Monday, November 15, 2010

Californian Grilled Sandwich, Purple Potato Salad and Wax Bean Salad

This is a great grilled sandwich!  Grilled sandwiches like this Californian were very popular 25 years ago.  The basic flavors of California make this grilled sandwich great!
     Recipe:  Saute a butterfly cut chicken breast with a couple pats of unsalted butter in a saute pan over medium heat. 
     Season the chicken with sea salt and black pepper. 
     Slice the chicken into thin strips. 
     Brush one side of two pieces of bread with melted unsalted butter.  (Rye or whole wheat are good for this sandwich but sourdough bread is a better choice.) 
     Place sliced jack cheese on the bread. 
     Set the bread slices with the cheese on a medium hot griddle. 
     Place the chicken strips on one of the slices of bread. 
     Place a few thin slices of tomato on the chicken. 
     Set a few thin slices of avocado on the tomato slices. 
     Place some broccoli sprouts on the other piece of bread. 
     When the bread is toasted and the cheese has melted, set the broccoli sprout half of the sandwich on top of the other half of the sandwich. 
     Place the sandwich on a cutting board. 
     Cut the sandwich in half and set the two halves on a plate. 
     Use a ring mold to set some purple potato salad on the plate. 
     Set some wax bean salad on the plate. 
     Garnish with a dill pickle spear.
     Purple Potato Salad Recipe:  Boil some purple potatoes in water till they are fully cooked but not mushy. 
     Cool the potatoes under cold running water. 
     Peel the potatoes.  (Purple potatoes are thin skin potatoes.  After they are cooked, it is easy to peel them by dragging the back of a paring knife over the skin.) 
     Chop the potatoes into large diced pieces. 
     Set the potatoes in a mixing bowl. 
     Add a dollop of mayonnaise.
     Add a small dab of Dijon Mustard.
     Add a small dab of sweet pickle relish.
     Add a little bit of chopped green onion.
     Add a little bit of chopped bermuda onion.
     Add sea salt and black pepper. 
     Mix the ingredients together and chill.
     Wax Bean Salad Recipe:  Steam or boil some wax beans till they are cooked al dente. 
     Cool the wax beans under running cold water. 
     Trim the ends and slice the beans into bite size pieces. 
     Place the wax beans pieces into a mixing bowl. 
     Add a little bit of chopped red bell pepper.
     Add a little bit of chopped bermuda onion.
     Add a small splash of  virgin olive oil.
     Add a small splash of red wine vinegar.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add a pinch of oregano. 
     Toss the ingredients together and chill before serving.
     The flavor of the Californian sandwich is very garden fresh!  The purple potato salad adds pretty color to this plate.  Wax bean salad is a classic picnic style salad accompaniment.  If you find that a plain grilled cheese sandwich is getting to be boring, this Californian grilled sandwich will liven things up a bit.  Yummy! ...  Shawna

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