Monday, April 4, 2011

Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich

Ross: What is Joey's favorite food
Monica: Sandwiches! 
Ross: Correct.
-Friends, Season 4 

Joey Tribbiani was no dummy! True, he wasn't the sharpest tool in the drawer but the boy did know his food.  He loved sandwiches and I do too! This is my twist on a chicken salad sandwich.

We all know how much I love Basil right?  Well, with Basil comes Pesto.  I remember the 1st time I ever tried Pesto. My Nana put all the ingredients in the food processor and a few seconds later she had Pesto. Since I didn't have the extraordinary palate I have now, I didn't love it.  ;)

You would think that I would remember the first time I discovered my appreciation for Pesto but I don't.  What's important is that I love it now and It's hard not to love. Basil, Garlic, Parmesan cheese, Olive Oil & Pine Nuts? Come on, what's not to love?

I've added my pesto recipe and the recipe for the sandwich below. If you like chicken salad and you like Pesto you are going to be a fan of this sandwich!

Makes approx. 3 C. 
2 C. Basil 
1/2 C. Pine Nuts
3/4 C. Parmesan Cheese, grated
5-6 Cloves of Garlic
2/3 C. Olive Oil

Give the Basil leaves (discard the stems) a quick rinse and make sure the leaves are dry before adding them to the food processor.

Add the basil, pine nuts, cheese and garlic to the food processor and pulse until all the ingredients have been coarsely chopped.  Add the Olive oil and pulse until smooth.

Store the pesto in a jar or airtight container.  Be sure add a thin layer of Olive oil on top of the pesto to ensure it won't dry up.

Oh sweet Pesto, how do I love thee.....
Yummy!  Let's make some Chicken Salad!

Pesto Chicken Salad
Makes 2 Sandwiches
3 Tbsp. Pesto
1 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
1 C. Chicken, chopped or shredded
1/3 C. Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
1 Tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/3. C. Buffalo Mozzarella, cubed
1 Tbsp. Pine Nuts
Bread or Roll
1-2 Tbsp. Italian Salad Dressing (Optional)

Mix Pesto and Mayo together.  Add the chicken and toss until it is covered with the pesto/mayo mix.  Add Pine nuts & Italian seasoning, toss.  Finally, fold in the mozzarella & tomatoes.

Toast up some Pine Nuts.  Toasting will bring out all the Pine Nutty goodness. Toss the Pine Nuts in a frying pan and spray with a little cooking spray.  Toast until golden.  This will only take a few minutes so keep an eye out.
 Sandwich time!
 If you don't like pine nuts you can certainly omit them, but I think they really add some great flavor to the sandwich.
Brush a thin layer of Italian salad dressing on each slice of bread and lightly broil for a crispy, crunchy sandwich.  This is optional but it is delicious. 
 The Finished product!  My new favorite sandwich!



joeflats said...

ummm- looks delish! :-)

Jim said...

your right joey tribbiani would love this sanwich just like i do WOW it's good

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