Ciabatta Steak Sandwiches with Garlic Scape Aioli – When the weather gets hot, chill and grill with this delicious, garlicky steak sandwich that has a cool crunch!
Today the heat index is whopping 105ºF! Looking out the window the air actually looks hot with a humid haze and a shimmer of heatwaves coming off the black parking lot.
It’s 9:00 am and my 7-year-old has already brought up the topic of going to the pool. I don’t know, though… It may be even too hot for that. The pool, warmed by the sun, will probably feel like bathtub water!
Fortunately, for now, I’m sitting in the protective shell of my air-conditioned townhouse. Growing up in my family’s house, we didn’t have air conditioning. I remember on days like today sitting in the living room and literally panting from the heat.
During the heat of the day my sisters and I would fight over which direction the oscillating fan should point. The idea was to be in the middle of the fan’s path so that you would get a puff of the sticky afternoon air both coming and going.
As evening approached, the hope was always that my Dad would be grilling dinner instead of my mom baking us further with her gas range. On those hot nights, with the stove radiating heat, the only relief came from making excuses for excessive trips to retrieve items from the refrigerator. I feel miserable just thinking about those hot summer days…
Today I’ll inevitably spend a very hot and sticky afternoon at the pool with the kids. Even with coming home to my cool cocoon, the thought of firing up my gas range sounds absolutely dreadful.
I think all there is to be done is to fire up the grill.
This evening I can send my husband out to the patio, ice cold beer and tongs in hand, ready to grill up some flavorful flank steak for Ciabatta Steak Sandwiches with Garlic Scape Aioli. Don’t worry, he won’t mind the heat. He loves an excuse to grill and drink beer.
While my husband is grilling and chilling (well, maybe baking and sweating), I’ll whip up a batch of tasty Garlic Scape Aioli. When my aioli and my husband’s steak combine, the end result is a sandwich that’s absolutely delish. Dressed with fresh arugula, tomato, and onion, it has a cool crunch that balances out the savory steak and aioli. Perfect for scarfing down on your patio on a hot night!
Garlic Scape Aioli
Garlic Scape Aioli