What to Do With Leftover Hajjis, Spare Parts and Shredders

While I am fully aware that most of you have never seen or even heard of “leftover sandwiches,” I have a habit of ordering foot-long subwoofers, and that habit often leaves me an extra six inches of sandwich. This is not a tragedy, but as soon as the bread gets wet, I no longer want to put it in my mouth. However, the contents of the sandwich are still good and there are many ways to eat it.

Although I have been known to take meat and cheese out of a raw roll and eat them like a wild one standing over the sink, I would not advise you to do the same, because you are, without a doubt, a person of high class and sophistication. … (If you do choose this route, I recommend putting on a shirt first. Or, if you don’t want to put on a shirt, at least make sure your kitchen blinds are closed first. This is just general advice, and definitely not based on any personal experience.) In any case. Here are my favorite ways to transform the insides of a wet submarine into something delicious and gorgeous.

  • Meatball Grinder + Instant Ramen – Seasoning Bag = Not quite spaghetti and meatballs: Scrape the meat-cheese content of this sandwich into a bowl and reheat in the microwave. In the meantime, cook the ramen noodles as usual, drain and drizzle with a little olive oil. Add meatballs and cheese and stir to make tomato sauce. Sprinkle with fresh pepper and Parmesan, if you have one, and enjoy.
  • Italian sub + romaine + some oil and vinegar = very good antipasto salad: remove all vegetables and set aside. Slice the delicious jerky and cheeses into strips and toss with the chopped romaine, the vegetables you pulled out of the sandwich, and a little oil and vinegar. If there are dry pieces on the bread, cut them into cubes and fry the croutons .
  • Cheesesteak + wonton wrappers = cheese scones with eggs: scrape off all the meat, cheese and vegetables from the sandwich and chop finely. Place one or two scoops of the filling mixture in the middle of the Wonton wrappers, roll them up and bake or sauté according to the instructions on the Wonton wrapper.

Any leftover corned beef or pastrami should be turned into hash, but this is obvious. If all else fails, there is always the egg and rice path . Eggs and rice go well with just about anything. (Also, please don’t yell at me about whether to call them “sabas,” “hoodies,” or “grinders.” I’m from Mississippi; unless it’s po ‘boy, we just call it “sandwich.”)


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