When I was growing up, my family and I drove from Colorado Springs to Amarillo, TX every few months. My grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles lived there, and I always felt like that was really home. It was a seven hour drive, and we rarely stopped for food – we always packed a cooler full of snacks and sandwiches to eat in the car.

It was your basic car food: oranges, trail mix, turkey sandwiches, crackers, water bottles full of Colorado water (have you ever tasted tap water from Amarillo, TX…do yourself a favor and don’t.)

Anyways, I loved the trips. I loved being with my whole family. And I was always sad to go. Sometimes (okay, every time) I would hide someplace (water heater closet, linen closet, back seat of grandma’s car) and hope my parents went home without me. It never worked.

But there was a saving grace about the trip back home to Colorado.

Nonnie’s brisket sandwiches. A cooler full of them.


This is nothing like my grandma’s brisket sandwich, I didn’t use nearly enough mayonnaise. There weren’t sprouts and spinach on hers. And I’m pretty sure she probably doesn’t even know what a panini press is.

They’re not as good as Nonnie’s either. But it still tasted like a good memory.

Brisket Sandwich

  • buffalo brisket, torn into bits
  • sprouts
  • spinach leaves
  • 1 t mayonnaise
  • 2 t spicy mustard
  • 1 slice mozarella cheese
  • 2 slices ciabatta bread

Put all ingredients together and smash in a panini press for 3-4 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.

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