My Mother-in-Law tells my children that she’s 35. Once when my children asked how old I would be on my birthday and I told them, they said “Oh, you’ll be older than Granna!” Ummm, I don’t think so! I had to set them straight right away.
Having your turn come around to choose a recipe for everyone to make for the Barefoot Bloggers group is kind of like having a birthday. Having to choose from all those delicious-sounding Ina Garten recipes is like having to choose just one gift to ask for! After seeing this Caesar Club Sandwich, however, I really didn’t have to look much further. This recipe is full of all of my favorite things – roasted chicken, homemade caesar dressing, sun-dried tomatoes, pancetta, parmesan cheese, and arugula – piled high on crispy ciabatta bread. It sounded just perfect for the beginning of Spring.
And it was perfect. All the layers of flavor melded together to make one fabulous sandwich (anchovy paste and all). I even ate some of the leftovers the next day from the fridge, and they were still tasty. Perfect for a picnic or party, I know I will be making this again and again.
Caesar Club Sandwich
from 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 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
- 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 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.