An Open-Faced Prime Rib Sandwich is the perfect way to use up any leftovers from a prime rib roast. Imagine caramelized onions and melty provolone cheese atop thinly sliced prime rib on a hoagie roll.
Phil and I have taken to making a tiny prime rib roast for the occasional, extra-special date night.
I have to admit: the purpose of doing this is mostly to have leftovers for these AWESOME open-faced prime rib sandwiches.
If you're making prime rib for Christmas Dinner, keep this recipe in the holster for the leftovers!
Open-Faced Prime Rib Sandwiches: about the meat
Phil talked me into buying a meat slicer, which I was firmly against.
After all, a meat slice is a space-eating "unitasker". But then I realized that it quickly paid for itself, and that we're saving a ton of money by not buying pre-sliced meat or cheese.
I'm a reluctant convert.
ESPECIALLY when Phil sliced our coveted prime rib into thin, gorgeous slices of medium-rare perfection.
But you can get away with not having a meat slicer.
To slice the meat as thinly as possible, freeze your leftover prime rib for about a half hour.
Then use a sharp chef's knife to carefully cut the semi-frozen meat into thin slices (it's easier to thinly slice meat when it's a bit firmer).
How to make Open-Faced Prime Rib Sandwiches
Caramelized onion is wonderful with open-faced prime rib sandwiches.
I thinly slice some sweet Vidalia onion and sautée until it's just beginning to turn golden-brown.
Then, I add in the sliced prime rib, quickly sautée, and top with provolone slices.
Finally, I lid the skillet to let the cheese melt, and then it's go time.
To serve, I just place a spatula-full of the cheese, meat, and onion mixture on top of a toasted hoagie roll.
Leftover au jus from Date Night Prime Rib Roast is perfect for serving.
After all, these open-faced prime rib sandwiches are fabulous for eating with a knife and fork, dipping each bite in the au jus.
If you don't have au jus, you could also mix a tiny bit of horseradish with a 1:1 mix of mayonnaise and sour cream, and slather that on the hoagie roll.
And there you have it! A not-fit-for Foodgawker mess of some of the most awesome comfort food/pub food EVER. I hope you love it!
P.S. If you need more inspiration for using up your leftovers, pop over and check out the easy dinner ideas in my article, Using up Leftovers!
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- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ Vidalia onion, sliced into half-rings
- 2 cups prime rib, thinly sliced (leftover from Date Night Prime Rib, see Recipe Note #1)
- 4 slices provolone cheese
- freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 2 hoagie rolls, lightly toasted and kept warm
OPTIONAL GARNISHES FOR SERVING
- ¼ cup leftover au jus, (see link in Recipe Note #1)
- 2 tbsp horseradish cream, (see Recipe Note #2)
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until light, golden-brown, about 8–10 minutes. Mix in the sliced prime rib: stir and fry for 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium-low.
- Top the meat and onion mixture with the sliced provolone. Lid the skillet to allow the cheese to melt, 2–4 minutes.
- Load up a spatula with half of the cheese, meat, and onion mixture and slide evenly onto both halves of the roll. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and serve with leftover au jus (if using).
- If you like your sandwiches piled high, you'll want to use more! Here's the recipe for Date Night Prime Rib.
- I use EITHER au jus or this sauce horseradish cream sauce. To make the sauce, mix:
Spread about 1 tbsp of the sauce over both halves of the hoagie roll before topping with the meat mixture.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 sandwich
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Date Night Prime Rib: A small roast provides 2 giant servings for a romantic Date Night or Valentine’s Day dinner, plus plenty of leftovers to slice up thinly for prime rib sandwiches. Easily adaptable to larger roasts to feed a crowd.
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