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I define my weekends by lunch. Long, lazy weekends demand slow-cooked stews or sauces that simmer for hours. Cold, rainy weekends are ideal for baking a cake and drinking spiced hot tea with honey. And weekends with late nights make an excellent excuse for sleeping in and making a hot, saucy sandwich.

These beef sandwiches are the lazy-mans burger. Ground meat cooked with grilled onions and garlic then simmered in a spicy, mustardy sauce. Spread onto a crusty bread and topped with excessive amounts of cheese, and I’ve got a sandwich worth waking up for. Even if I just go back to bed afterward.

Longboy Burgers
Serves 2

2 tbsp oil
1 sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb ground beef
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp spicy mustard
1 tbsp hot sauce
salt and lots of freshly ground pepper, to taste

lots o’ butter
hoagie rolls, halved
sharp cheddar cheese

1. In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.
2. Add the beef and cook, stirring to break up the meat. Add the worcestershire, vinegar, ketchup, mustard, and hot sauce and cook until the liquid has reduced slightly and the meat is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Melt some butter on a griddle (or spread softened butter generously on the halved rolls) and place the hoagie rolls, cut side down, onto the griddle. Cook until lightly browned and toasted.
4. Fill the rolls with the beef mixture, and top with cheese. If you want, you can run them under the broiler to get the cheese super melty and to further toast the rolls. Then dive in…and go back to bed.

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