Friday, November 1, 2013

Polenta and Cheese Waffle French Dips

Savory waffles made into a delicious french dip sandwich....YUM!

I found this recipe and modified it slightly

1 cup water
1/2 cup polenta(coarse cornmeal works fine too)
1/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 egg

2/3 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup potato starch
3 TB tapioca starch
1/2 tsp xanthan gum

OR sub the above 4 ingredients with 1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp smoked paprika

3/4 cup smoked provolone cheese, shredded
3 TB fresh chives

In a pot heat water to boiling, add polenta and stir vigorously until thick. Add butter and stir until melted.
Remove from heat and add milk. Set aside

In another bowl combine the flour mixtures and seasonings.

Add egg to milk and beat well then carefully mix the wet ingredients into the dry.

Gently fold in cheese and chives

Cook according to your waffle maker instructions.

Once you have your waffles you can assemble your sandwiches

I made 10 waffles for 5 sandwiches with the above recipe your amounts for roast beef will vary due to personal preference so I didn't bother with measurements

Thin Sliced Roast Beef
Provolone Cheese
Even some Caramelized Onions if you like!!

Place all the ingredients on and heat through. I put mine on the reverse side of my waffle maker and made it like panini.  You can do it in the broiler or however you like
Serve with Au Jus!

You can use a premade Au Jus or if you would like a recipe here is a yummy one:

1 TB butter
1/2 small onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TB fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 TB fresh oregano, chopped
2 1/2 cups beef broth
1 TB worcestshire sauce
2 TB red wine*
1 TB cornstarch
salt and pepper to taste

* you can just set aside 2 TB of the beef broth if you dont want to use wine

In a pan heat butter over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic until very soft. Add in the beef broth, Worcestershire and herbs. Simmer for 20 minutes. Strain out the vegetables and herbs. Mix the red wine(or reserved broth) and cornstarch together , then add to the beef broth mixture. Heat gently and stir to slightly thicken. Salt and pepper to taste.

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