Friday, March 6, 2015

Utah State's Marv N' Joes

I originally published a version of this post in 2010, but it needed revisiting for all of the people who missed it! 

I have published a lot of recipes over the years, but none have inspired as much passion in the people who have found it than Marv N' Joes. In college, I worked in a little bakery on the Utah State Campus. My job pretty much consisted on spreading jam on bread and making Marv N' Joes. What's a Marv N' Joe? It is a little slice of heaven that you can only find in the land where the sage brush grows. The sandwich, invented by Marv and Joe, two engineering professors is light and delicious. I was lucky enough my freshman year to be taught how to make the sandwiches by Marv himself and it is still to this day one of my favorite treats.

You will need:

  • French Bread
  • Garlic Salt or Garlic Butter and Salt
  • Butter
  • Pepper
  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Provolone cheese slices
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Oil
  • Vinegar

Take a thick piece of french bread. Spread soft butter or garlic butter on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if you used plain butter instead of garlic butter, make sure to use garlic salt. Place 2-3 slices of tomato on top, just enough to cover the bread. Pour a small amount of olive oil and vinegar, a sprinkling of both is plenty. Top with a piece of provolone cheese and the Parmesan.

Toss the Marv N' Joes in your toaster oven or you broiler until the cheese is bubbly and starts to brown. The browning is very important. A perfect Marv N' Joe is browned around the edges and has a little crisp to it.

Every time I make a Marv N' Joe I am transported back to Logan and Utah State for just a minute. It is fun to enjoy my delicious memories of my Alma Mater every now an then.  Do you have any favorite treats from your college days?
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Masshole Mommy said...

Never heard of them, but they look good.

Julie is Coco and Cocoa said...

Yum! I never really made it up to Logan when we lived in Utah. But I think I'll have to try these at home!

Erica S ( said...

oh yum these look good! garlic butter on anything it good, especially with melty cheese :)

Heather Jones said...

It looks good!! I have never hear of Marv N Joes before. Kinda reminds me of a breakfast brushetta.

MikiHope said...

Those do sound delicious and easy to make a big plus in my book. What I remember most from when I first went to college in a small town in Wisconsin is their Chocolate Milk. Don't laugh--until then I did not even like milk---and honestly once I left I stopped drinking it again. It was so rich and creamy I would even drink it without the chocolate!

Crystal said...

It's amazing how smells and tastes can bring you back! I'm glad you were able to remember this recipe and share it with us.

Michelle Feliciano said...
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Michelle Feliciano said...

That looks really good. I love warm tomatoes so i have to try this.

Kandi said...

Oh yum! I love french bread! This looks like something my kids would love too.

mail4rosey said...

Hurrah or Marv and Joe. They do look tasty good to me.

Sandra Shaffer said...

Cheese and tomatoes are an excellent duo! What a fun memory to have from college. Yummy too!

Kung Phoo said...

Does look light, but really tasty... that's great for a snack!!

Laura O in AK said...

I've made something similar, but never had a name for it. Yours look great.

kristi dominguez said...

Oh, these sounds really tasty!! Yum.