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PEPITO GOURMET VENEZUELAN LOIN
SANDWICH
 
1 or 1 1/2 pound tenderloin or sirloin meat, cut in chunks
3 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
3 tbsp. barbecue sauce
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
1 dash hot sauce (optional)
2 20-inch baguettes or any other long bread
1 ripe tomato, cut in fine chunks
3 tbsp. chopped onions
1 tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped
4 lettuce leaves, coarsely chopped
pink sauce (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste

"Pepito" is a very popular street food sandwich in Venezuela. It is normally served at small kiosks and consists of a bun of hotdog or baguette bread, filled with grilled or stir-fried chopped meat and a variation of salads or fresh chopped vegetables.

There are many varieties of sauce toppings over the counter to add, such as tartar, garlic, hot pepper, German, ketchup, cilantro, pink sauce (a mix of ketchup and mayonnaise) etc. etc.

Begin by preparing the vegetables, mixing them and adding salt & pepper to taste. Prepare the meat by heating the oil in a skillet and adding it, browning the surface but leaving it red in the inside. Take out the meat and add the sauces to the skillet, mixing with a spoon until the liquid thickens, then add the meat and continue cooking until the meat is done as you prefer. Adjust the salt & pepper.

Cut the 2 baguettes in 4 pieces and open them longitudinally. Fill them with the meat with all the sauce and top with the chopped vegetables and a good squirt of pink sauce.

You can heat the opened baguettes over a hot plate or pannini grill, just as it is done where it is normally served.

Submitted by: Luis De Santis-Venezuela
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