I love sandwiches, not just a little bit, but a whole lot. My all time favorite sandwich is from the restaurant Earls. Seeing as I live a good half hour to any restaurant, and sometimes with little kids it can be hard to find a babysitter to go out to eat, so what better way to feed into a craving (ah see what I did FEED into a craving... no? haha) then to make it yourself. I love trying to recreate some of my favorite dishes, it gives me this little thrill like I found out their secret! Then I like to tweak it a bit so that it caters to my liking, like more cheese, because you can't get enough cheese.
So here is my take on their chicken, apple, brie, fig, spinach sandwich. I use pear because I like the taste better although apple is really good too just pick either a green apple or Fuji apple and saute it a bit to soften it.
2 Large Slices of Double Cream Brie
2 Cups of Spinach
1/2 Cup of Mayo
1 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
1 Ripe Pear (Or an apple like I described in the beginning)
2 Ciabatta Buns
1-2 Chicken Breasts
1-2 Tablespoons of a Fig Balsamic Reduction or Fig Jam/chutney
salt and pepper
Mix the mayo and garlic powder in a small dish and place in in the fridge so the flavors can meld together. If you want a bit more garlic flavor add more and place back in the fridge.
Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken on the barbecue till it has nice grill marks and is cooked through, if it is the middle of winter or you do not have a barbecue then you can cook the chicken in a frying pan with a bit of oil.
Slice your ciabatta buns so that they open up, spread the mayo on each open side. Add about 1 tablespoon of the fig balsamic reduction, or jam/chutney (if you like more again add more, I tend to add more because I like the flavor), cut the brie into two large strips and then cut the strips in half.
Layer the cheese on the bottom portion of the bun, slice the chicken into thinner slices and while hot layer it on top of the brie cheese.
Slice up the pear and place on top of the chicken, then place the spinach on top of the pears, place the top of the bun on top and try not to get messy while eating it!
This is such a juicy sandwich the has such subtle yet amazing flavors. The brie cheese mixed with the fresh pears is a classic combo mixed with the tang of the fig balsamic reduction and the garlic mayo just pulls it all together. I am honestly so messy by the time I am done eating it. But it is so worth it just for those flavors, plus I have tons of brie in my fridge that I can eat with crackers and hot pepper jelly! Mmmm maybe that should be another sandwich I should experiment with! Until next time!
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