The Charles Barkley of (food) Dunking

I’ve never been much of a basketball player. It is not my favorite sport and my hand-eye coordination tends to favor the small movements of an on-screen move of a video game, rather than the ability to throw a spheroid through a ring at any kind of a distance. When I did play, I was better at defense. Growing up I was on the taller size for my age and I understood the defensive game much better. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t that great at defense, but those I guarded had a tendency to miss more shots than they typically did. Maybe I got inside their heads. One rather prolific basketball player I played against in pick-up games in college, nicknamed me “the aura” because his shots missed the mark.

As my vertical leap is somewhere about 1/2 inch, I could never dunk. Like many others, when I was in a pool that had a hoop or there was a kiddie hoop around, I’d become Michael Jordan, slamming them down. When I purchased my boys a trampoline, we would occasionally move it under the basketball hoop and we’d fly to the rim!

I was always a much better dunker of a different kind – food.

Dunking is the dipping of a baked item (often bread or cake) into a liquid that you also drink. Tea and biscuits. Coffee and doughnuts. Oreos and milk. I might not be the Michael Jordan of that type of dunking but I’m probably the Charles Barkely of it!

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This is technically a dip (not a dunk) as I am not planning on gulping down the au jus. It is very tasty though….

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So simple to make.

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Make the sandwiches.

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Wrap them and bake.

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Heating up the Au Jus.

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A fantastic combination of flavors. The turkey really works with the beef Au Jus and the bread gets crunchy in the oven.

Turkey French Dips

Makes: 4


  • 8 ounces cooked turkey slices
  • 4 long whole-grain rolls, 2 ounces each
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package au jus gravy mix


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut rolls lengthwise. Place two ounces of turkey and one-fourth of the mozzarella cheese on each roll. Wrap each roll in aluminum foil and heat in the oven for 10 minutes.
Prepare au jus according to package directions, or add more water to reduce the sodium content.
Slice each sandwich in half, diagonally. Serve each with 1/3 cup au jus. One serving is a good source of fiber. Serves: 4.


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Categories: Beef, Cheese2, Lunch3, Recipes, snack, Turkey

Author:The Ranting Chef

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3 Comments on “The Charles Barkley of (food) Dunking”

  1. September 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Ranting C., laughed by butt off at the title of your article. There is something wrong with you and I like it! lol

    Excellent job dude!

    That buff mozzarella smoked on homemade pizza is pure esctasy. Whole Foods wanted $9.99 for 1 ounce. You think their profit margin is a little high?

    Keep up the great work.

    Thank you.


  2. September 23, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    Amusing post – here’s to happy dunking!


  3. September 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    dunks and delicacies, love the combination.


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