Little Tracey’s Loose Meat Sandwich

About two weeks ago I was contacted about participating in a contest with I Can’t Belive It’s Not Butter! The objective was to share one of my favorite toast recipes.

I had so many ideas I wanted to try, but my gut was telling me to go with a recipe based on one of my favorite childhood memories.

When I was little, nothing was more fun than the fantastic summer vacations I would take with my family. My parents would wake up before dawn to load the van with luggage and their three sleepy little girls. The hope was that my sisters and I would sleep until we reached our destination. Well, that didn’t really work out 😉

We would always wake up just in time to stop at one of our favorite fast-food restaurants. This restaurant served loose meat sandwiches which was a real treat because they were so fun to eat and not available back home. I can remember sitting in the restaurant, still bleary-eyed, but barely able to control myself while waiting for that yummy sandwich to be placed in front of me.

As I grow older and life gets more complicated with work, bills, mortgage, and other responsibilities it’s nice to think about the days when a simple loose meat sandwich would give me such joy. That is why I decided to try and make an adult version of this loose meat sandwich to try and bring a bit of that vacation excitement into my adult life 🙂

So without further ado here is the way to make –

Little Tracey’s Loose Meat Sandwich

Makes 5 Servings


  • 1 lb 99% fat-free ground turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 french bread sandwich rolls
  • 5 slices provolone cheese
  • 25 slices pickled jalapenos
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 5 tbsp mustard
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray

Items needed:

  • stove or toaster oven
  • saute pan
  • baking sheet
  • spoon
  • knife

To start, you will need a skillet large enough to hold 1 lb. of ground meat. Add 5 squirts of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray to the pan. Add ground turkey, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt to the pan. Cook the ground turkey, using a spoon to break it up into small pieces and mix in the spices:

Arrange 5 sandwich rolls on baking sheet. Add 5 squirts of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray to the inside of each roll. Place the baking sheet and rolls into oven or use a toaster oven like I did.

Let them toast for about 3 minutes or until browned and slightly crispy (like the picture below):

Use knife to spread a tablespoon of your favorite mustard (I used Bone Suckin’ Mustard) on inside of each toasted roll. Than add 1/2 cup of cooked meat:

Top with a slice of provolone cheese and put the baking sheet back in stove or toaster oven to broil on 500 degrees for about 1 minute:

Remove from oven once cheese is melted, add 1/4 cup shredded lettuce and 5 slices of pickled jalapenos, squeeze the sandwich closed…

And chow down!!!

This sandwich was D-licious and filling!

I could almost imagine my 9 year old self sitting in that tiny little restaurant in small town Nebraska enjoying my vacation treat.

It also doesn’t hurt that it was incredibly easy to make and I was able to make it healthier. Plus, my husband enjoyed it just as much as I did 😀

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