Thursday, March 25, 2010

Caesar Club Sandwich

I’ve been really busy at work this week, so it was a relief to see such an easy recipe for this Barefoot Bloggers selection, chosen by Karen of Shortbread. McHubby loves chicken Caesar salads, so this dish was right up his alley. The flavors of the peppery arugula, salty pancetta, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, and garlicky Caesar dressing were perfect together. McHubby really enjoyed this one! While I thought the flavors of this dish married wonderfully, I don’t usually eat sandwiches and I don't care for mayonnaise, so unfortunately this recipe was only okay for my taste. I’ll stick with having it as a salad.

Source: Caesar Club Sandwich, Barefoot Contessa at Home

2 split (1 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
Good olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta
1 large garlic clove, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 ½ teaspoons anchovy paste
1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup good mayonnaise
1 large ciabatta bread
2 ounces baby arugula, washed and spun dry
12 sun-dried tomatoes, in oil
2 to 3 ounces Parmesan, shaved

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan skin side up. Rub the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until cooked through. Cool slightly, discard the skin and bones, and slice the meat thickly. Set aside.

Meanwhile, place the pancetta on another sheet pan in a single layer. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until crisp. Set aside to drain on paper towels.

Place the garlic and parsley in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until minced. Add the anchovy paste, mustard, lemon juice, and mayonnaise and process again to make a smooth dressing. (Refrigerate the Caesar dressing if not using it immediately.)

Slice the ciabatta in half horizontally and separate the top from the bottom. Toast the bread in the oven, cut side up, for 5 to 7 minutes; cool slightly. Spread the cut sides of each piece with the Caesar dressing. Place half the arugula on the bottom piece of bread and then layer in order: the sun-dried tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, crispy pancetta, and sliced chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and finish with another layer of arugula. Place the top slice of ciabatta on top and cut in thirds crosswise. Serve at room temperature.

1 comment:

  1. I'm happy that at least one of you could enjoy this. I'm like your hubby, these are some of my all-time favorite ingredients!