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09/02/2020

~ Roast Beef, Bacon and Horseradish-Cheese Wraps ~

IMG_5442Fly me to the moon.  As a card-carrying carnivore, a thin-sliced deli roast beef sandwich is one of my favorite things.  Slather the bread with some horseradish cheese spread or horseradish mayonnaise (or both) and I'll follow you anywhere.  Once upon a time, I made a tray of exactly 60 of these wrap sandwiches (there were 120 halves on the platter). I served them to our PSU tailgate group.  They were intended to be a snack, with bloody's Mary's, for an early morning tailgate-at-the-stadium, for a Noon kickoff. Fourteen men plus roughly fourteen women polished off the entire tray, in, oh I'm guessing, 15-20 minutes -- that's an average of four halves each. Over the years, I've found that slicing these sandwiches into 6 pieces each makes for a very popular appetizer at cocktail parties too -- roast beef, bacon and horseradish is simply a win-win. 

Those tailgaters would have eaten more had there been more.

IMG_5399For each wrap sandwich, in order of assembly:

1  Mission brand burrito-size super-soft flour tortilla

4-6  tablespoons horseradish cheese spread, your favorite brand

1  thin, flat layer Nature's Promise Spring mix

12  thin slices Boar's Head rare roast beef

3  tablespoon small diced red onion 

3  tablespoons seeded and small-diced Campari tomatoes

3  tablespoons crisp-fried thick-sliced small-diced bacon, your favorite brand

IMG_5403 IMG_5403 IMG_5403 IMG_5403 IMG_5403~Step 1.  To assemble each wrap sandwich, over a large cutting board, drape a large piece of plastic wrap.  Place one flour tortilla in the center. Using a butter knife, slather a thin layer of horseradish cheese spread evenly over the entire surface of the burrito.  Arrange a single, flat layer of the Spring mix atop the cheese spread, followed by a single, flat layer of roast beef (6 whole slices), followed by a second single, flat layer of roast beef (6 more slices).

IMG_5421~Step 2.  Towards the upper-end of the lower-third of the tortilla (meaning, not directly across the center, or, slightly lower than the center), arrange a strip of 3 tablespoons diced red onion, followed by a layer of 3 tablespoons diced tomato, followed by 3 tablespoons diced bacon (all stacked atop each other to form one strip of flavorful small-diced-filling for the center of wrap sandwich).

IMG_5424 IMG_5424 IMG_5424 IMG_5424 IMG_5424 IMG_5361~Step 3.  Starting at the side closest to you, lift the tortilla up and tightly over the top of the diced fillings.  Continue to tightly roll the tortilla until it is sitting, seam-side-down, near the top of the plastic wrap.  Lift the plastic wrap up and tightly over the rolled tortilla, and continue to roll, until the tortilla is sitting, seam-side-down, near the bottom of the plastic wrap. Seal the left and right ends of the plastic wrap, folding the ends of the tortilla, on both sides underneath the tortilla, to tightly encase and seal the wrap sandwich at both ends.  Set aside for 5-10 minutes, or up to 2 hours in the refrigerator, prior to slicing into desired-sized pieces and serving.  Slice the sandwich in half at a 30° angle while holding the knife at a 30° angle.

Tightly wrapping the tortilla in plastic, &, giving it a short rest, will make the sandwich very easy to slice & serve.

IMG_5461Deli-Roast Beef, Bacon and Horseradish-Cheese Wraps: Recipe yields instructions to make as many roast beef, bacon and horseradish-cheese wraps as you want to/1 main-dish serving serving each wrap sandwich/6 appetizer-sized servings each wrap sandwich.

Special Equipment List:  cutting board; chef's knife; plastic wrap; butter knife; serrated bread knife

IMG_5368Cook's Note: The exact origin of the tortilla wrap is not known, but several sandwich shops in various regions of California claim to have created the first one.  None of their stories can be verified, but, one thing that is, for the most part, agreed on:  the tortilla wrap was inspired by the burrito.  When making a tortilla wrap, the general rule of thumb is: any salad or sandwich ingredient combo that can be slapped between two slices of bread or shoved into a pocket bread, can be wrapped in a flour tortilla.  Be sure to get my tips on ~ The Best Way to Assemble and Wrap a Tortilla Wrap ~.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2020)

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