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Philly Beef & Cheese Crustini’s

Written By: Chris - Apr• 19•12

So last weekend Bill and I were wandering around my favorite, beautiful garden center in Ramsey, MN planning for some spring gardening.  Later, we would be attending a couple of social events in just a few hours so we didn’t want to eat too much, but were hungry for a snack!  We know that most of the items on the appetizer menu’s at the local pubs would not be very healthy and since we didn’t want to eat any fried food, not much was sounding good!

We decided that I could create something better at home!  If you know me, you know that I’m always looking to create dishes from what I have on hand, so it was down to the freezer I went.  From time to time, I have to answer the door to the Schwan’s guy…. We have been known to hide because I usually don’t need anything and feel guilty not buying from the person out trying to make a living!  When I do buy from him, I try to find things that are healthier or that I can create dishes out of.  Just our luck, I had some Philly Beef Steak!  Though I had never tried it before, I would recommend you buy some and create these scrumptious little crustini’s!   The beef has no marinade or seasoning.  It is just 100% pure meat. Patties quickly break apart while cooking into strips of tender beef-perfect to create your own delicious sandwiches! I always keep a Baguette in the freezer for creating quick appetizers.

This is what I came up with!

Ingredients:

8 slices Baguette (1/2 inch thin)
1/3 large Onion
1/2 green Bell Pepper
1 teaspoon Butter
1 teaspoon Oil
1 Garlic clove
1/4 Cup Swiss cheese
1/4 Cup Mozzarella
Salt
Pepper

I thawed the Philly Beef steaks long enough on medium in the microwave until I could pull the (pressed patties of meat apart), but made sure not to cook them!
Saute sliced onion in oil and butter until translucent.  Add smashed garlic and green pepper slices.  (Don’t over cook peppers).
Toss in beef and continue to cook while tossing until beef turns from pink to light brown; Meanwhile, toast the crustini’s turning them half way through toasting to brown each side.

Top toasts with meat mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
Place back into oven (I used the toaster oven and my mini Pampered Chef stones) cook until cheese is nicely browned.

We snacked on these with a nice glass of Michel-Schlumbeger Pino Blanc, which we found in Sonoma, CA.

Enjoy!

Cheers!
~Chris

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