We love a nice hot sandwich on a rainy day. You know the kind that is a bit gooey with a little crunch on the outside? This is that sandwich.
We kept it simple to let the flavours of the spiced beef be the star. As always, local is best and for this sambo it’s all about Tom Durcan’s famous spiced beef, which is sold cooked, sliced, and packaged for convenience (and they even deliver within Cork city and across Ireland). Which means, when you want spiced beef, you don’t need to cook it from scratch. But, this sandwich works equally well with those lovely spiced beef leftovers in the week after Christmas, so bookmark it for your future self.
We bought our ingredients from the English Market, most specifically we used Tom Durcan Meats cooked sliced spiced beef for this recipe (they delver nationwide). We bought the dried baguette from Alternative Bread Company. We bought the cornichon pickles from On the Pig’s Back. We bought the Dijon mustard from Mr. Bell’s. The white cheddar is Charleville. Within the recipe, I also link to the sources for my ingredients, but you can work with whatever you have available locally. But if you’re in Cork, the links may be helpful.
Hot Spiced Beef Sandwich Featuring Tom Durcan’s Spiced Beef
1. Preheat oven to 175C / 350F
2. Slice the baguette to have a six-inch section then slice in half lengthwise separating top and bottom.
3. Spread 1/4 of the mustard on the inside top of the baguette and 1/4 inside the bottom half. Layer the sliced pickles on the bottom half atop the mustard. Place half a slice of cheddar on the inside top and inside bottom. Atop each piece of cheese, fold a piece of sliced beef. Place the second slice of cheese in the centre, spread 1/4 mustard on one of the pieces. Fold the remaining two slices of spiced beef to place atop the cheese then spread the last 1/4 of the mustard and a few pickle slices in the centre.
4. Fold aluminium foil around the sandwich and warm in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
5. Enjoy it warm.
We also have a video going through the process which is handy to know what to expect. We also shared a video of our trip to the English Market to buy the spiced beef here on our TikTok account.
Disclosure: Though Tom Durcan Meats knew we were writing this post and developing the recipe, we paid for all the ingredients.