Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you’ve had a pleasant celebration with the special person or people in your lives. Not a long time ago, I used to just let this occasion pass without any fuss but now that I have my own Valentine to celebrate it with, this day has become one of those significant days in my calendar. Marco and I go out and relish the event over some nice dinner and exchange tokens of love and appreciation. I personally like receiving flowers during this time and I also enjoy giving Marco something that he would appreciate, like giving him these wicked Oreos and crunchy tuna sandwiches.
Sweet and Savory
These wicked Oreos and crunchy tuna sandwiches definitely make up a great pair! And I must say, they’re easy to make (as no baking is needed) but difficult to forget. I first tasted wicked Oreos a few years ago when I dropped by the university belt in Manila. I noticed a kiosk with these cookies enveloped in thick batter on a griddle. Curious about its taste, I decided to buy some. And that’s how my fondness for it started. It’s such a simple pastry, with only five basic ingredients needed, yet so delicious.
Now just a few months ago, my officemate brought us these munchy treats and, along with those, some crunchy tuna sandwiches. I instantly loooved the savory and sweet combo. I knew then that I had to replicate both at home. And Valentine’s Day presented itself as the perfect time for it.
Since this day of love falls in the middle of the work week, I had thought of making wicked Oreos and crunchy sandwiches over the weekend first, then produce another fresh batch on Valentine’s Day. That way, I would be able to practice first and quickly make them again before going to work on Valentine’s Day (oh yes, the things you do for love). For my Sunday batch, my mom and sisters got to taste them first and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
What I really like about these wicked Oreos is that the pancake does a pretty good job in subduing the cookie’s sweetness. So they’re not that sweet unlike when you eat the Oreo cookies alone. As for how my first batch looked though, I wasn’t satisfied that much. I poured more water into the pancake mix than necessary so the batter wasn’t thick. The result was the pancakes were flat and just barely enough to cover the Oreo cookies. I took note of this and made sure to reduce the amount of water for my next batch on Valentine’s Day.
The crunchy tuna sandwiches didn’t need any more adjustments as they’d been per-fect. I evenly soaked the bread in egg before rolling it in breadcrumbs for a lavish coating. I also didn’t hold back in stuffing it with tuna and cheese. So the fried sandwiches were golden brown, crunchy and oozing with cheese and tuna!
Happy Hearts Day!
The day has arrived – today! I’ve actually been excited to make them. Armed with the ingredients and tools for producing these sweet and savory pairs again, I made the goodies (thanks to my mom who helped me finish it!) and was satisfied with the batch.
The pancakes covering the Oreos were thicker this time. Yay! The crunchy tuna sandwiches were still oozing with tuna and cheese. About a week ago, when I asked my officemate what these sandwiches were called, she said she didn’t really have an idea as her mom just makes it. So I’m calling them for what they are – crunchy tuna sandwiches. Aside from the burst of tuna and cheese, I love how I could feel the bread’s crunchiness with every bite.
After about 2 hours, the goodies were ready to be signed, sealed and delivered. I gave my Valentine present to Marco before going to work so he could eat them while they’re still warm. And he loved it! He told me how good I was in “baking”. Haha. I guess that’s how expert-like I became with these yummy treats.
- 500 g pancake mix
- 12 pcs Oreo cookies
- 1 pc egg
- 1/2 cup water*
- 2 tbsp oil
Combine the pancake mix, 1/2 cup water and egg in a medium-sized mixing bowl; mix until a consistent batter is formed.
Dip the cookies into the batter.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and once hot, carefully place the cookies and cook until golden-brown, turning them over until both sides are light-golden.
Place on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Serve and enjoy!
*may replace with milk
- 15 slices bread
- 3 pcs eggs
- 1 egg white
- 115 g Italian pizza sauce
- 92.5 g quickmelt cheese
Prepare the ingredients separately.
Take one slice of bread and spread 1 spoon of pizza sauce over it. Add a spoon of tuna then top it with cheese.
Fold the bread in half.
Seal the edges by brushing them with egg white.
Dip the bread into the bowl of beaten eggs.
Coat bread with breadcrumbs.
Do the same steps with the other slices.
Heat oil in a deep-frying pan.
Cook sandwiches, 3 to 4 at a time for 1 minute on one side, then another minute on the other.
Place on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Munch away!