Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tri-Tip & Artichoke-Jalapeno Cheese Sandwich

Just when you think you have everything under control the unexpected happens; Monday night at cheer my daughter landed her back handspring and broke her elbow. So between doctors visits and planning the party I'm having this weekend, I've decided it's a fine evening for a sandwich. Did you really think I'd eat some cold cuts though?

I fired up the grill and threw on a tri-tip; if you can't even muster that, please use some store bought roast beef.

I stuffed mine in a pita due to the fact there is a complex algorithm you must follow to ensure the proper ratios of meat, cheese, condiments and bread. I just hate more bread than meat, if you get my drift.

Plain and me aren't best friends, so I made this tasty cream cheese spread; it will be great on some crackers tomorrow.

Artichoke-Jalapeno Cheese
1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temp. (I used low fat)
1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapenos
1/2 cup marinated artichokes (I think it's required by law, that these be in the pantry; at least according to my mother!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Throw everything in the food processor and let the magic happen.

I love arugula in sandwiches, but my local store can't seem to stock it lately; so I used some baby greens. I found one lonely tomato on my plants; it's been a bad year for them. Dinner was so easy it left me with a few minutes to catch Master Chef. I was so bummed for my friend Azmina of Lawyer Loves Lunch being sent home, it's their loss Azmina!

While sitting there watching everyone make eggs on Master Chef my daughter says, "Mom I want some eggs"! I don't know what was worse, the fact she requested them after my kitchen was clean, or the fact I got up and made them. She is injured after all I kept repeating to myself.

Tomorrow it's casting for me for my daughter's elbow, no I didn't get a call from Food Network; maybe next year.




  1. Now that is something I can totally get on board with! Looks awesome!

  2. What a bummer to have to get casted in the summer :( But hopefully she at least got to eat some of this delicious looking sandwich! I think I'm going to have to try out that cheese sometime soon!

  3. Sorry for your daughter! I'm sure she felt better after this amazingly looking sandwich though! Looove artichokes in sandwiches

  4. Bummer about your daughter... my daughter is a dance and we had muscle issues last year. I understand what it does to them. Hopefully she'll be up cheering again soon.
    On another note, a friend of mine is having a reunion of sorts on Friday and I have this pretty new bowl that I wanted to use with a dip. This is perfect! Thanks for making my decision easier!

  5. Oh! This tri-tip sandwich with the spicy creamy cheese in it looks so tasty...yummie!

  6. That sandwich looks amazing!!! I hope your daughter is feeling better soon!

  7. Yes! Another person who prefers pita to bread. I so want the ingredients to be the star and the bread to be an afterthought. Your sandwich looks amazing. Congrats on doing the tri-tip. I don't know that I'd have gone through the charcoal mess just for a sandwich, but with the way that one looks....bummer.

    I'm sorry about your daughter too. I hope the elbow heals quickly and perfectly.

  8. Thanks everyone for the good wishes for Jenn, I should have mentioned what a tough cookie she is! She was doing one-handed cart wheels after she broke her elbow, with the one good arm she had left! The sandwich was delish, as a dip, maybe heated, good thing I have some left! Mom Chef, that would have been amazing if I used charcoal, lucky for me I have a gas grill.

  9. Poor thing! Wish her a rapid recovery.
    Bet she did find some comfort in having such a delicious sandwich!

  10. Sorry to hear about your daughter's elbow.... but I have to say the fact that you made this kick ass pita filled goodness of a sandwich... spells... Momma of the year! Lovely.