site to get a better look and the full list of ingredients.
I told the Chef about this mythical sandwich and he was most intrigued so I thought I would try my hand at making him one for his Sunday breakfast yesterday……
So first you need to cook up some bacon. Three slices per sandwich.
And then, in the drippings of said bacon ( this is optional if you want it “healthier” which to me is like diet coke with your cheese burger!) cook up one onion sliced so you are getting the longest pieces that you can. Cook till soft and a little brown.
Then boil up some frozen pierogies, two per sandwich.
Once those are all set to go and keeping warm, you are ready to start.
I just grilled the bread in the oven under the broiler. I would imagine at the Hungry Rooster they are actually grilling them on the flat top for that grilled deliciousness, but I didn’t want to get int the whole flipping thing!
So grill the bread on one side and then turn it over.
They add “aioli” to theirs which is fancy mayo. So I just used regular mayonnaise and a bit of Dijon mustard.
Then top each slice of bread with some quality cheddar ( NOT the individually wrapped “cheese food product” IF you know what I mean!) and put the bread back under the broiler till the cheese melts.
Then on one side per sandwich lay out the three strips of bacon, then add a generous mound of fried onions and then finally two pierogies, strategically placed so you can cut the sandwich on the diagonal.
Top with the other slice of cheesy bread and cut in half.
Voila! Pierogi stuffed grilled cheese sandwich!
I didn’t find it quite as good as the Rooster’s…..didn’t have the same “ooy-gooy-goodness” but then again, I’m sure there is a good reason for that!!
The Chef liked his a lot but commented “I guess I won’t be getting THESE too often!”
Once a year should be the limit!!