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What’s spicier than Barry Burton’s jokes? A spicy sandwich inspired by his most famous Dad pun! Resident Evil 2 Remake encouraged me to remake one of my old recipes and this was the result!

A few years ago, long before Backlog Bistro was even born, I wrote a piece called the Jill Sandwich. Patrick, at the time was playing through the brand spanking new Resident Evil 2 remake and while I didn’t join in this time around, I very much enjoyed watching him play. So much so that I was inspired to make a small food post for our burgeoning blog. It was definitely a sound idea where I took the letters J-I-L-L and chose an ingredient with that letter to make, you guessed it, a Jill Sandwich! Get it? Get it? I don’t know where I come up with this stuff sometimes honestly. 

Let me start off by saying I have no idea where my brain was at when making this “recipe” but it did not turn out well! The idea was there, to be sure, but the ingredients I chose for the most part just didn’t work and I wonder why I even went through with the write up part. Who knows? Anyway, I decided that it was worth a revisit so here we are!

So, for the letters THIS time around I chose Jalapenos, Italian bread, Lentils, and Leeks. I get that the Italian bread is straight out of copout town, but ingredients that start with the letter “I” are few and far between unless I wanted to use ice cream, or iceberg lettuce. I’ve been to failure-land with this dang sandwich before and I will not return!!! So, yes, Italian bread! And in the end I didn’t even get to use Italian bread, but some random buns! With sesame seeds! I’m right there with you, believe me! But the Italian bread/buns I ordered were swapped in my grocery delivery and I wasn’t about to brave a trip to the store to get the real deal. That’s where your fancy gamer imaginations come in handy right? Just close your eyes and pretend they are buns fresh from the Italian bakery! I’m not a fraud I swear! Just someone not willing to venture out unnecessarily.

So, moving on, the whole Jill sandwich quote, gloriously and awkwardly spoken by the one and only Barry Burton, takes place in the first Resident Evil game. My photos have the Resident Evil 2 Remake game posed alongside my sandwich because that was the original context for my sandwich post from many moons ago. My first recipe attempt even had tofu in it since Tofu was an unlockable character in RE2R. I decided this time I would shurk my hunky slab of tofu while still keeping the end result vegetarian and unmistakably more tasty. Essentially, what I ended up with was a vegetarian sloppy joe which let me say right now amused me to no end. If Jill had gotten crushed by that trap she would have been one sloppy Jill sandwich! Right? Right? Barry Burton and I would get along great I just know it! Though, now that I think of it, she would be decidedly less vegetarian than this sandwich…

  • 2-5 jalapenos, sliced thin*
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 leek, sliced thin**
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of brown lentils***
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. Tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce****
  • 2 Tbsps. Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. Chili powder
  • 2 tsp. Yellow mustard
  • 8 soft buns (Italian or otherwise it doesn’t really matter *gasp*)

* You can use however many jalapenos you like, they are there for spice more than flavor. If you don’t want any spice at all you could throw in a diced green pepper instead.

**If you’ve never worked with leeks before the trick is to start chopping at the white part and discard the green part. Wash the pieces thoroughly as leeks are notoriously dirty.

***Wash your lentils and check for stones. If there’s anything worse than Barry Burton’s puns it’s broken teeth!

****I used vegetarian Worcestershire sauce but if you aren’t concerned with the veggie-ness of your food then the regular kind works just fine.

  1. Sauté the peppers and onions in a big pot until softened. Add in the garlic, broth, and lentils.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients (minus the buns duh!) and keep simmering for another 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft and the sauce is thickened.
  4. Spoon mixture into buns and top with mustard, pickles, cheese, or nothing at all.
  5. Enjoy!

Side note: You can also just toss everything right into your slow cooker as well if you so desire! Just make sure to up your broth to 3 cups instead of 2. Cook on High for 4-5 hours or Low for 8-10 hours. If it’s not thickening up then take the lid off for the last 30 minutes or so.

So, there you have it! Your very own Jill Sandwich! I hope you enjoy this warm and spicy homage to Barry Burton’s legendary quote, as well as, the fiery S.T.A.R.S. agent herself, Jill Valentine!