Pepito: Steak & Avocado Sandwich
PEPITO: STEAK & AVOCADO SANDWICH
Makes 4 to 6 generous tortas or sandwiches of about 4" length
1 1/2 lbs
garlic cloves, finely chopped or pressed
of sea salt
teleras, bolillos, petite baguettes, or baguettes sliced into 3 to 4 inches and cut in half
Monterey jack cheese, muenster or mild cheddar
gucamole (see below)
refried beans (store bought or homemade)
Marinate the flank steak with the soy sauce, olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary and black pepper. You may marinate it anywhere from 1/2 hour to overnight in the refrigerator. Remove the meat from the refrigerator and sprinkle with salt when you are ready to cook it.
Preheat the grill pan or grill at medium-high heat. Once it is hot, place the meat and let it cook anywhere from 4 to 5 minutes per side, depending on how well done you want the meat. You can drizzle any extra marinade right over the top of the meat while it cooks. For medium, its closer to 4 minutes per side, for over medium, closer to 5 minutes per side. Remove the meat from the heat and place it on a cutting board. Let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes, slightly covered. Thinly slice across the grain.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Slice the baguettes, teleras or bolillos in half lengthwise and place in a baking sheet. Spread about 3 tablespoons of refried beans on the bottom half of each bread. Cover with about 3 to 4 tablespoons shredded cheese. Place in the oven and let the bread crisp and the cheese melt, for about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Top the pepitos with a generous amount of the thinly sliced meat and 3 to 4
tablespoons of the guacamole. Place the tops on top! Eat while hot.
Makes over a cup
ripe avocados, halved, pit removed, meat scooped out and mashed
scallions, about 2 tbsp, rinsed, tops removed, white and light green parts thinly sliced
coarsely chopped cilantro leaves, optional
jalapeno or serrano chile, more or less to taste, minced (seeding is optional)
lime juice, freshly squeezed
Salt to taste
Gently mix ingredients in a bowl or molcajete and serve. It can be prepared up to 12 hours in advance if covered and stored in the refrigerator.