Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is one of my favorite shows. I have been told that I am a much less annoying version of Guy in girl form (still not sure if that’s a compliment or not but I’ll take it as one!) There are so many incredibly unique recipes covered in that show, I started going crazy thinking of all the food I was missing out on. So, my boyfriend and I started a DDD tradition: we pick an episode of DDD at random (our DVR has probably 40+ episodes recorded) and choose a recipe to make from that show. Of course, we make little tweeks here and there, but use the recipe as an inspiration for our next meal. One of the most successful DDD recipes is this one…the Pepito Sandwich. I have made this for all my houseguests and it’s a winner. Who doesn’t love a steak sandwich? With spiced up black beans and melted cheese?! And a serious crunch factor can be found in this sandwich if you use a panini press! It is the perfect sandwich!!! Read on and be sure to make this for yourself and anyone else you love in the near future…
You will need:
- Skirt or Flank steak (about 1 lb) buy more if you want steak lefties!
- Ciabatta bread
- Sliced Meunster cheese
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 large bell peppers (any color)
- 1 Poblano pepper
- 1 huge onion (any color)
- Handfull of cherry tomatoes
- Cumin powder
- Ripe Avocado
- Shake (recipe here) or red pepper flakes
- Salt & pepper
To make the Pepito:
- Season steak with salt & pepper (or marinade for a couple hours beforehand in soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, toasted sesame oil, a spoonful of brown sugar and a hefty squeeze of Sriracha. This is my go-to marinade for skirt and flank steaks). Cook the steak on your grill to desired done-ness…I like mine cooked but still moo’ing. Let steak rest on a plate while you prepare everything else.
- Open a can of black beans and give it a quick drain and rinse. Put black beans in a small pot and throw in a handful of cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of cumin powder. Add a tiny bit of water (¼ cup or less). Season with some salt & pepper. I also like to spice mine up with some Shake or red pepper flakes. Set the pot of beans on low heat with the lid on. Cook until the cherry tomatoes have popped, then just mash everything together.
- While the beans are cooking, slice the peppers and onion into rings or half-moons. Throw the veggies onto a grill pan and season with some olive oil, salt & pepper. Grill until they have some good color and are slightly soft.
- When the black beans and peppers & onions are done, it’s time to slice the steak. Cut against the grain and as thinly as you can.
- Cut the Ciabatta bread into whatever size you want your sandwich to be (huge!)
- If you have a Panini press, now is the time to get it out and heat it up. You can also just use the broiler to melt the cheese and toast the bread.
- Slather the black bean mash all over the bottom piece of Ciabatta. Pile on the steak and top with the grilled peppers and onions. Place the Meunster cheese on top of everything and put the top piece of bread on.
- Put the sandwich in the Panini press and let it go until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy. I like to put avocado on at the end, or just have it sliced to have a bit with every bite.
Time to chow down!