"Iron" Sandwiches

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2008/01/18 11:47:51 (permalink)

"Iron" Sandwiches

Greetings, Roadfooders!

I'm working on a column about "iron" sandwiches, as in cheese sandwiches cooked with an iron, the kind you'd iron a shirt with. This is one of those cases where the memory is better than the food itself, but I recall as a child my mother making these. She'd assemble the sandwich, wrap it in foil, and then place the hot iron on top. Does anyone else remember this? For attribution purposes, please give me your real name and where you live.

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Fred Sauceman
Johnson City, Tennessee
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    mikez629
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/18 11:55:13 (permalink)
    That is called "ghetto grilled cheese"
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/18 12:29:03 (permalink)
    Fred, I hope this helps. I did not know it had a name but back when I was in college in Mississippi, we did not have microwaves at that time nor did we have any other appliances. I did have a iron and many times late in the evening when everything else was closed in Decatur, MS, I heated up my trusty electric iron, pulled out some slightly stale bread, buttered it up with butter I kept on the window sill to keep it cool, wrap the bread, cheese in some foil that I had ripped off somewhere and placed the iron on top of it. I would flip it after a few minutes and that would help the hunger pains pass while I studied. I also used it to heat soup, heat coffee and other foods.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/18 13:25:50 (permalink)
    I would assume that it went back to the old wood cookstoves.
    During laundry time the women would usually have half a dozen or so of various sad irons heating on the top. And most likely, in the interest of time, she thru together a sandwich and used the hot iron as a weight.
    Today as you know they call it a panini and jam you an extra 3 or 4 bucks for it. Chow Jim
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    Big Ugly Mich
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/18 13:44:05 (permalink)
    I've heard them called Benny and Joons, because Johnny Depp was making them a couple times in that movie.

    I remember the beginning of the Three Stooges short "Sing a Song of Six Pants" when Moe was making pancakes on a pants press.

    James Michalek
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/18 15:27:57 (permalink)
    Ive not only heard of doing it but have used it in the past as well as the variation of strappin a foiled wrapped sandwich to the muffler or engine. Maybe not the best variant of grilled cheese but better than a cold sandwich on a chilly night
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/18 17:39:24 (permalink)
    Fred

    Good to see you again

    My grandmother, was a housewife, she did the cooking and the cleaning while my grandfather worked out in the community, he worked for the local telephone company.

    One hot summer days, since she was already doing the laundry and such, she would make sandwiches for my grandfather by "ironing" them.

    She didn't want to heat the whole kitchen up by cooking some, so she would use whatever meat was left over from last night's dinner, slice up some home made bread, add some local cheese, wrap it up and while she would do her ironing, would toast the sandwich.

    Grandpa would come home for lunch, and there would be a hot sandwich or two waiting for him. They would take their lunch out under the big tree in the front yard (cool & shady) and eat lunch together, watching the Ohio river go by.

    Grandma always told that story to us as kids, I grew up in a house not 5 doors down from where she and grandpa lived. She did say that she would refuse to make my grandfather's favorite sandwich, using her iron. He loved Limburger cheese with onion on dark rye bread.

    Donald Frantz
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    sk bob
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/20 17:33:25 (permalink)
    "ghetto grilled cheese", thats funny.
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/20 23:55:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by mikez629
    That is called "ghetto grilled cheese"


    quote:
    Originally posted by Big Ugly MichI remember the beginning of the Three Stooges short "Sing a Song of Six Pants" when Moe was making pancakes on a pants press.


    I loved them both but the Three Stooges made me LMAO. How did you remember the name of the short?

    Good post both.
    LOL
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/21 13:59:51 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by mikez629

    That is called "ghetto grilled cheese"


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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/22 09:52:15 (permalink)
    CajunKing,

    Thanks for your great response. That kind of food memory was exactly what I was hoping for, and I'll use it in my column.

    Fred Sauceman
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/22 14:02:54 (permalink)
    My brother had a good friend who was a latchkey kid. We would go and play in his backyard all the time, making forts and haunted houses, played baseball and the like. I had never seen someone use an iron to make grilled cheese, until one day I saw him making one for lunch. Before microwaves, he wasn't allowed to use the gas stove, but he could use the iron!! His mother had the little packets made up for him, and he just had to heat the iron and a hot lunch was served.

    Wow, how times have changed!!

    Susan Whittle
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    Big Ugly Mich
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/22 20:16:21 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Dr of BBQ
    quote:
    Originally posted by Big Ugly MichI remember the beginning of the Three Stooges short "Sing a Song of Six Pants" when Moe was making pancakes on a pants press.
    I loved them both but the Three Stooges made me LMAO. How did you remember the name of the short?
    Because I may be the only human being alive who liked Shemp better than Curly.
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/23 14:22:03 (permalink)
    Ah ha! Make big bucks and call it panini!
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/23 15:00:59 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by NYNM

    Ah ha! Make big bucks and call it panini!
    Even better open a place in NYC and call it IRON SANDWICH
    cook all sandwiches on an iron and you will have the next big thing. Dont' laugh-sombody is going to get rich of my idea.
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/24 14:28:13 (permalink)
    Thanks again, CajunKing. Here's a link to the column on "iron" sandwiches.

    http://www.gotricities.com/content/article.dna?idNumber=5232

    Fred Sauceman
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/24 15:35:21 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by mikez629

    quote:
    Originally posted by NYNM

    Ah ha! Make big bucks and call it panini!
    Even better open a place in NYC and call it IRON SANDWICH
    cook all sandwiches on an iron and you will have the next big thing. Dont' laugh-sombody is going to get rich of my idea.
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/24 15:40:01 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by NYNM

    quote:
    Originally posted by mikez629

    quote:
    Originally posted by NYNM

    Ah ha! Make big bucks and call it panini!
    Even better open a place in NYC and call it IRON SANDWICH
    cook all sandwiches on an iron and you will have the next big thing. Dont' laugh-sombody is going to get rich of my idea.



    Sorry, I was laughing so hard I forgot to put in the message

    Anyway, great idea!! And I have the perfect location for it: The Flatiron District!!!!

    For those who don't know, it is named after the Flatiron Building (which is shaped like - guess what??) on the corner of 23 St/5th Ave/ Broadway, and home to many trendy restaurants (Shake Shack, 'wichcraft, Tabla, Bolo, etc.) Danny Meyers are ya readin this?
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/24 20:53:21 (permalink)
    Fred

    Thanks, it is an honor to be in your article. I printed it out for my mother and uncle's

    Donald
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/29 00:33:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by sauceman
    Fred Sauceman

    Fred,
    Welcome back!! We've missed you!!!
    If your mother is still alive (and from what I read, it seems like she is), next time you see her, would you please give her an extra hug for me? Mine died in 2001 at age 88.
    My mom never made iron sandwiches, by the way, but she did make a grilled Hershey bar sandwich that was out of this world!
    Gee, maybe I ought to pull out her iron and cook up something... it's sitting there on the ironing board in her bedroom... I may not have even gotten around to unplugging it....
    Ellipticaly, Ort. Carlton in Not-Too-Faraway Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: "Iron" Sandwiches 2008/01/29 00:41:05 (permalink)
    Nice article Sauceman.. Makes one wonder what else was 'rigged' in the kitchen back in the day..
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