July 30: Blessed Solanus Casey Sandwich

3 things I didn’t know about Father Casey:

1. He is an American; thought we have many venerable beatified American men, we are still waiting on the first male American saint!

2. Though he was born Bernard Francis, Father Casey was given the religious name of “Solanus” after Saint Francis Solanus; both men shared a love of the violin.

3. When he was asked what to do about the poor coming to the doors of his community, he responded, “They are hungry; get them some soup and sandwiches.” Let’s take his advice and make these in his honor!

3 Tips for Sandwiches:

1. Did you know that Jimmy John’s day old bread is 10 cents? I had been missing out on this revelation until a week ago. Unfortunately, they were all out, but a loaf of sandwich bread costs two dollars there! Bread holds the whole thing together, so whatever you decide on, make it tasty.

2. Sandwiches take on something more individualistic than, say, a bowl of pasta or a salad you share. So, add as much meat and cheese and all the toppings you want! This was just what we wanted.

3. I usually use a food processor for making basil, but I decided I wanted something more coarse. A hand mixer worked really well!

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

8-10 slices of turkey

3-4 slices of gouda cheese, cut in half

4-5 slices of bacon

Micro greens

Baguette or sandwich bread of choice

Pesto avocado sauce:

1 avocado

2 handfuls of basil

3 tablespoons pine nuts

3-4 tablespoons of olive oil

3-4 small cloves of garlic

Salt, to taste

Preparation

1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 200 degrees.

2. To make the sauce: using a hand mixer, blender, or food processor, combine all ingredients until consistency is at your desire.

3. To cook bacon: place strips of bacon in frying pan (you don’t need any grease!). Cook until desired crunchy level have been reached. Set aside.

4. Cut open bread and spread avocado pesto sauce onto both sides of bread. Place bread on baking sheet.

5. Place turkey and cheese onto bread.

6. Place in oven for 7-10 minutes.

7. Top with bacon and micro greens.

Blessed Solanus Casey, pray for us!

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