Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Saddle Bag Sandwiches

So now it is time to tell who our mystery guest was, and whether he ever got here or not.  His name is Michael Martine Murphy  along with our friend, Donna.  He is to become our neighbor for a short season, because he is going to rent our little house next door while he and his wife build their house here in our area.  He did finally come; but a few changes in the meal plan were necessary.  and the now compacted schedule of too many things combined from 2 days into 1, our "get together" had to be shortened somewhat.   This was our final menu:

Saddle Bag Sandwiches
Chili Rellenos Casserole, sliced, warmed and wrapped
Spring mix salad with apples, sugared walnuts etc. ; placed into disposable tupperware
Cranberry walnut vinaigrette in tiny jar
Tres Leches Cake cut and wrapped
plastic forks, 
paper napkins
bottled water

Saddle Bag Sandwiches

When Steve was young and when he would help his Grandfather work cows for the day, they would always pack a lunch for a day in the mountains. The best part  of that lunch was what was referred to as the saddlebag sandwich.  It was the perfect sandwich, made with homemade bread and left over meat from dinner the night before.  There is something about that hearty fresh bread, and delicious slices of  Roast Beef or Chicken that just makes this sandwich unforgettable 

Here is what makes a great saddlebag sandwich;

Sliced homemade bread
Sliced homemade roast beef
Fresh sliced tomatoes (actually a true saddlebag sandwich probably wouldn't include tomatoes, because they would turn everything to mush in the saddlebag, but you and I can just slice them up and put them in a separate container to be added just before eating.
Fresh lettuce
Put it all together as is customary.  Wrap in wax paper; I like to wrap sandwiches in wax paper; it  reminds me of the days when we were young before saran wrap or ziplock bags... something sweet about it.


  1. I can't wait to hear how it all went! I love that you made Saddle Bag Sandwiches! :) Thanks again for the recipes and all the updates it gives me a delightful window to look through!

  2. Hey Pam, what a cute picture of the lunch box and thermos. We had such a great time and the left over roast beep Yum-Yum.
    So glad we are blogging friends!

  3. Oooh, you have inspired me to start making roast beef so I can make those yummy sandwiches. I love the whole menu. So inspiring, like reading a magazine! Thanks so much for the delightful inspiration. LOVE you Mom!!!!