I have a quick and easy idea for you. Spicy Flank Steak Naanwich with Apple Slaw. Get it? It’s a sandwich made with naan and it’s the perfect solution for “one of those days”. I think you know what kind of day I’m talking about. The kind of day when you wake up in the morning and rather than bound out of bed you lay there a bit longer than you know you should. After all, there’s a dog to walk and she’s already clicking around on the hardwood making her needs known. So you drag yourself out of bed because you know that there is bread to “win” and bacon to “bring home”. Why does life require so much bread and bacon?
It’s days like these when I look for shortcuts. Sandwiches often fill this gap nicely. It’s easy to turn to sliced bread in a pinch, and there is endless room for sandwich creativity. But what makes a truly harmonious sandwich? After all, the sandwich is a rather broad concept. Even the bread is optional. I’d even call lettuce cups a type of sandwich. When I’m looking for an easy but creative sandwich presentation I often reach for store-bought naan. Did I say sandwich? I meant to say naanwich.
A naanwich is sorta like a gyro or a puffy taco. It’s easy to make because you can fill it with whatever you have on hand. Even leftovers. I chose leftover, spicy flank steak, and balanced it with a sweet-tart green apple slaw that I put together at the last moment. The hot chile condiment I slathered onto this naanwich was adapted from the Los Angeles restaurant Hinoki and the Bird. It was also a leftover from a previous meal. You can recreate all three elements especially for this naanwich from the recipe I cobbled together below. In the end, I think it’s a pretty swell little package! GREG