Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sicilian Roast Chicken Caponata Leftover Sandwiches

Sicilian Roast Chicken Caponata leftover sandwich with Swiss cheese on toasted sourdough

Dinner tonight was supposed to be a beef stew (soon to be posted). While that took so much longer to stew than anticipated, Rodney and I were starving. I cooked up some sandwiches made up of what was left from that chicken dinner last night. And I have to admit, they were completely slammin'. I mean, so friggin' good, that I'd consider making that chicken just to have the sandwiches again!

This is what you'll need:

  • sourdough bread slices
  • Swiss cheese, sliced
  • butter
  • Sicilian Roast Chicken Caponata leftovers, chicken removed from bone and shredded
  • olive oil
  • mayo
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • olives, sliced
Since Rodney was dead set against having any "pea" laden vegetables, I made his sandwich first so as not to contaminate the skillet I reheated the chicken in.

Rodney's sandwich:
Butter two slices of bread on one side each, place a slice of Swiss on one slice and grill in hot skillet. Remove bread from skillet once browned and cheese is slightly melted.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes until heated through, tossing occasionally.

Place hot shredded chicken on Swiss side of bread. Spread mayo on other slice; top with tomatoes and olives. Flip one slice onto the other and eat.

Rodney was gnashing on his sandwich while I made mine.

The Cook's sandwich:
Toast bread as above. Meanwhile, heat chicken and roast vegetables in hot skillet over medium-high heat, tossing occasionally.

Place chicken mixture on Swiss-topped bread slice. Place the other slice on top.

Return sandwich to hot skillet. Place the other skillet on it and press down while cooking an additional 30-60 seconds to flatten sandwich.

Cut sandwich in half and chow.

Mmm. Great sandwiches!

I'll say Rodney's sandwich cost $1 to make as he had Swiss, mayo, tomatoes and olives on it. Mine was probably $0.50, which counts bread and Swiss.


Analyze A said...

I love how often you make tacos or sandwiches with leftovers! It really ties in perfectly with your goal to waste less food! My husband and I like leftovers, but I will remember this tip for any friends that don't. PS All of your food looks great and I am loving reading through your blog today... We're on vacation :)

The Cook said...

Tacos and sandwiches are almost an obscenely easy way to remake leftovers. It's really cool how well they usually turn out. I distinctly remember how much I liked this sandwich even years later. Maybe it's time I make that chicken recipe again!

The Cook said...

Almost forgot - enjoy your vacation!

Analyze A said...

That is so cool! And thank you!!

Analyze A said...

I just thought of you and leftover sandwiches when reading this: http://katecooksthebooks.com/ad-hoc-at-home-braised-oxtail-and-mushroom-tartine/

Kate thought that it would be a great idea to use up leftover meat, which made me think of making different flavored crostini with leftover meats. Or a larger open faced sandwich. I'm not sure if it's your cup of tea, but thought I'd share :)