Fireman Fontina Smoky Sandwiches

So I came up with these tasty little treats using some leftovers we had on hand at my mom and dad’s house this week. Mom came up with the name. These sandwiches were a great, hearty dinner.

Fireman Fontina Smoky Sandwiches

4 hamburger or sandwich buns
2 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 thick slices of roasted pork tenderloin or smoked ham
8 tablespoons of your favorite smokey barbecue sauce
4 large slices of fontina cheese

Preheat your oven to broil. Butter the insides of your buns and sprinkle with garlic powder. Place buns face-up on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Place under the broiler just until the edges of the buns begin to brown – about 2-3 minutes – and then remove.

In a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and add sliced onions. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and caramelized. Remove from heat and set aside.

On one side of each sandwich, place a slice of pork. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce on each slice. On the opposite side of each sandwich, heap equal portions of the caramelized onions. Top the onions with a slice of fontina cheese.

Return the cookie sheet with the sandwiches to the broiler. Bake until cheese melts and barbecue sauce bubbles, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, and assemble the sandwiches. Serve hot with your favorite veggies or sides!

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