I was born on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. My mom, Izetta, was born in Tennessee and raised in Waterford, Virginia. My dad, Charles Irving, was born in a small town outside of Leesburg, Virginia. Most of my aunts and uncles remained in Virginia. We would drive to the country every Sunday and had wonderful Sunday dinners with relatives. My mom would help cook in their big country kitchens. Nothing says comfort like southern food and. . .good ole' hospitality is truly a southern tradition.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
HOT SHOPPES COPY-CAT TEEN TWIST
Do you remember the Teen Twist at Hot Shoppes restaurants? I remember how delicious they were. This is my version on how to put this sandwich together. I made the twist sandwich rolls but you can use any type of sandwich roll or bun that you prefer. It doesn't matter if it's round or long, as long as it taste like the original Teen Twist.
2 twist sandwich rolls or buns
2 T unsalted butter, softened
4 slices American cheese
8 thin slices ham, Black Forrest is perfect
6 thin slices tomatoes
Secret Sauce 1 t granulated sugar
1 t white vinegar
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 T sweet green pickle relish
In a small bowl, add the sugar and vinegar and stir to let sugar dissolve. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and stir to combine.
Spread both sides of each sandwich roll with softened butter.
Place a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat and toast the bottom halves, butter side down until golden.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Remove bottom halves to a baking sheet and add two slices of cheese, cover as much of roll as possible.
Add 4 slices of ham on top of cheese, covering as much as possible and fluffing to build volume.
Place in oven to warm ham and slightly melt cheese while grilling the top halves.
Grill the top halves until golden brown while bottom halves are warming in the oven. Remove bottom halves to two plates.
Add 3 slices tomatoes and shredded lettuce to each half.
Spread some Secret Sauce on the top roll and place on top of sandwich.
Serve whole or cut in half diagonally. Makes 2 sandwiches