Monday, May 14, 2012

Grilled Veggie and Chicken Sandwiches on Foccacia Bread

I love summer! Its the best time of the year! And grilling is one of the best ways to cook! I LOVE grilled veggies, and Nate loves grilled chicken (well, meat of any kind really!)

The easy part about this is, I just leave the chicken off of my sandwich, and I've still got a totally satisfying, healthy meal!








Here's what you need: (4 servings)


• 2 large chicken breasts
• 6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
• 1 tablespoon sour cream
• 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
• 2 zucchini
• 1/2 onion
• 4-5 large mushrooms
• 1 green bell pepper
• 2 Roma tomatoes
• 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 avocado
• 1 cup balsamic vinaigrette
• 1 foccacia bread - 10" x 10"
• 4 slices provolone cheese
• salt and pepper to taste


Start by butterflying 2 large chicken breast - marinade in the balsamic dressing. (or other, marinade) Even an hour is good, but over night is better.


Mix together the cream cheese, sour cream and pesto, you'll have enough for your bagel's in the morning!


Slice your vegetables - zucchini, onion, mushroom, and bell pepper - about a 1/2" thick. Toss it with the olive oil, salt and pepper.



Slice the tomato and mash the avocado, adding salt and pepper.







Grill the chicken and vegetables - this can be done on a broiler pan, but whats better than a BBQ?!?!


Look at those veggies! Charred, but not burnt... PERFECT!


Chicken...


Slice on the bias in 1/4" pieces.


Julian likes to steal zucchini...! (Who says kids don't like vegetables!)



Slice a foccacia loaf in half length wise, (today, we used a jalapeno foccacia, you can use whatever your local store has, or a good french bread,  a sourdough loaf or hogie roll would be great too!) spray it with a little cooking spray and grill it for a few minutes until golden brown. Quarter it for 4 sandwiches. Then, assemble!

Spread the cream cheese spread on one side, the avocado spread on the other. Top it with the chicken (if you're a carnivore!!) and the veggies, and press it together.


You can serve with a past a salad, potato salad, french fries, fruit... nothing... this sandwich is good all on its own!

This is a great dinner for the veg-head and the carnivore to collaborate on.
You can use any veggies you want, and any meat you want (Nate really likes steak, sliced thin, on this sandwich).

Keep the house cool by cooking outdoors, and enjoy this awesome summer meal, not to heavy, but filling none-the-less!


~Candy


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