man shackwiches

Every year, Veto watches the Masters Golf Tournament with his buddies... it's a pretty big deal.  They converge at The Man Shack, which is actually a super-fantastic kind-of garage structure that was specially built by Rempy, Veto's Man BFF.  Inside the Man Shack, the guys watch the golf on a giant projector screen like at a small cineplex.  There are beer signs and comfy chairs... and sandwiches.  This year, the sandwiches were provided by me.  I have to admit, it's an honour in Rempy's world to be asked to provide the sandwiches for The Shack.  On Master's Sunday, no less.  I kid you not.  Nobody throws a party like Rempy.  He takes it very seriously.  Just to be considered to provide the sandwiches for his guests flattered me no end but at the same time... it was an awesome responsibility.  You may laugh as I tell you this, but it is no word of a lie.

Without further adieu, may I present: the Masters Shackwiches.  Also known in some circles as pressed Italian sandwiches. Whatever.  They're Shackwiches now.  Start with:




Big juicy bell peppers are awesome for this recipe because you will be cutting them open and grilling them.  This ain't no Subway sandwich.  Seriously, if Jared ever got hold of these sandwiches, he'd be back to square one before you could say "calorie reduced dressing".


Oh, and take the other half and saute them in a heavy pan with some butter and extra virgin olive oil.  Get them nice and brown and carmel-y.  Mmmmm I lurrve the smell of cooking onions.  Set them aside to cool.  Grab some more extra virgin olive oil and drizzle it all over:


... that's right!  Portabella mushrooms.  Don't be skimpy with the olive oil, either.  It's Masters Sunday.  That's sort of like Christmas to some people.  We want these shackwiches to be moist and delicious.


Toss it all on the grill until it looks like:


Set the mushrooms aside to cool and get busy with the peppers... remove the outer skin that got all brown and crispy on the grill:




Now gather all the amazing meats that you selected at the deli and had the girl cut as thin as she possibly could:


Freakin' hell!  Veto asks what mortadella is and the teenage girl behind the counter says something idiotic like, "it's sort of a fancy bologna"... ugh.  Rest assured that Veto will not touch any sandwich with mortadella on it now.  



Gather some nice sliced cheeses at the deli while you're there, even though you are incredibly miffed with the girl behind the counter:




You can also use some mayo or sandwich spread that you might like, but the use of cream cheese is essential here because it is the "glue" that will hold this masterpiece together.  


The combos will just come naturally to you.  Don't stress about it too much, just start assembling.  


Look how tall it is!  Now that is one good-looking sandwich.  Really, you could enjoy it as is.  But why not press it?  That would be delightful.


And this is the best part of the entire procedure: I have finally determined a use for my Master's Thesis:


And other miscellaneous reading material gathered over the years... gathered on the top shelf of my refrigerator to weigh down the shackwiches with all that knowledge... until... the next morning:


The shackwiches have been reduced in height by about one-half, but better than that: the flavours have all merged and mingled into a delightful taste sensation...


I cut each six-inch shackwich in half so the guys could mix-and-match and try different combos.  I sent a shackwich key with the ingredients of each listed, and I numbered them accordingly:


And sent Veto off to Rempy's Man Shack, where he would don his special green jersey that is kept in the shack from year to year... it doesn't come home.  I had the easy job.  Rempy's gal Ms. G had to sew the "2009" patches on all the jerseys last week.   I told you, these guys take the Masters very, very seriously.  And their sandwiches.

After all that grilling, slicing, sauteing, spreading, assembling, wrapping, pressing, unwrapping, slicing and re-wrapping... I didn't even know who won the actual golf tournament until I checked the website, it was some guy from Argentina.  I wonder if he'd like a sandwich?  I mean, shackwich?

46 comments:

MaryCatherine said...

Oh my goodness! I must make those for hubby when he gets home...those look delish!

Coco said...

Awesome sandwiches. Better watch out or you may get elected to make them every year.

Faye said...

WOW SAUCY,THESE LOOK YUMMY!HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY! BLESSINGS, FAYE

The French Bear said...

Wow you make it an art form!!! Great job, I almost want to have a man party!!! hehe.... just kidding. I like the idea of pressing them!
Cheers,
Margaret B

Jerri-Lea said...

OMG, I should never read your post before breakfast! I'm starving now!! Those were some incredible shackwiches! Lucky guys!!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

(the sound of shuffling about) Oh, there you are! Um, I'm just hiding this post from my husband before he gets any ideas...I have to go!

Laura said...

Wow, you sure go to a lot of trouble - I hope they appreciated the great looking sandwiches!

Keetha said...

Yum, those look fabulous - I'll have to try them out. I think the men folk and me will love them, Masters tournament or no!

MJ said...

Great lookin' sandwiches! What a lot of effort you put into them!

I just don't get why people watch golf, particularly in person. It is worse than curling because of the tiny ball and distances covered. My (male) cousin went to watch the Masters in person which just amazes me ~ yup, he'll be there.

At least Veto will be sitting comfortably and eating sandwiches and no one will expect him to be quiet when the golfer is focussing on hitting the ball. Four!!

the treat girl said...

