The mind works in mysterious ways. Often times, I find it difficult to remember my own kid’s names or what day my wedding anniversary falls on or better yet, how old I am (which I am now part of the 40+ demographic). But put in Smokey and The Bandit or Raising Arizona, damned if I can’t recite it line for line.
There are countless scenes that warrant proper discussion; but given that I am a half-assed food blogger, the one scene that is most relevant to my circumstances would be the scene when Sherriff Buford T. Justice runs into Bandit Darville at a local roadside diner…..“Let me have a Diablo Sandwich, a Dr. Pepper and make it fast…”
This quote got me thinking, is there really a Diablo Sandwich and if so, how does one make it? As far as I can gather, there is no published recipe for a “Diablo Sandwich”, but based on watching the scene countless times and doing a little internet surfing, a Diablo Sandwich is pretty much your classic Sloppy Joe. So here is my “twisted” version of the Diablo Sandwich…..
1.5 lb ground beef
2 T olive oil
14.5oz can diced tomatoes, drained and puree
1 white onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 T chili powder
1 t ground cumin
1 chipotle en adobo, chopped
6 oz. beer, preferably Mexican Lager
¼ c Back Roads Beer B Que Sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
4 Kaiser rolls
In a heavy cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 T of olive oil, ground beef and brown meat for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove beef from skillet, set aside and discard the grease from cooked beef. Return skillet to burner, add remaining olive oil and saute onion, carrot, poblano, chipotle, salt, pepper for 4 to 5 minutes. Once vegetables are softened, add garlic and sauté for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, tomatoes, beer and Beer B Que Sauce and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Serve on Kaiser roll, topped with onions, pickles and/or jalapenos, accompanied by an ice cold Dr. Pepper (Dublin style).
Twisted Epilogue: BTW, FU Toby B……your sorry ass is about to turn 40 too.