Al Hodges and Manna From Heaven
I have always loved a good beef sandwich and the site of this one made me swoon. More than that Garden and Gun Magazine did a wonderful article on the inventor Al Hodges and his faith that brought the existence of this sandwich to him. This was manna from God and he shared this wonderful recipe with everyone that walked into his shops.
I decided as soon as I saw it that I had to get out to the store and make this for dinner that night. I did not deviate from the recipe at all for this first try. We loved the sandwich but for we Californians we would switch up the sauce a bit. It has a tart taste from the Catalina dressing so I would just cut it in half next time. I would also add about 2tsp. of fresh crushed garlic, pepper to taste and a couple of teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce. I wouldn't add and salt unless you are using low sodium soy sauce. That hot melted cheese, flavorful meat and dripping sauce make for a sandwich the family will be asking for again and again.
Thank you Garden & Gun for another great article and piece of history! Please follow the link to Garden & Gun for the full recipe. The story of this warm sandwich will also warm your heart.