October 31, 2017

Sandwich of the Week: Challah-ween

We at The Club LOVE Halloween. Not only is it Andrew’s birthday, it’s just a fun day when you get to dress up, watch spooky movies, listen to holiday music that doesn’t feature sleigh bells, and the best part: eating people! Wait, what? We meant eating sandwiches, obviously.

A Sandwich That is Holy

If you do find yourself in a sticky Halloween situation where one of your friends might have a taste for something other than bacon, grab a black cat, your closest spell book, and this sandwich of the week: the Challah-ween. This “holy” sandwich cures the darkest of black magic, and is simply delicious.

To drive away the demons, you’ll need:

  • challah bread
  • baby swiss cheese slices
  • thick cut bacon
  • arugula
  • fig spread (we found ours in the fancy cheese section of Kroger)
  • optional: caramelized onions

Usually, our recipes here at The Club are a bit more involved. All you need to prepare yourself for this week’s sammy is bacon and some optional (yet delicious staple of any sandwich/meal) caramelized onions. So grab your frying pans and let’s get cooking before those evil spirits take over the souls of your best friends forever!

challah bread and fig jam

Holy? Is That Just a Bad Swiss Cheese Joke?

Of course it is. Moving on.

Cut your challah into slices and lay down some of that adorable sweet baby swiss. After frying your thick cut bacon to a delicious crisp, you’re going to layer a generous portion onto the holy swiss. Top with arugula while smothering (or lightly spreading) the other piece of bread with fig spread and some caramely onions. How do you get some of those, you say?

Caramelized onions:

  • 3 onions, sliced
  • oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • cinnamon

To make the onions, brown the onion slices in oil for a long time until they’re nice and reduced (they’ll mostly disappear, and then you can make “none-ion” jokes, or nun-ion to fit in with the holy theme). After the onions are browned and completely tender (be sure to take your time), use a bit of balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan and add a dash of cinnamon to complete the masterpiece.

A short disclaimer, the fig spread paired with the caramelized onions can make for a semi-sweet and savory sandwich. If, like Lindsay, you don’t love the sweet and savory combination, she suggests you make something of a rosemary aioli to play up the savory aspects of the sandwich.

Challah-ween sandwich of the week closeup

Dig in and watch all of those ghosts vanish! Exorcise your evil spirits and enjoy the holidays in peace.

Happy challah-weening,
Lindsay