Quick Fix Club Sandwich with Pesto Mayonnaise

The other night I dreamed I was on a deserted island. I could only pick one sandwich to have on the island for the rest of my life. It came down to a choice between a Reuben and a club sandwich. I went with the club sandwich. But not an ordinary club sandwich. Instead, my quick fix (I’ve got things to do on the island!) club sandwich with a delicious pesto mayonnaise!

Quick Fix Club Sandwich with Pesto Mayonnaise

As much as I do love a good Reuben sandwich, I know I made the right choice. Crunchy bacon. Tangy cheese. Crispy lettuce. Ripe tomato. And that nutty pesto. Different and delicious! If you find pesto strong, don’t use much, just enough to get the taste. If you love pesto, load up on it!

I am required to have my club sandwich (any club sandwich) with a dill pickle spear. It has to be super cold, too. Hopefully I can get those on my island.

Quick Fix Club Sandwich with Pesto Mayonnaise

The other night I dreamed I was on a deserted island. I could only pick one sandwich to have on the island for the rest of my life. It came down to a choice between a Reuben and a club sandwich. I went with the club sandwich
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 1041kcal

Ingredients

For the sandwich

  • 6 slices bread toasted
  • 4 tablespoons Pesto mayonnaise from below
  • 4 ounces sliced turkey
  • 4 ounces sliced ham
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon cooked, cut in half
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 1/2 cup green leaf lettuce chopped or in leaves
  • 2 spears dill pickle for serving

For the pesto mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Arrange 4 slices of bread on a cutting board. Spread each slice with some of the pesto mayonnaise.
  • Add a slice of cheese and top with the meats.
  • Divide tomato, bacon and mayonnaise between sandwiches.
  • Add top slice of bread. Cut into halves.
  • Serve with pickle spears.

Nutrition

Calories: 1041kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 76g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 2362mg | Potassium: 875mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2107IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 412mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Quick Fix Messy Meatball Sandwich

I always keep frozen cooked meatballs on hand. They might be homemade. Or they might be store-bought. Either way, they’re always around because I never know when I might need a really quick lunch. You can’t get much simpler than this quick fix messy meatball sandwich. Remember my motto: the messier the better and this is definitely better!

Quick Fix Messy Meatball Sandwich

If you’re in a super-duper hurry you can skip the baking part of the recipe and just place the sandwiches under a hot broiler for a minute or two. Keep an eye on them, though. They’ll get mighty crusty mighty quick!

I admit, I don’t follow this recipe that closely. I don’t measure the sauce. Or the cheeses. Just eyeball it. Quick fix messy meatball sandwiches aren’t meant to be fussy.

Quick Fix Messy Meatball Sandwich

You can’t get much simpler than this quick fix messy meatball sandwich. Remember my motto: the messier the better and this is definitely better!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 479kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 16 meatballs frozen
  • 1 1/3 cup marinara sauce pizza sauce is great too!
  • 4 hoagie rolls sub rolls or baguettes also work great!
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place meatballs and sauce into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cover and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the meatballs are heated through, stirring often.
  • Turn rolls on their sides, sliced side up. If they aren't pre-sliced cut them about 3/4ths of the way through but not all the way.
  • Divide meatballs and sauce between the rolls, gently pushing the meatballs down.
  • Sprinkle cheeses over top along with the oregano.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the buns have started to brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1086mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 676IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 303mg | Iron: 13mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Quick Fix Gumbo

I love gumbo. It’s my number one go-to Cajun dish. And to really make a great gumbo you need to devote some time (and love) for it to really be something special. Give me a cold winter’s day and I won’t hesitate to take that time, but sometimes, I just don’t have the luxury. That’s where my quick fix gumbo comes in. All the flavors of a full-blown gumbo, but it takes a lot less time.

Quick Fix Gumbo

The two major timesavers for this quick fix gumbo are using rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own, and using a pre-made roux from the store. Making a roux takes a little time to do right, and it is worth the time… when you have the time. When you don’t, grab a jar of almost-as-good roux from the store. Our local grocery store has a (sadly, small) southern foods section. That’s where I found ready-to-use roux.

Quick Fix Gumbo

All the flavors of a full-blown gumbo, but in a lot less time.
Course Main
Cuisine Cajun
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 426kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions chopped, divided
  • 8 stalks celery chopped, divided
  • 1 large green bell pepper chopped, divided
  • 1 small red bell pepper chopped, divided
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 4 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons file powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 14 ounce andouille sausage cut into 1/4" rounds
  • 12 cups chicken stock
  • 1 large rotisserie chicken shredded
  • 1 cup pre-made roux or more, to taste (I used Ragin Cajun)
  • 4 cups rice cooked

Instructions

  • Add oil to a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add half each of the onion, celery, peppers and the bay leaves. Saute until just tender.
  • Add the remaining onion, celery and peppers and saute another 3 minutes.
  • Add all of the seasonings, the sausage, stock and chicken.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Stir in the roux in small amounts. Make sure it dissolves completely. Taste to see if you need to add more roux.
  • Cover and simmer another 30 minutes.
  • Add cooked rice and warm thoroughly.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1322mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.