I created THE most delightful open faced hot sandwich last night!!
I was hankering for some bruschetta, but we don't really eat appetizers here and I couldn't actually feel good about just gobbling up absurd amounts and calling THAT dinner. So I thought, huh, need some more protein, why not add a bit of shredded chicken and make it like those hot hoagies?? Why not indeed??!?!
So that exactly what I did. Cooked some chicken in a sauce pan on the stove [I like the boiling thing because I can take the breast straight from the freezer and boil it up in about 25 minutes. I then have a sort of mild chicken broth at my disposal as well.]
I then diced up the tomatoes I had in the fridge and stirred that all together with my pesto basil/garlic goodness. Slathered it on some french bread and topped it with plenty o' Mozzerella cheese and baked it on a cookie sheet at 350 for about 15 minutes until the cheese was melted.
It was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!! My husband and I both stared at our plates forlornly when they were empty and yearned for more. Next time I'll know to make a larger portion.
Here's the recipe!!
Chicken Bruschetta Hot Hoagie
1 loaf french bread halved horizontally
2 or 3 chicken breasts cooked with your preferred method, then shredded when cooled [ about 2 cups worth]
6-8 Roma tomatoes, or 3 medium, or 2 large vine ripened--diced
3 TB Olive Oil
2 TB dried basil
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
dash black pepper to taste
1 TB Balsamic vinegar
2 TB chicken broth [ I used some of the water I'd cooked the chicken in]
1 TB grated Parmesan cheese
** I put all of this in a coffee cup and microwave it for 30 seconds to get the garlic and salt dissolved and activate the basil aroma. Stir it up to be sure the grainy stuff is actually dissolved.**
|Before the glorious cheese is added|