A quick recipe for you this evening. We've been eating these quick sandwiches quite a bit lately thanks to my Mama. She grew up in Binghamton, NY and on the often snow-clad streets of this Upstate town, you might find a little dive bar called Sharkey's. The restaurant claims to have invented this dish - skewered meat, marinated for days - nestled between a fold of white bread. It's called the Spiedie. We had them very occasionally as kids - our first at Sharkey's when visiting my grandparents who at the time still lived Upstate. And more recently when my best friend and I took a quick road trip up to Buffalo for a concert - we stopped in on my mother's insistence. I had forgotten how delicious they are. But after my Mom attended her high school reunion last year - and spending nearly every meal at Sharkey's - they've found their way into regular rotation when we are together.
I've been meaning to post about the Spiedie now for a while. We'd been using a cocktail of different dressings to replicate the flavor of the marinade - and hit the mother load when we found the Spiedie Sauce at a local grocer. But I really wanted to see if I could replicate the marinade myself. And I think we did it.
A few notes - the meat can be cooked after 24 hours in the marinade - but it really needs 48 hours if you can manage. Also - soft white bread. The bane of our existence I know - but the intensity of the marinade gets lost with wheat - make an exception and use white. You can use any meat - lamb, beef, chicken; like any good Jew, we prefer pork. Finally - and my mother thinks this is sacrilegious - we LOVE mayo on our bread.
3 lbs. pork tenderloin (cubed)
3/4 c. grapeseed oil
3/4 c. tarragon wine vinegar (white wine vinegar works as well)
1 T. white vinegar
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 t. salt
2 t. pepper
1 t. garlic powder
3 t. dried chopped onion
1 T. dried mint
1 T. oregano
You'll also need:
white bread (we love the soft Italian sliced bread)
Place your cubed meat in a large bowl. Whisk together all of the remaining ingredients and pour over the meat. Using a spoon (or your clean hands) ensure that the marinade is thoroughly coating all of the meat. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.
When you’re ready to cook, work the meat onto the skewers - no more than 6 pieces per stick - until you've used all of the meat. There are several ways you can cook these; we've broiled them and grilled them - but I think the most authentic flavor comes from using a cast iron griddle. Regardless, cook until they brown just slightly - about 6-7 minutes per side.
When you are ready to enjoy, place a skewer onto a piece of bread, then gently twist and pull the skewer out leaving the meat behind on your bread - and there you go. The girls LOVE these. The first time we made them at home for the girls, Ari could not remember the name - she ate three and complained all night that she ate too many "smarties." Pretty damn cute.