Have you been eating outdoors? We often take our lunch down to the beach to enjoy or pile around the backyard picnic table. And picnics? We love those. When I was asked to join the “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event put on by Land O’Lakes and Kitchen PLAY in July, I said yes in a heartbeat. It’s totally a me thing.
The event challenges bloggers to create something suitable for outdoor dining that uses a new Land O’Lakes Deli Cheese. Fun, right?
But a funny thing happened the day that I went to buy Land O’Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend from my go-to grocery store. Not only did they have it (and on sale!) but I heard two other customers order it too. Seems I am not the only one intrigued by this new cheese. Kind of unusual, right? And quite honestly, eating it I wasn’t disappointed. This has some of the best qualities of American cheese — the meltiness, the size, the familiar flavor. But it has all that with a twist — a sharpness to it thanks to the Italian cheeses that are blended in. This is ideal for tossing on a burger and serving it piled high with tomatoes and onions.
It’s also perfect for melting onto ridiculously easy roll-turned-garlic bread. And then serving with roast beef and hot peppers piled high.
What? It’s true!
This Cheesy Italian Roast Beef on Garlic Bread sandwich is perfect for serving at a picnic (make ’em, wrap ’em up and go) or for enjoying in the backyard with friends and cold beers. Plus they are so easy to make, you needn’t worry about sacrificing your play time for these sandwiches.
Start by making the garlic bread roll. Slice the roll in half, butter it and sprinkle with garlic salt. Toast and when it’s barely golden, add the cheese. Toast again until it’s melted.
Then add the roast beef, salt it a bit and the hot banana peppers. Close it up … and it’s ready to be noshed on. And yes, this is totally outdoor perfect. But, if you want, you could make the garlic bread roll on the grill using indirect heat to make it even more outdoor appropriate. Just make sure to watch it like a hawk to prevent burning.
Be sure to check Kitchen PLAY every day for the next fabulous recipe featuring new Land O’Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend or Land O’Lakes® Deli American Cheese. Then, get in on the fun by leaving a comment with your own “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” tip for dining al fresco this summer. If you do, you’ll be entered to win a lovely grilling prize pack, including one grilling spatula, one marinade brush, one set of tongs and one grill scraper. Kitchen PLAY will be giving away four prizes total, one each week! Please visit Kitchen PLAY for sweepstakes guidelines.
Cheesy Italian Roast Beef on Garlic Bread
- 4 Kaiser rolls
- 1 1/3 tbsp butter
- 2 tsp garlic salt
- 8 slices Land O’Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend
- 3/4 lb deli roast beef
- kosher salt or sea salt
- 1/4 cup hot banana peppers
- Cut open the Kaiser rolls and butter. Sprinkle with garlic salt. Toast in a toaster oven (or in an oven set to 325 degrees) until just beginning to turn a golden brown. Place a slice of cheese on each bread half and toast until melted (1-2 minutes more). Remove from the oven.
- Drape 3-ounces of roast beef on each sandwich and salt to taste. Top with banana peppers and close the sandwiches. Serve immediately, or wrap and take on a picnic.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY SideCar series. I was also provided with a coupon for free product. All opinions are my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.