The last time I was in St. Augustine, Florida this past March, I fell in love. With a sandwich, that is.
My friend Melis and I went into Cafe Eleven, this sort of modern, laid back, warehouse-chic restaurant and music venue. We’d driven by while on all of our trips to St. Augustine but had never eaten there. Melis’ mom had mentioned they had really great food and she often went with her gym buddies after working out, so one afternoon we decided to head in for lunch.
I checked out the menu and the first thing that caught my eye was the Cafe 11 Club. The usual club ingredients were included… bacon, mixed greens, turkey… but then I saw ranch dressing and cream cheese, eeeek! Honestly, I was a little weirded out by the combination but at the same time slightly intrigued… I kind of dig weird things! I was picturing a soggy mess of a sandwich, but the guy behind the counter said it was actually delicious and a very popular sandwich. I decided to put my trust in a complete stranger and order it. I’m so glad I did because it was really wonderful. I’m still a little confused as to how it works so well but the herby and creamy flavors from the ranch dressing and the smoothness of the cream cheese are quite a match made in food heaven. Who knew?!
In my attempt to recreate it, here is what I used:
• Spring Mix
• Cream Cheese
• Annie’s Naturals Organic Cowgirl Ranch Dressing
• When Pigs Fly Sourdough Bread (one of my favorites!)
• Turkey (I asked for it to be sliced on the thicker side at the deli counter)
Since it’s a sandwich, the building process is pretty self explanatory…
Ranch dressing on the left slice, cream cheese on the right. You can obviously use as much or as little as you’d like. I just did a thin layer of both.
Avocado on left, turkey on right.
Add bacon and mixed greens
Voila! Now is a also great time to express how EXCITED I am to take take photos out on my deck again now that the weather is nice(er)!!!!!! WAHOOO!
This is a perfect lesson in trying anything once, because had I continued to be “weirded out” by the cream cheese/ranch dressing combination I would have never have known what I was missing This is definitely a great Summer sandwich… picnic, anyone? It’s simple to make and unusually delicious!
When I was younger I used to put mayonnaise on my hot dogs (whaaat?). And I also put mayo on Ritz crackers with ham and cheese, but I only did that in private cause I thought my family would think I was a huge nut … cats out of the bag now, haha! My roommate, who is from Seattle, said hot dogs with cream cheese are real popular there, too! What’s your favorite “weird” food combination?