Saucy!! I hope you're ready.... I'm sure they'll be signing you up for next the Shack next year!! I must be very mean spirited because I don't know if I would go through all of the effort for one of Chip's man-shindig's???...oh and I loooovve your cupcake banner!! I still have to try those with Cindy Lou :)

Amy said...

You are way too nice of a wife! I will never let my DH see this post-we don't do the Masters but we host UFC fights and I don't want DH getting any ideas.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh man, my PB&J on whole wheat looks really pathetic right now. I am going to lick the screen again...

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

You are the shackwich queen. You realize you'll be asked EVERY year! They look wonderful. I imagine the shack is home to a few recliners, (best keep those at where they're at!).

Anonymous said...

so , why are you mad at the girl behind the counter?? and why didn't you show a photo of the menu??

Anonymous said...

Saucy, you outdid yourself again! Makes me hungry. Good job! Veto is a lucky guy....Dena

sassy studio said...

the sprout is drooling over those sanwiches.......or maybe it is cousin saucy's legs. We had a great time yesterday.....see you Friday - we must have a bday convo in there too! do you think loopy is free friday? the sprout wanted me to ask!
xox sassy

Linda Crispell said...

The addition of cream cheese officially makes you the greatest person alive.

Fantastic Forrest said...

I am so trying this recipe.


May I borrow your Master's thesis to smush them down?

Rosa said...

You are just the bestest wifey in the world. I think I could even enjoy one of thos man shackwiches. What about a PC samich? (politically correct) Think the men would whine? Probably.

Tamie said...

Those sandwiches look FABULOUS!!!!
Can't wait to try them!

Suzy said...

Great job Saucy!
These look awesome....I might even wrap in foil and throw on the oven for a few...TASTY!

Nikki S said...

I SO love your blog. It is the one and only that I follow whole heartedly(I butchered that one didn't I?). It makes me laugh to no end!

Christine said...

One word...Yum! Lucky guys. Oh that is two more words.

3rdEyeMuse said...

yep, I'm drooling.

Shannon said...

Jeeze you are dedicated.... I would have been tired just making the sandwiches - but the step by step directions in a blog post would have put me completely over the edge.

Janeen said...

Mmmmmm, any shackwiches left for your bloggy friends? :)

alittlebitofscrap said...

You always come up with the best ideas! Those shackwiches look very yummy!

Starshine said...

Wow...you're a good wife!

Just out of curiosity: what did you write your master's thesis on?

MoveYourAsana said...

woman, I WISH I had half your energy!! and your creativity. I am inspired!!

Grace said...

Have I told U lately you are totally "AMAZINGLY FABULOUS"???? U R. I gained 10 pounds reading about these. Hugs Grace

bluemuf said...

Oh My!!! those sound and look fantastic. I must make some soon.

Hugs Karen

Pepper said...

Nice work! Down in Phoenix while the Masters we on, Sarge and Oly were pouting about missing the party. Lolly was sure you would come through on the sandwich project. Nice work!

Anonymous said...

These look amazing.
Your family is very lucky to have you .

Stephanie B
ladyluck@shaw.ca

annifranni said...

These look so delicious! I'll have to make them sometime! I love sandwiches, oops, I mean shackwiches! :)

Trace Geworsky said...

Okay..how can we get you ladies on Oprah, for having the coolest blog ever??
TRace G
scrapper_t@mts.net

Amanda said...

This tells me how much you love your man and his buddies...awwwwwwww! These look scrumptious. OT: One of the books weighting down the shackwiches was a Laura Ashley decorating book? I just want to say how peeved I am that they discontinued their "Emma" perfume way back about 20 years ago. That was my absolute favorite perfume. Random, I know. :)

Anonymous said...

Who would think you'd need instructions on how to make a sandwich? Okay I made them anyway and hubby lurved them!
srayner@saskpower.com

Dana said...

WOW!! Will the men share those with the girls ? Those are drool worthy!
Thanks for sharing the makings!


Dana
d09@goldingers.com

Anonymous said...

The photos are gorgeous. They look so good, I can almost smell them!

Yummmm!

Sherri

coutch6@myfairpoint.net

michelleb. said...

Cream cheese, really? I don't think I've ever had a sandwich with cream cheese as the binder.

michelleb. said...

Ok...I'm a little slow to catch on. Blogger does not show my email and I never left it in my comment from 4/25
mblaise29@yahoo.com

NancyBradshaw said...

Those look delicious!! That might become a new regular around my house. Or maybe not. My brother would probably eat them before they squished. =D

Nancy
Infumous_angel-720@hotmail.com

barbara burkard said...

superbly delishus!!! can smelllllllll....all the wonderful goodies that add up to this stunning creation!...that's it i'm adding you to my blog..so i can pop in ALL THE TIME!

HUGZ

Christine said...

I wish I could come up with such great things like this. And I like how one of the books on the sandwiches is Dr. Suess! That made me laugh when I finally noticed it.

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com

Tina Maharath said...

you seem like a very AMAZING cook!
tmaharath@yahoo.com

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