RECIPE: Guinea Grinders (sandwiches)

khandiDecember 10, 2006

This recipe comes from Lori Jo who comes from New Guinea. These sandwiches are very good!

½ lb Ground Pork or Sausage

½ lb Ground Beef


1 Bell Pepper, chopped

1 small onion, chopped (Leek & green onions)

4 cloves fresh garlic, pressed

1 heaping tbsp whole fennel seed

1 tbsp salt

1 rounded tsp black pepper

1 rounded tsp oregano

1 tbsp Sugar

12 oz tomato paste

Six Kaiser Rolls

6 Slices Mozzarella Cheese

In a deep pan, saute onions & garlic, cook the meat.

Break it up as it cooks, and keep it moving; cook it thoroughly without browning. Drain excess fat.

Add garlic, onion, fennel, bell pepper, and spices.

The most important flavor is the fennel!

Saute lightly until the onions are barely tender.

In the meantime, prepare the kaiser rolls.

Preheat the oven.

Add tomato paste to the ingredients in the pan.

Stir in ¾ cup water and then add a little sugar to cut down on acidity.

(Alternately, use milk or wine. The milk will allow you to cut out some of the sugar; the wine will allow you to cut out some of the salt)

Let the ingredients in the pan go on a low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally during the process.

Remove pan from heat, and distribute the filling among the barrel grinders. Place a slice of cheese over each grinder, and arrange them on a cookie sheet.

Bake as above, and serve after allowing to cool for 10 minutes.

Guinea Grinders store well in the refrigerator kept in individual sandwich bags. They last for two days while maintaining full flavor, and they freeze well.

Enjoy these wonderful sandwiches!

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This sounds unique and good! Thanks for the recipe.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2006 at 7:33AM
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The term "Guinea Grinder" for a ground meat sandwich on a barrel roll has nothing to do with that island in the Pacific named new Guinea. It is named after a rude and not at all politically correct term for an Italian.
A better term for that sandwich is a "grinder" or a "Hoagie".
Linda C

Here is a link that might be useful: What's in a name....

    Bookmark   December 11, 2006 at 2:34PM
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Lindac, come on lighten up!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 9:37PM
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Ah! Someone was BSing me! LOL She said she was from New Guinea. However, I did an internet search for guinea grinders and there's no mention of New Guinea associated with this dish. Thanks for the clarification Lindac! My apologies for the misrepresentation. She didn't say the sandwich originated from New Guinea, but her location and recipe name would lead one to believe so. However, no matter where this dish originated, it is delicious!

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 11:00PM
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Silly me. From the thread title I thought it would be a sandwich made with guinea fowl. Ah, well.....

    Bookmark   December 15, 2006 at 7:52AM
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My mother was from Italy. When her family moved to the US, my grandfather opened an Italian grocery store. Everyday my grandmother made fresh sandwiches to sell in the store for the lunch crowd. My dad would say "your grandmother makes the best (Guinea Grinders)". I have made Guinea Grinders using my grandmother's recipe since I got married many years ago.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2006 at 3:28PM
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