It’s always interesting to me what tugs at me when it comes to food. I have my regular go to chef’s: Ina Garten and Sara Foster. I love them both with all my heart and they often answer the never ending question: ‘what should I make?’
Then there are my go to food blogs. Dinner: A Love Story speaks to me beautifully and portrays cooking with such comfort and ease that I can almost feel them holding my hand whenever I make something from their blog. Ezrapoundcake makes me laugh out loud and pushes me to try things outside my ‘Barefoot’ comfort zone. Pistachios in chocolate chip cookies? Well…why not? I read these two food blogs every. single. day. Often twice a day. And I get just a teensy tiny bit angry when they aren’t updated as often as I’d like.
Then there are moments when I am inspired to make something based on M’s reaction. You see, he doesn’t often eat something new. He would be content with grilled Italian sausage and wingless buffalo chicken pizza for the rest of his life. Easy to please? For sure. Dull at times? For sure. So, on the rare moment when he excitingly mentions something he has consumed (I tend to talk about every meal this way) or when he inhales something new because he actually LOVES it (I tend to eat every meal this way) it’s not optional to NOT recreate whatever caused such a buzz to begin with.
Take these flavorful sandwiches. M first sank his teeth into these at Frank’s Karma Cafe after a dreary and rainy attempt at golf. Homemade pesto and pulled chicken on toasted Italian bread – plus my twist on it: fresh summer tomatoes, large slices of shaved parmesan all drizzled with olive oil, beautiful! An easy on the eyes and stomach summer sandwich. Done.
‘One Inspired Sandwich’
Let’s keep this one casual!
If you want to make your own pesto,click here. If not, run to your favorite grocer and pick some up.
If you want to prepare your own chicken, follow the method under my chicken tostadas post. If not, buy some prepared chicken from the store.
Slice some crusty Italian bread thin and drizzle with olive oil and toast in the oven for a few minutes. Slather the bread with pesto, top with shredded chicken, thick sliced summer tomatoes and large slices of fresh parmesan. Another good drizzle of olive oil and you’re good to go.
Waiting on the verdict from M…
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Wow you’re right! That’s one beautiful sandwich! Looks delicious too.
I never thought I would think a sandwich is beautiful but you’re right, it is! Very easy on the eyes….just like you blog. Great job
I plan on making this tomorrow if I can hit up the farm stand. Summer tomatoes, as you call them, are the best.
This looks really good and perfect for a summer night of no hassle no cooking and it is pretty looking! Will probably try it tomorrow. Thank you
Made this and it was as good as it is pretty, warning, it is addicting, had it two days in a row and was craving it on the third day, thanks so much!