Wednesday Food: I'm Working For The Weekend!

That's right, working for the whole weekend.  Which means that Eric was left to his own devices for making dinner this week.  I left that morning, and what he made was going to be a complete surprise.  I tossed a few suggestions his way, but he ended up making something he hasn't in awhile.

Eric LOVES big, sloppy, "eat it with a fork" style sandwiches.  He's one of those kinds of guy that likes smashing it all the ingredients together and tries his best to keep it all in between the pieces of bread.  They are fun to make, and you definitely have a good time eating them, just please - remember the napkins! 

He went with an Italian theme; filled them with chicken, mozzarella, basil, pepperoni, red pepper bruschetta, caramelized onions and portabello mushrooms.  So many components working together to make a harmoniously, delicious sandwich!  You have sweetness with the caramelized onions & red peppers, while the pepperoni offers a smoky taste.  The basil adds alittle freshness, while the mozzarella adds a rich and creamy aspect!

Eric's Big Italian Sandwich (4 sandwiches)

about 1 lb. of chicken breast, cut into strips (think chicken fingers)
3 portabello mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, sliced
1 bunch of fresh basil, roughly chopped
6 slices of pepperoni
Red Pepper Bruschetta (use a store made product, like Eric did or you can use roasted red peppers)
fresh mozzarella, sliced
4 Ciabatta Rolls, sliced in half

1) Eric made everything and then put it all together.  So start off with cooking the chicken breast till brown and cooked all through out.  Set aside.

2) Next, cut the portabello mushrooms in half and saute them with the garlic.  Cook the mushrooms till they are soft and browned.  Set aside.

3) Take your sliced onions and saute them till they are soft translucent and browned.  This can take alittle while and it is best not to keep stirring them constantly.  Let them caramelize and stir every five minutes or so.  When they are done, set aside.

4) Slice the mozzarella and rough chop the stem.

 5) Now you've got all your components, you just have to put it all together.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves...

Start with the bruschetta and chicken
Next, the basil and pepperoni

On to the caramelized onions and portabello mushrooms
Add the slices of the mozzarella

And smash it all together!
 Seriously, don't forget your fork and napkin!  I hope Eric will make some more of his delicious sandwiches - We'll soon find out!

See you next time...Remember when the kitchen gets too hot, get back in there and keep cooking!


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