June 14, 2010

Tuesdays At The Table - Chicken Caprese Sandwiches

Happy Tuesday, ladies!  After my long weekend - it was awfully hard motivating myself to return to work Monday morning.  I wish I could tell you I did lots of fun and exciting things over my long weekend.  Unfortunately - that's not the case this time.  Instead, I spent quality time with my mom, aunts and grandmother. It was my grandmother's turn to be in the hospital (AGAIN, poor thing!!).  Four days, two hospitals and a pacemaker later...things are looking up!


Caprese salad is one of my favorite, but the sandwich version is pretty darn yummy too.

Lovely Yellow Ribbons

Chicken Caprese Sandwiches
2 small ciabatta loaves, cut in the middle
2 chicken breasts (cooked)
2 fresh mozzarella balls
2 Roma (plum) tomatoes
Handful of fresh basil leaves
Olive oil

Cut your ciabatta in half; slice your mozzarella, chicken & tomatoes.  On both sides of your ciabatta bread, give a very light drizzle of olive oil.  Lay down a layer of fresh basil leaves, then tomatoes - followed by the chicken and finally your mozzarella.

Now that you have the base recipe, I have a few improvements for you:
1. Toast your ciabatta, then rub a garlic clove over the inside.  Very tasty!
2.  Assemble as normal and pull out your panini maker...or a skillet and foil wrapped brick. Toasty goodness!
3. Forgo the basil on the sandwich and use a quick pesto instead.  Recipe below.

Pesto
2 cups lightly packed fresh basil
2 to 3 cloves garlic
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup olive oil

Dump into the food processor and whir until all ingredients come together.  Remember - this should be a bit on the chunky side...not emulsified!

What's cooking in your kitchen?


31 comments:

  1. I might try that for the boy, I think he'd like it.

    I'm sorry to hear about your Gma, but I'm happy to hear things are looking up. :)

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  2. Sounds yummy! I love pesto!!

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  3. How funny! We both had a similar recipe today! Except I had store bought pesto - I will try your recipe next time! Thanks for hosting!

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  4. This looks wonderful! I've never tried caprese on ciabatta before. Great idea.

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  5. Sounds like a really good sandwich!

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  6. This sounds like an awesome sandwich, especially with the pesto. Thanks!

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  7. Hope your grandma is doing better.

    Thank you so much for hosting this each week!

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  8. Thank you for hosting Tuesdays at the Table! :-)

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  9. That sounds perfect! Adding it to my list! Thanks for hosting!
    Mickey

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  10. This sounds DELICOUS! The perfect meal for hot summer evenings!

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  11. I just discovered your blog and I'm so excited about it. This looks like a great carnival you have going on and I can't wait to check out the other links.
    I love your sandwich recipe - it sounds so yummy and refreshing!
    I just added my link for Stuffed Bell Peppers - I am also hosting a new blog hop called Two for Tuesdays and I'd love it if you would join us!

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  12. Sounds delicious and I have been wanting to make some pesto. Thanks!!

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  13. Glad to hear your Grandma is doing better! Your recipe sounds really delicious. Thank you for hosting.

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  14. I think I will be making this recipe. It sounds awesome!!

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  15. This looks so delicious. I love all things caprese! Hope grandma continues to improve!!

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  16. Thanks for hosting. I love looking at all these recipes. I figure that if I can't find something there for dinner, then something's wrong! :-)

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  17. This is my first time joining Tuesdays at the Table. I love Caprese...your sandwich sounds yummy. I posted Herb-Infused Olive Oil, which makes salad delicious and adds great flavor to pizza dough!

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  18. Oh I love chicken sandwiches! This is going to be my dinner tonight!

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  19. Caprese anything is dee-lish!

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  20. I am new--thanks for hosting. :)

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  21. Hi :-}
    The sandwich sounds both easy and delicious - a double winner!!! ;-)

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  22. Thanks for the opportuntiy to link up my 5 ingredient 1 dish Asian noodle recipe with you.
    Nancy
    http://www.howtohomemaker.com/

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  23. That recipe just says "summer" to me. Yum! can't wait to try it!

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  24. You certainly made a tasty dish.

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  25. That caprese sandwich sounds amazing! I love caprese salads so of course I'd love this too!

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  26. I've never heard of caprese before...where have I been? It sounds wonderful!

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  27. Oh, that looks SO good! I'm bookmarking this one!

    Thanks for hosting.

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  28. Caprese is the best!!!! Yum. Cute blog.

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