If you are looking for a healthy, low calorie sandwich idea….you are in the wrong place. In fact, avert your eyes and shut your browser because you may just become tempted to make this New Orleans staple. For those of you here looking for a satisfying, scrumptious and inexpensive meal….look no further!
Recently, I was contacted by KRAFT foods to participate in a virtual sandwich road trip to share my favorite regional sandwich with my readers. The recipe will be featured on their new site, Outstandwich, and will launch on July 18th. Now, if you’re a NOLA native like myself, you know that Sandwich=Po-Boy here in New Orleans. And one Po-Boy on every menu is the “French Fry Po-Boy” which I will share with you today.
Before I begin, what’s a New Orleans recipe without a little history, y’all? I found this great explanation on FrenchQuarter.com:
“As with most elements of New Orleans history, the origin of the po-boy has competing versions flavored over the years by creative storytellers and self-appointed authorities of dubious veracity. But the most widely accepted story holds that the sandwich was invented by Clovis and Benjamin Martin, brothers and former streetcar drivers who opened a restaurant on St. Claude Avenue in the 1920s. When streetcar drivers went on strike in 1929, the brothers took up their cause and created an inexpensive sandwich of gravy and spare bits of roast beef on French bread they would serve the unemployed workers out of the rear of their restaurant. When a worker came to get one, the cry would go up in the kitchen that “here comes another poor boy!,” and the name was transferred to the sandwich, eventually becoming “po-boy” in common usage.”
The Po-Boy is a tradition and the French Fry version is no exception! It is generally the most inexpensive po-boy on local menus, but don’t be deceived, it is excellent in taste!
One loaf of French Bread
Frozen French Fried Potatoes
1/4 cup beef drippings
3/4 cup water
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (KRAFT Triple Cheddar Shredded Cheese)
How to Make It:
If you have the talent, feel free to steak cut potatoes and bake or fry them to your liking. Or, if you are short on time, frying some frozen french fried potatoes (shoestring is my favorite) will work just fine. While the potatoes are baking/frying, make the brown gravy according to the packaged directions. For a beef flavoring add 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of beef pan drippings from a previous meal. Cut a 12″ piece of French Bread from the loaf and cut horizontally to open the bread. Slather the bread with Miracle Whip, add french fries and pour on a hearty amount of the prepared brown gravy. Add cheese.
If you are in New Orleans, you may have the option of ordering your sandwich “dressed.” No, this doesn’t mean that your sandwich will arrive with a shirt and pants! If you order your po-boy dressed, it will arrive at your table with mayo, lettuce and tomato.
Finally, press your sandwich closed, slice in half, and enjoy the yummy-ness! HEAVEN!
Now, it’s your turn!!
Do you have a special “Outstandwich” that represents your Region or City? Share it with me in the comments! Make sure you leave the entire recipe so we can try it. A panel of judges (namely, my two contributing editors Jennifer and Beth) will each select two of their favorite recipes giving us a top four recipe sandwich-off. My husband and I will make each of the four sandwiches and select a final winner!
What do you win (besides bragging rights of course)?
The winning recipe will be featured on Experimental Mommy as well as the KRAFT Outstandwich website when it launches on July 18th! And…..a $100 American Express Gift Card!! If you are the chosen winner, I will need a picture of your homemade sandwich for display in a post on Experimental Mommy.
How to Enter:
1. Submit your own regional/local recipe for your favorite “Outstandwich” in the comments below. It is not a requirement to use KRAFT products in your sandwich.
1. Because this is not a random drawing, there are no additional entry options. But, I would love it you would help me spread the word about the contest on Twitter and Facebook!