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mother’s sandwiches

It’s cold and wet and dreary. Perfect weather for comfort food. Best served straight out of the oven and eaten right from the aluminum foil. Pair with cheap canned beer.

comfort food

Mother’s Sandwiches

  • 1 lb ground meat (93% lean, if you want to pretend this is healthy)
  • 1/3 cup catsup (ketchup, whatever)
  • 2 TBSP yellow mustard
  • 1 can condensed chicken gumbo soup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • black pepper to taste.
  • 8 dinner rolls (we used Chicago style)
  • 8 slices American cheese


Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Brown the ground meat in a large skillet until fully cooked (5-10 minutes), then drain off any residual grease, which will be negligible if you’ve used the 93% lean meat. Turn off the heat and add the soup, mustard, ketchup, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper, and stir until well combined.

Hollow out the rolls, and lay 1/2 slice of cheese on the bottom. Spoon in 1/8 of the meat, and lay the other 1/2 of cheese on top. Close the roll, and wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Repeat with remaining rolls*.  Toss them in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Dig in!

*If you don’t need all 8 sandwiches, refrigerate the extra meat. When you’re ready to make the remaining sandwiches, return the meat to room temperature before filling and baking.

When we were kids we’d each make our own sandwich, layering as much cheese as (in some cases, more than) the bun could accomodate, and guard the oven to ensure that no one absconded with our gooey treasure. Sharing may not have been a strong suit in our family…


One thought on “mother’s sandwiches

  1. i must make these. i recall your sis talking about them when we were growing up. but for some reason, i never asked what they were! chicken gumbo soup..i would have never imagined.

    i made your death by mac & cheese sans mushrooms. delish!

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