This is a lovely recipe for either lunch or dinner, and something that will appeal to the whole family. Everyone knows and loves BLT sandwiches (bacon, lettuce and tomato, of course) and when you add delights such as chicken and avocado to the mix, along with mayonnaise, and a subtle smoky aroma from the barbeque, how can you end up with anything other than a fantastic meal you cannot wait to sink your teeth into? Cooking chicken breasts on the barbeque is something every barbeque aficionado does, but transforming them into this magical sandwich is a stroke of genius, because all the flavors are incredible together, and you will be so glad you chose to make this recipe. This is no ordinary chicken sandwich, because of the BLT appeal, but if you like chicken and you want a sandwich, this is perfect.
A standard BLT sandwich includes bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and bread, and the recipe evolved from pre-1900s tea sandwiches, which were similar to modern club sandwiches. Iceberg lettuce is a good choice because it adds crunch along with a subtle flavor, while beefsteak tomatoes have more flesh and fewer seeds, making those a good option for your sandwich. Choose plain mayonnaise or flavored mayonnaise, such as lemon mayo or even chili mayo if you want to add another flavor accent. Use any kind of bread you want, perhaps sourdough or Vienna bread, toasting it lightly before adding the fillings to prevent sogginess. It is believed the sandwich originated around the turn of the last century, and there was a recipe in the Good Housekeeping Everyday Cookbook in 1903 for it which included a slice of turkey along with the staple ingredients. This sandwich became even more popular after World War II when the ingredients were available all year round. BLT is the second most popular sandwich in the United States after ham sandwiches, and currently the most popular kind of sandwich in the UK.
Making the Perfect BLT
Follow our recipe to the letter if you want, or make any changes you prefer, depending on your own palate and what you prefer. Maybe you do not have any avocado, but this sandwich will be just as delicious without it (well, nearly!) or you might like to use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon, or use your favorite type of bread. Make any tweaks you want to get the perfect flavor and texture. Like most barbequed foods, these are best served hot or warm from the grill, but you might like to do some prep work in advance, such as pounding the chicken and cooking the bacon, or you could even marinate the chicken in lemon juice or vinaigrette for half an hour to give it more flavor. Serve the finished sandwich with fries or potato salad, or consider some other tasty sides such as marinated bell peppers or veggie kabobs. Continue reading
If you are in the mood for some kind of sandwich but you do not want anything heavy like a burger, what are the options? Well one very attractive idea is the humble grilled cheese sandwich, which is a real favorite in many households. In the following recipe, we take the classic recipe and tweak it to make a more substantial meal. Not only are we using bread and cheese to make this sandwich, but we are also adding chicken and more, so you can expect a more filling result. If you already have the barbeque fired up, why not cook your sandwiches on there instead of on the stove or under the broiler like you usually do? That way you can expect a wonderful smoky aroma to permeate the sandwich which adds even more to the appeal of such a snack.
This is a great way to use up leftover roasted chicken breast, or you could even use chicken thighs for a meatier, richer flavor. Just ensure your chicken is free from skin and bone, and shred it. You can shred cooked chicken using a pair of forks to pull the meat apart. We are adding mayonnaise for a rich flavor and to add moisture, along with green onion, mustard, garlic, lemon, and perhaps even some tarragon. These ingredients work in harmony to offer a wonderful flavor. You may use fresh instead of dried tarragon if you have it, or omit the mustard if you prefer not to use it. This recipe can also be made with leftover turkey instead of chicken if you would rather use that.
A Tasty Snack for Any Occasion
You can use your favorite cheese in these sandwiches, whether that is Swiss, American, cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, pepper jack, or another type. As long as it melts, it will work nicely in this dish. The neutral flavor of the chicken complements any kind of cheese, while the other flavors in the sandwich are also good regardless of which cheese you select to make your sandwiches. If you want to make a simplified child-friendly version, just use the chicken, mayo and cheese for a tasty result, or even use half mayo and half ketchup depending on what your child likes. Another option for a child-friendly version is to use the mayo with the chicken but then serve some ketchup as a dipping sauce instead, or even some tangy BBQ sauce as a dip. In fact, some of the grownups might rather enjoy that version as well, so offer it on the side. Continue reading
Rather than buying readymade burgers why not make your own? Making homemade burgers means you are not restricted to beef or pork either. In fact you can make chicken burgers or even these turkey burgers for a tasty treat, if you are in the mood for something different. The ground turkey is mixed with garlic, soy sauce, pepper and onion soup mix to infuse it with flavor. You can also add a lightly beaten egg if you want, or leave it out if you do not. This mixture should then be chilled in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until it is easier to shape into patties. Meanwhile you can get the barbeque hot and then shape the patties.
