Sandwich 3 in the cook along project
For my first “Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches” post, I dug out the mixer and made brioche. For the second, I used our trusty old blender to make French onion dip. I suspect that this blender was a wedding gift *to* my parents, but it still works even though most days it gathers dust. For this sandwich, the “Rachel” I broke out my mandolin to slice all of the stuff for the slaw. This book is proving to be an adventure!
A Rachel is kind of a healthy cousin to the Reuben. It’s also one of the very first recipes in the book. It looked simple enough, bread, Swiss cheese, sliced turkey, Russian dressing, and slaw. Leave it to Emeril to kick it up to notches previously unknown! The dressing was made from scratch (I posted a pic of most of the ingredients) and so was the slaw (also posted an ingredient pic).
I learned that jicama isn’t too hard to find, but a chayote, or merliton, is more difficult. That’s the pear looking thing on the right in the slaw pic. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayote Basically, it’s in the gourd family and is slightly sweet. It’s a native of Brazil but it is grown in many places in the Americas now.
The Rachel itself was excellent! I had one the next day and it seemed even more delicious. Perhaps the flavors in the slaw had a chance to get to know each other better, who knows.
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