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Triangle “UFOs”

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!

Toas-Tite® Sandwich Grill Press

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

Triangle UFO

  • 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”:

DuraBrand Sandwich Maker model #SM305

And? Pretty good! Not bad for my first try. I think it needs more “oomph” though.

Pomai with an F-22 Raptor at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base HawaiiAs 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!

13 thoughts on “Triangle “UFOs”

  • June 12, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Cool! Those really do look like the wedged-shaped UFO’s you see on those UFO shows. Looks good too! There are an endless amount of combinations you can try when it comes to what to stuff the bread with. You can even try different breads.

    • June 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm


      Yeah, I think there’s at least a suborbital aerodynamic possibility with that wing foil design.

      And indeed, so many possibilities with this “Flying Saucer” ‘ a.k.a. “UFO” food concept. From the type of bread, to the meat, veggies, herbs, cheeses and sauce, etc. Endless!

    • June 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Auntie Doni,

      As noted in the introduction, “Flying Saucers” are actually a very popular food item sold at Hongwanji Oban Festivals on the island of Kauai and Maui. For some odd reason, it never made its way or became popular on Oahu, similar to the Goteborg Musubi, a.k.a. “UFO”.

      As for “bachelor food”, these are pretty much the three basics:

      • TV Dinner
      • Instant Ramen
      • Beer


  • June 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Add black pepper, garlic salt and Worcestershire, and experiment with the DelMonte Sloppy Joe sauce instead of hunts. I also see a lot less cheese in the ones we sold at the fair.

    • June 13, 2015 at 11:59 am


      A-ha! Great tips! I think you’re Japanese, but you’re not really, because you just gave me the secret ingredients, which Japanese people usually never do. LOL!!!

  • June 15, 2015 at 4:22 am

    Actually, the “UFO’s” have “trickled” into Oahu. A Vendor at the Mililani Tech Park Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays) sells the Goteborg Sausage “UFO’s”. She’s there every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. I learned of the Goteborg UFO’s and the Goteborg Sausage on a March “Staycation” to Kauai. We had them at the Tip Top Café. Delicious !!. We finally located the sausage at the Mililani Times and the Waipahu Don Quijote.

    • June 15, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      A couple of years ago, we were surprised to find Goteburg musubis at Paina Cafe at Koko Marina.  Of course, we had to buy them as an add-on for our lunch.  They were yummy!

      • June 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm

        @ Roy and David,

        Paina Cafe is owned by the fellahz who started Poke Bowl, formerly in Ward Farmers Market, where what was before that, Tropic Fish & Vegetable market, next to what is now Real a Gastro Pub on the Diamond Head side of the Farmers Market. It was there at Poke Bowl back in 2008 that they introduced Goteborg Musubi to the Oahu market under the name “Jobo’s Goteborg Musubi”, and it seemed ever since then (and my blogging about it), a handful of places around Oahu copied them, such as Tanioka’s Fish Market in Waipahu. Then following that, stores such as Marukai, Times Supermarkets and Don Quijote on Oahu started stocking Hormel Goteborg Sausage.

        Hormel should sell Goteborg in deli slice packets like they do other sausages such as salami, so you don’t have buy that huge honkin’ log!

  • June 15, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Goteborg Sausage is sold in the Waianae Store on the Leeward side.

  • June 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Pomai, you need to kick up the triangle sandwich a few notches by sautéing chopped Portuguese sausage, Maui onions and green peppers for filling or Italian sausage, onions and green peppers or chopped pepperoni, spinach, garlic and mozzarella cheese or chopped ham/Spam® and cheese (add mushrooms) or chopped cooked bacon, American cheese and tomato (kick it up with Ro-Tel® diced tomato) or shredded  beef, onions, mushrooms and cheese or ground pork, green onion, ginger, garlic, bean sprouts and water chestnuts or make a shrimp toast filling.

  • June 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Goteborg Sausage is also  sold in Tamura’s Market on the Leeward side.

  • June 18, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Shoot, The Times Supermarket in Kaimuki Center (Waialae and 4th Ave) got Goteborg, too! That’s where I scored ‘um!  They hide ’em in the meat section, not where the sausages are in the Deli section.


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