Sandwich Isle Maker for the Ancient Alien
Ironically, in light of The The Tasty Island recently proclaiming June 4th Hawaii State “Flying Saucer Day”, at the same time, I happened to stumble upon an electric countertop sandwich maker “el cheap-oh contraption” stashed in my closet that had never been used before. Until now!
As you folks are now well aware of, there’s this pretty weird community fair food called a “Flying Saucer”, typically sold at Hongwangi Oban Festivals on the island of Kauai and Maui. Which obviously gets its nickname from the disc-like “Flying Saucer” shape it resembles, being they’re made using this classic American contraption called a Toas-Tite.
Kauai “UFO”, a.k.a. “Flying Saucer”, a.k.a. Goteborg Musubi
Yet them neighbor isle folks themselves seem unsure about whether it’s nicknamed “Flying Saucer” or “UFO”, with the argument being that a “UFO” is a Goteborg Musubi. Whatevahz.
All that said, this here electric sandwich maker press “gizmo” does pretty much the same job as the Toas-Tite, so we’re in extraterrestrial business!
Unidentified Food Object
Because this here is a take on a Kauai style “Flying Saucer”, albeit in a triangle shape vs. disc form, I’m naming this a “Triangle UFO”, as “Triangle Flying Saucer” would be illogical. Whereas, in this case, the acronym “UFO” translates to “Unidentified Food Object” vs. “Unidentified Flying Object”. Well then again, you can still fly it by flinging it, which by all means, if it tastes that bad, go for it! lol
- 1 fifteen oz. can Hunt’s® MANWICH® Original Sloppy Joe Sauce
- 1 pound ground beef
- American Cheese
- Sliced Bread
Cook ground beef in pan, drain excess fat and/or liquid, then Stir in Manwich Sauce and heat through.
Place a slice of bread on electric sandwich maker. Add about 2 tablespoons of Sloppy Joe mixture to the bread. Top with a slice of American Cheese, then top sandwich with another slice of bread. Close lid and cook until light says READY. Enjoy!
Here’s the visual steps to making The Tasty Island’s “Honolulu Flying Saucer”… err, I mean “Triangle UFO”:
And? Pretty good! Not bad for my first try. I think it needs more “oomph” though.
As you can see, I tried using a cheese blend of Mozzarella and Cheddar, while also switching out Hunt’s Original Sloppy Joe sauce for Ragu’s original “extra thick” ragu sauce, but that didn’t really kick it up the flavor much more.
Actually, the Hunt’s Sloppy Joe sauce tasted better, being it tastes more like a Chili, so it has more complexity to it.
No pun intended, It’s pretty cool how the top and bottom bread slices “glues” itself to each other from its own moisture and gluten by the hot non-stick iron sandwich press, not needing an egg wash to do the job. And it really is a tight seal.
I’ll do a Triangle UFO version 2.0 version next time, experimenting with more “fancy” ingredients, such as mushrooms sauteed in garlic butter and Brie, and doctor-up the Sloppy Joe sauce with more herbs, and what I think it really needs — believe it or not — is more salt, to stand out from the toasted bread casing.
Overall, this “Triangle UFO” ode to Kauai and Maui’s “Flying Saucer” was certainly a fun ‘n tasty project! If you have an electric toasted sandwich press, try it!