This recipe makes 6 patties, so feel free to halve it if there are only 3 of you or even double it if you are feeding a crowd. If you do have some patties left over you can always chop them and toss them with cooked pasta and your favorite pasta sauce the following day, so go ahead and make plenty of these delicious treats because you will be able to use up any leftovers. Once your patties are shaped and your barbeque is nice and hot, you are ready to start cooking these lovely turkey sandwiches.
How to Cook These Like a Pro
They will take about 20 minutes to cook, so give them 10 minutes on one side then flip them over and do the other side. The center of the burger needs to be whitish (no longer pink anyway) so you can see when the burgers are done. If you do not want to cut into one to check, use a meat thermometer and ensure the center is 165 degrees F. If so, these are cooked through. If not, give them a few more minutes then check again. Turkey is a lean protein, much like chicken, so take care not to overcook the burgers, else they will dry out and not be so good. Continue reading
This recipe shows you how to make a mouthwatering chicken sandwich. Not only do these feature juicy barbequed chicken, but also prosciutto, provolone cheese and basil, to add to the Italian flavor, plus a dressing to round it all off. These make a fantastic lunch or dinner, served with some chips on the side. Chicken sandwiches are something that pretty much every non-vegetarian enjoys, and chicken can be prepared in a multitude of ways. Italian style chicken is always special though. The chicken here is not marinated, like in some other recipes, so you will taste its natural flavor, as well as the other things in this tasty sandwich.
Tips for Juicy Chicken
You will need chicken breast halves to make this. Simply coat them in olive oil and then you can cook them for about 10 minutes per side on the barbeque or until the juices run clear when you pierce the thickest part. If you want it to cook quicker you can pound it more thinly. The thinner the chicken is the quicker it will cook, but you do not want it too thin because it will not look so good on the sandwich. Chicken breasts are very lean, so take care not to overcook them. There is no point cooking them further after the center of each one is white. As soon as that last trace of pinkness is gone from the center, the chicken is done, so take it off the barbeque.
Ciabatta and Provolone
The recipe calls for ciabatta buns but if you prefer you can use baguette bread or even regular burger buns. Something else you can change if you wish is the provolone cheese. Feel free to use mozzarella instead if you prefer. Provolone is a lovely cheese though. It is still made in Casilli, near Vesuvius, where it originated at the end of the 1800s, as well as other areas in Northern Italy, and you can get it in sausage, cone or pear shapes. Some kinds of provolone are smoked. This semi-hard cheese ranges in flavor from mild and nearly sweet to sharp and tangy. Provolone is love on pizzas and in sandwiches like the Philadelphia cheesesteak. It is also delicious in this chicken sandwich recipe. Continue reading
This recipe might sound simple but do not underestimate the flavor because this really is something special. You will need mild sausage links to make this dish, along with hot dog buns (or soft rolls if you prefer) but this is no ordinary hot dog recipe. Instead of serving fried onions on your sausage, you will be making a delicious tomato and onion condiment to go on the sausages, and the flavor of this is just heavenly with the sausages. Feel free to use white onion or sweet onion if you prefer, and use regular tomatoes if you cannot get the vine-ripened type.
The Marinated Tomato Topping
Tomatoes and onion are marinated in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, oregano, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil, to infuse these vegetables with a great Italian flavor. You do not need to time the marinating process. Simply combine these ingredients and add the tomatoes and onion and then get on with cooking the sausages. To serve, you will need split buns which you can toast on the cut side if you want. Add a cooked sausage to each bun and spoon the tasty tomato and onion mixture on top.
If you are serving these on plates with knives and forks, then add plenty of the juice from the tomato mixture because it has a wonderful flavor. If you are handing them out with napkins then you might want to limit the juice so nobody drips it over their clothing, but to be honest this is a bit of a messy dish to eat if you are having it without cutlery, so just enjoy it and don’t worry too much about that! You will be too busy enjoying the wonderful flavors anyway. Continue reading
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