Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The only thing better than SIX SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS...


I was born, raised and made a Pittsburgh Steeler fan.  No matter where on this wonderful planet I may live, that will never waiver.  Due to my overwhelming love for the Babe, I am now also a New England Patriots fan.  We watch every game, screaming our heads off cheering our teams on, and usually unexpected friends show up we invite friends over to join us...as long as they are Steeler / Patriots fans as well, or they at least fake it for three and a half hours.

In preparation for the ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL, I came up with this adaptation for a hoagie bake from the original recipe posted on Noble Pig.  I added the Fire and Ice pickles to give it a little zing, and is perfectly paired with our Rolling Rock beer.  This hoagie is nothing like a Pittsburgh Primanti Brother's sandwich, which are so over the top insanely good that I would trade both my son's for half of one, but this is quick, super easy, and downright delicious.  Less time in the kitchen means more time pacing the floor in front of the TV watching Hines Ward, Big Ben, and my favorite - Troy Polamalu!

Steelers Hoagie Bake
(you can substitute "Steelers" for your favorite team, as long as it is not "Jets", "Ravens", or "Eagles")

2 cans Big N Buttery crescent rolls

The following 5 ingredients should all be thinly slice:
1/4 lb baked ham
1/4 lb smoked provolone cheese
1/4 lb Genoa salami
1/4 lb Swiss cheese
1/4 lb pepperoni

1 T Italian seasoning
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten with 2 t of water

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with non-stick cooking oil.
Unroll one tube of the crescent rolls in one piece and press into the bottom of the pan, be sure to seal the perforations.  Layer the meat and cheeses in the order listed, making sure each layer covers the pan.  You can add additional meats or cheeses if you like.  Spread the pickles or pepper rings evenly on top of the pepperoni, then sprinkle on the Italian seasoning followed by the Parmesans cheese.  Top with the second tube of crescent rolls, and brush on the egg wash.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool 5 minutes before cutting or you may lose all that wonderfully melted cheese out the sides.  

In the words of my boys - "outrageously good!"

Eat happy and GO STEELERS!

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