Monday, December 6, 2010

The CAR Sandwich

This sandwich is truly a master sandwich. It is my all-time-favourite-never-can-have-enough sandwich. The first time I made it, my bf acted like he died and went to heaven. Needless to say, it is frequently requested amongst all my friends.

What is CAR? Chicken-avocado-roasted red pepper. But there is also cheese and mayo. Should I have called it the CARMC? CCARM? RACCM? Well it doesn't matter what you call it when you gobble it all down.

This sandwich is kind of like a panini. But I do not have a panini press to properly grill the sandwich, so... I had to improvise. Read on for further instructions!

The CAR Sandwich

1 Chicken Breast
1/2 Avocado
1/2 Roasted Red Pepper
Cheese (cheddar or marble is what I use - and use as much or as little as you want)
1 Ciabatta Bun
2 Tbsp of Mayo
Hot Sauce or Cayanne (optional)
S & P for seasoning

Start off by seasoning your chicken breast with salt and pepper. Feel free to use other seasoning as you please. I usually slice the breast into strips for faster cooking. Throw it in a pan and cook until done.

In the meantime, slice open your ciabatta bun and lay flat. Scoop out the flesh from the avocado and mush it up in a bowl, (it makes it easier to spread). In another bowl, add some hot sauce to some mayo. This is optional, but even for me (someone who has zero tolerance for hot stuff), it adds a pleasant little zip. Avocado on one side of the bun, and mayo on the other side.

By this time, your chicken should be done, so load it on one side of the sandwich. Top with a roasted red pepper. You can use store-bought or make you own. Not sure how to roast a pepper? Check out some instructions here. Top with shredded cheese.

Okay, here comes the creative part. I mimic a panini press by heating up some oil in a frying pan and play the sandwich in the pan. Then I take another smaller pan and put it on top of the sandwich. THEN using a glass or a mug, I put it on top of the frying pan and press. This added weight to the sandwich will press it together to mimic a panini (you may never get your sandwich quite as flat as a real panini but it will be just as good). Another way to do it is to find a brick and wrap it in tin foil and use the weight of it to press the sandwich.  All you need is a hot pan and something to put weight on the sandwich. Sounds funny but once you try it, I bet you will be doing this little trick more often than you think.

Once the sandwich is golden brown on one side, flip and repeat until a nice crunchy crust is formed.

Crunch crunch crunch...Om nom nom...mmmmm

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