I don’t really consider myself a sandwich person. I mean, it’s not that I don’t like sandwiches. Oh no, I like them just fine! What I guess I mean is that I just don’t ever really make sandwiches. I much prefer a Subway artist to do that for me if you know what I’m sayin’.
However, just a few months ago I was eating with a group of friends at a small sorta-local chain restaurant that serves soup and sandwiches. It was a nice little place, but I had never been before and had no idea what to order off of the menu. As I stood in line reading over the menu board, the word “pesto” caught my eye. I barely even read what else was on the sandwich, I just knew it had pesto on it and would therefore be in my belly. Stat.
I may not be a sandwich person, but I am absolutely a pesto person. I love pesto. Any time I see a new recipe that utilizes pesto, I jump right on it. My husband also loves it. We’re a dynamic pesto pair! (I kid, sort of..) So, naturally, I knew this was what I would be ordering.
Within a few minutes, my food was delivered to my table. As my friends were chatting away about the adventures of the day, I took my first bite and immediately felt like I had died and gone to Heaven. It’s like I was instantly sent to another world. I peeled back the bread to find thick cut chicken, beautifully sauteed peppers, gobs of delicious goat cheese, and a beautiful heap of pesto drizzled over everything.
Y’all. I’m not even exaggerating this – there was more sandwich than I could possibly have eaten, and I almost…ALMOST shed a tear at the thought that I had to throw the remainder of the sandwich away. (To-go boxes were not an option because I was going to be out and about the rest of the day. Trust me, I thought about that.)
I had never in my life fallen for a sandwich so hard and so fast. When I returned home, I knew this must be something I attempted to recreate. And you already know – that’s exactly what I did!
I’m sort of amazed at how such a simple little sandwich with just a few ingredients won me over so hard. Maybe it was it’s minimalistic charm? Let’s be real. It was the pesto. Regardless, it’s so darn delicious. I had great success recreating the recipe, so I knew it was something I had to share with all of you!
The steps to building this sandwich/work of art are so simple. You can print them out from the recipe widget below. Enjoy!
- 1 loaf fresh french bread (I used Pepperidge Farm)
- 1 small package goat cheese ( usually found in the specialty cheese section )
- 1 package of thick cut chicken (I used Oscar Mayer Carving Board brand)
- 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced
- 1 yellow pepper, seeded and sliced
- 2 tbs pesto
- 1tbs butter
- In a skillet, melt butter and lightly saute peppers. You want to make sure they still have a little crunch left to them when they are done.
- Cut french bread in half - or to the size you would like your sandwich to be.
- Spread goat cheese liberally onto bread.
- Place as much chicken as you'd like onto bread - topping with pesto and peppers.
- Toast sandwich open face in an oven heated to 350 F for 5 minutes.
What is your favorite thing to eat on a sandwich? Do you have a favorite food from a restaurant that you’ve successfully recreated? I’d love to hear about it!