{Not your regular} Roast Beef Sandwich

You might have heard through the web vine about the Mezzetta “Make that sandwich Recipe Contest” or as I like to call it the 2010 Summer Sandwich Smackdown ; ) It’s a contest where YOU create an original sandwich using at least 2 Mezzetta products {for rules/regulations please see their website} and up for grabs is $25,000 yes that’s right not $25, not $250, NOT even $2,500 {which is still a lot of cash these days} BUT a whopping $25,000 baby!

I had so much fun creating my Gaucho Steak Sandwich with Chimichurri Saucelast year, that I decided to do again this year.  The nice folks over at Mezzetta sent me a sampling of their products to help get me started {ehem, disclosure} I toyed around with a lot of ideas but in the end I settled on something a little out of the ordinary.

*drum roll please* Roast Beef with melted provolone cheese. Kissed with a horseradish and caper sauce. Topped with caramelized onions, roasted red bell peppers and crispy fried sweet potato strips! Now that is one mouthful of a sandwich and one mouthful of a name so I’m going with {Not your regular} Roast Beef Sandwich ; )

I love the horseradish and caper sauce. It gives the sandwich a little kick. You can never go wrong with carmelized onions and roasted red bell peppers, swoon. And what’s a warm sandwich without melted cheese?  And the unexpected twist…Crispy Fried Sweet Potato Strings! Everything comes together in one harmonious bite. Albeit a big bite ; )

I have a tendency to come up with ideas {IE: sweet potato strings} and then am left with the task of how to execute them. You know I’m a “how hard can it be” kinda girl. Cutting these into super thin strings would take forever and probably end badly LOL SO I go through my kitchen drawers looking for something, anything that might do the job. After about what seemed like an hour of digging through kitchen tools I see in the back my OXO Good Grips Lemon Zester and I think, that might work ; ) Sure enough SCORE!

I served these sandwiches with some additional fried sweet potato chips! So easy to do, just thinly slice a sweet potato into rounds and fry with the remaining oil from the sweet potato strips ; ) Easy Peasy!

There’s still time for you to come up with your own sandwich creation and throw your hat into the ring! It is the sandwich smackdown after all ; ) What are you waiting for, ENTER today! While you’re there you can VOTE for your favorite celebrity sandwich. The winner will get $10,000 to put towards their favorite charity!
Go ahead and help support a worthy cause {whispering Jamie Oliver & his Food Revolution, Food Revolution, Food Revolution ; ) }

Baci e in bocca al lupo {good luck}!

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What you’ll need: {Makes 2 sandwiches}
2 tablespoons Mezzetta Horseradish Cream Style
1/2 tablespoon Mezzetta Imported Capote Capers – drained and minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion – sliced thin
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
8 ounces Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Roasted Sweet Bell Pepper Strips
1 small sweet potato – peeled and cut into strings
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 slices of ciabatta bread
8 slices of Roast Beef – sliced thin
2 slices of provolone cheese

What to do:
1. Into a small bowl add the Horseradish sauce and minced capers. Mix well to combine. Set aside.

2. Into a medium saute pan, add the olive oil and sliced onions. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Mix well to combine. Cook over low heat until caramelized. Stirring every so often.

3. WHILE the onions are carmelizing, slice the sweet potato into strings. NOTE: to achieve this I used an OXO Good Grips lemon zester. Into a small saute pan add your vegetable oil and heat until you have small bubbles on the sides. CAREFULLY add the sweet potato strings and fry until golden and crispy {this will just take a minute} Using a slotted spoon transfer sweet potato strings to a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.

4. Once the caramelized onions have cooked. Transfer them to a small bowl. Into the same pan, add the roasted red bell peppers and cook until they are just heated through. Set aside.

5. To assemble sandwiches: spread the horseradish/caper sauce onto the tops of each piece of bread. Top with 4 slices of Roast Beef and a slice of Provolone. Place the bottom  half of each sandwich into a toaster oven or into the oven and allow cheese to melt. Toast the top halves of the bread at  the same time. Top the roast beef/cheese with caramelized onions, roasted red bell peppers and a sprinkling of the fried sweet potato strings. Top with the remaining piece of bread.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    all i want in life right now is this sandwich! looks amazing!

  2. 2

    You had me at sweet potato 🙂

  3. 4
    LisaWinks /

    oh yummm.. I so want this sandwich and the sweet potato chips. I wonder if the DH would frown on sandwiches AGAIN.

  4. 5
    lisa bailey /

    oh my this looks so darn yummy. love the sweet potato string topping. will definitely have to try this one!!

  5. 6

    I always love the combination of roasted red peppers with roaste beef (and tahini’s pretty good with it also). Love the horseradish and capers- just inspired! And tasty!

  6. 7

    Thanks is a stunning sandwich darlin’!!!

  7. 8

    Yeesh I can’t type tonight. That is a stunning sandwich darlin’. Love the crunch of sweet potatoes on top 😉

  8. 9

    This looks wonderful. I saw the contest and was going to enter my fritatta sandwich but saw they already had one on their site. Good luck with the contest.

  9. 10

    That clearly is NOT your regular sandwich – eye-popping and taste-bud smacking.

  10. 11

    Oh man. This looks AMAZING.

  11. 12

    That looks delicious! What an awesome sandwich 🙂

  12. 13

    Wow, very interesting and tempting, I will save this one for sure!

  13. 14

    Definitely not your typical Roast beef sandwich. Definitely took a classic and improved a million times better!

  14. 15

    Oh man can you overnight me one of these babies? Sounds so delish!

  15. 16

    I just made this for dinner yesterday. It turned out great! Thanks a bunch.

  16. 17

    I love the sweet potato strips, something I have never seen before. I hope you win!

  17. 18

    This sandwich looks amazing! I love your tagline “beautiful food doesn’t have to be complicated.” So true. The simplest things often are the best! I can’t wait to try this!

  18. 19

    That looks like my kind of sandwich.. looks delicious!

  19. 20
    Penelope /

    This is going to be dinner tonight at my house 🙂 Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  20. 21
    Omeghan /

    sadly I have trouble reading the blog….. there are 3 icons stuck on the left margin that block the script.
    )retweet/ share f/ and somethign else.)

    Ans I cant seem to locate a way to turn them off …

    • 21.1

      We’ve moved them over to the right. Does that help at all? Thanks for the feedback.

  21. 22

    Well good grief, you have me convinced. That looks gorgeous. Yum, yum. Great job in using the products too.

  22. 23

    Paula, the roast beef sandwich looks absolutely delicious!! Congrats on making the Top 9!!! 🙂

  23. 24

    This looks beautiful and delicious! Wanted to let you know that I’m putting this in a beef recipe round-up. I’ll be linking back to your site and only including a picture in collage format so that neither your photo nor your recipe can be “swiped” from my site. If anyone wants to see details, they have to come visit you! Please do let me know if you don’t want a mention and link shared for any reason. I hope the round-up brings you lots of traffic!


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