1.16.2012

WTF did I just make for dinner...

Happy Monday, everybody!!
Which of course is my Friday... although I will be working tomorrow night so technically it's not quite my Friday...
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and is all energized and ready for your work week.
Weekends go way too quickly... Good thing I haven't even started mine!

So things have been a little crazy around here. And by a little I mean- 
"Holy shit! Isn't this the time of year where things are supposed to slow down?"
I'm still working my 2 jobs with Disney and the dinner theatre and lucky for me, there's been a lovely amount of extra hours to pick up. Which means I can afford to indulge in turkey from the deli counter instead of from the meat section! That's how you can tell I'm feeling rich.

The person, however, has been working NONSTOP! You think I'm kidding? This past week he hasn't worked a single day that was less than 12 hours and even worked a 34 hour day... Yes, you read that correctly. 34 hours. "Surely he had long breaks and slept for an hour in there somewhere." No, no. He pushed it through to get the work done.
I applaud his work ethic.
And will cut anyone that expects me to work for as long and as hard as he does.

So! When he works these ridiculous hours, I like to make sure he has something yummy to come home to. Mainly because I'm well aware of what he eats while he's working that hard- a whole lot of junk with a side of nothing.
On this particular night, I was home from work and, since his schedule is pretty much open ended, I had no idea when he would get home. So I didn't want to make anything that wouldn't be tasty reheated.

We have quite the smorgasbord of ingredients lying around...
Hence the whole "WTF" part of this recipe.
Because I made it up.
I'm sure many of you have made things similar to it BUT- I used no recipe and just sort of said "How bout some of this?" as I went along.
So here's what I came up with!

The ingredients-
1 Pillsbury French loaf
Olive oil/balsamic vinegar mix (I have it pre-mixed)
Ranch Dressing
Deli style turkey
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Garlic Salt
Parmesan cheese
Italian blend spices

...AND a Wild Blueberry Sea Dog to help get my "WTF" cooking mojo underway 

So, first I rolled out the dough, drizzled it with a little of the olive oil/balsamic mix, and then spread some ranch over that

Then, in the center, I layered in a whole bunch of sandwich turkey

Over that, I got a little cheddar cheese happy. You could sprinkle as much or as little as you want, we happen to be avid cheese lovers!

Then, I folded in the short sides before overlapping the long ends to give it the loaf shape again.
I drizzled it with more of the olive oil/balsamic mix and sprinkled a little Italian herbs on it

I let it bake at 350 for 15 minutes before sprinkling parmesan cheese and a little more cheddar over the top. Then popped it back in the oven to for 15 more minutes to finish it off!

And voila! My "WTF did I just make for dinner" Turkey sandwich/French bread loaf...
The name is still a work in progress 

This was seriously one of the greatest turkey sandwiches I have ever had. I'm going to have to keep a lot more of that Pillsbury French bread around because the possibilities are endless!!

Oh, the amazing dinners you can put together with just a beer and the wonders in your pantry and fridge!

**SIDE NOTE: The night I made this was the night he ended up not coming home because he worked 34 hours. Luckily, a few minutes in the toaster oven and this puppy is good as new! 

But the real side note is I just wanted to take a second and give a shout out to my person for all the hard work he does. 
He's an entertainment tech at Disney and he specializes in lighting. Right now, he's been working his butt off to make sure the lighting was up and running for all the cheer/dance competitions that happen at Disney this time of year. Most of us, I included, go to shows or events and spend little time appreciating that there's a whole crew working their butts off to make sure every aspect is just right. A whole crew thats busting their butt, putting in extra hours, forfeiting breaks, missing out on dinners with family, because its their job to make sure we as audiences and spectators get the fullest and best looking experience we can.

Yeah, that's him. Working his magic in China at Epcot for New Year's.

So next time you're at an event like this, take a second to look up and appreciate their artistry.
They work so ridiculously hard and are so under appreciated. So thank you!
I for one, would be singing and dancing in the dark if it weren't for people like my person. 
Where would be the fun in that?**

That's enough of my soap box for today. And try this sandwichy/french bread type thingy!! You'll probably eat the whole loaf in one sitting. Delicious!!

14 comments:

Kate said...

That looks delicious! I'm so impressed that you just whipped that up!

allie said...

this looks delicious!

allie said...

this looks delicious!

Tabitha Lynn said...

That looks awesome soo tasty.

34 hours straight just seems crazy. Hopefully he likes what he does at least. After 8 hours I'm so ready to go home.

Newest follower, such a cute blog, excited to read more.

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jen said...

that creation really does look delish!

life spelled jen

Katie said...

that looks awesome! I want to try!

Amy G. said...

That look so yummy! I'm definitely going to have to try something like that for dinner one night!

Ruthie Hart said...

for using a shmorgas board of ingredients it looks DAMN good!!!!!

Cheryl E. said...

At first I was wondering what in the heck you were making but hey...that looks delish! You go!

Julie said...

I know someone who is also a lighting tech for Disney! I've heard how exhausting the hours can be both for him and for you - never knowing when he'll be home.
I give him a lot of credit!

Amy Powell said...

That's impressive that he can keep that up! And very sweet of you to take care of him!

That sandwich looks like it turned out amazingly ! Very yummy!

Kallay said...

Oh my gosh that looks amazing!!! (minus the ranch. i know. i know. i know.)

Seriously though... I want a baked sandwich right NOW.

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Stephanie said...

Oh my word...that sandwich loaf thing looks AMAZING. I'll definitely have to give that a try!