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the club.

A Club Sandwich is one of the most iconic sandwiches on any menu, anywhere! Layers of ham, bacon and turkey with juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce and cheddar cheese create the perfect bite! It is astonishing to me that I have gone thirty years of life without ever trying one, until a few weeks ago. We were out on the boat and came across this cute little restaurant on the water with a dock for you to park at and go in for lunch. I’m not really a sandwich lover but Tyson ordered the club and it looked so darn good I had to have a bite. Love at first bite.

club sandwich

Restaurants and diners of all shapes and sizes (and prices!), and country clubs, schools, resorts, even hospitals have some version of a club sandwich recipe on their menu! And who can blame them? It is delicious, and looks so yummy too!

What is a Club Sandwich?

Probably the most obvious sign that you’re getting a club sandwich is the unique way it is stacked with three layers of bread and then cut into quarters and secured with a toothpick.

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What are Club Sandwich Ingredients? The classic club sandwich has been around for generations because it is chock-full of the things we love best all served up on some soft sandwich bread. It’s almost like a BLT with ham and turkey!

  • Turkey
  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mayo

And of course you can make a chicken club sandwich with leftover baked chicken! And why stop at white bread? Try some sourdough, whole wheat or even rye. Make a fancy California club sandwich and use sliced avocados, fancy micro-greens and some stone ground mustard? I am learning that any way is the right way when it comes to this sandwich!

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Here is what you will need:

♥ 6 slices of bread – toasted and buttered

4 tablespoons of mayonnaise

4oz of sliced turkey

4oz of sliced ham

2 slices of cheddar cheese

4 slices of cooked bacon

1 sliced tomato

1/2 cup of lettuce – washed and chopped

Here is what you will need to do:

Arrange 2 sliced of bread on a cutting board and spread each slice with mayonnaise

Top with turkey, tomato sliced and cheddar cheese

Spread mayonnaise on 2 more slices of bread and place on top of the cheddar cheese

Top with ham, bacon and lettuce. Spread mayonnaise on the final 2 slices of bread and plate. Cut the sandwich into either halves or quarters and serve with a pickle. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Engagement Party Recipe Round Up: Caprese Salad Skewers

Welcome back loves!

As I promised on Tuesday, I am going to slowly but surely start sharing everything from our Engagement Party. Everything from the DIY decorations, the food recipes, the drink stations etc. I figured this morning I would kick it off with one of the biggest food hits from the party – Caprese Salad Skewers.

These took absolutely no time at all to assemble and I made about 80 of them. I actually assembled them the afternoon before with my sister-in-law to be and I kept them in an airtight container in the fridge. We kept some of the marinate oil from the cheese so we could drizzle them on top at the last minute as well as some fresh basil to sprinkle. These kept really well in the fridge and it was great to have one less thing to worry about the day of!

Ceprese Salad Skewers

I do wish I would have gotten some better pictures of the food set up before people arrived but in true Becca fashion- I was running around like a crazy woman trying to make everything as perfect as can be. One thought that I had when we were putting them together was that it would have been nice to add a basil leaf to the skewers but I was worried about it turning while being in the fridge overnight. Putting a skewer hole in it and having it next to oiled cheese may have been a recipe for disaster. I will make these again though for a party and will likely add the basil leaf since I won’t be doing them the day before. To make up for it, I sprinkled some basil on them before sending them out the kitchen door and onto the food table.

Here is what you will need:

Cherry tomatoes

♥ Mini Marinated Bocconcini or Mozzarella balls

♥ Fresh or dried basil

♥ Skewers

Here is what you will need to do:

There really is no right or wrong way to assemble these, go to town! I found that by putting the tomato on first it worked as a little barrier from any oil dripping from the cheese when someone goes to lift the skewer to their mouth but you can totally do cheese first if you prefer. The skewers that I used had enough room to do tomato, cheese, tomato and one last cheese but depending on the size you have, get creative! Again, because I did these in advance I reserved a bit of the marinate from the cheese and used it to drizzle on top once assembled and just before going out.

I arranged them in a shallow oval platter facing the center so the ends were easily picked up without touching the ones they didn’t want to grab.

You can also choose to drizzle a balsamic reduction on top of the skewers. I decided against this because I knew they would be served for a few hours and I didn’t want a hot and sticky balsamic reduction mess on my hands at the end of the day and I didn’t want the cheese to turn brown from coming into contact with the balsamic.

These were certainly a crowd favorite and all 80 of them were eaten in no time!

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XOXO.

B.

 

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Meal prep: one pan balsamic chicken and veggies.

Earlier this month I shared my meal prep plan and recipe for Turkey Taco Salad and keeping my promise to you, may I present: One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies.

Please, say hello to one of the EASIEST meals ever. This is perfect as a lunch or dinner making it the ideal meal prep recipe also. It’s low on prep time, has few ingredients, and is huge on flavor (while conveniently being super healthy)! There’s a 2-ingredient balsamic glaze which triples as first: a marinade, second: a sauce for cooking, and third: a dipping sauce. This is how I think every meal should be made. Whisk two ingredients together and use that base three times.

Then the veggies are like an empty-out-your-fridge kind of ordeal. Throw them all together on a pan, toss them with some olive oil , a little seasoning, roast them, and they too seep up some of that delicious balsamic glaze.

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Honestly the only tricky thing about this dish is the timing! I wish I could give an exact time, but all ovens are different and the sizes of your chicken tenderloins won’t necessarily be the same size as mine. We’ve made this dish probably 7 times now (new favorite!), and each time the chicken has cooked a little differently.

I’ve had the chicken cook all the way through in 7-10 minutes and another time it took about 14 minutes. With timing the chicken, you’ll want to time the veggies slightly different. The veggies need about 20-25 minutes to get well roasted. At 20-25 minutes cooking time for the veggies, the carrots will still have a slight crunch (we love that) while the broccoli and tomatoes are perfectly roasted! **If you don’t like your tomatoes ultra tender, throw them in after about 5-10 minutes.**

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If you have super small chicken breasts, I’d roast the veggies for 15 minutes, add the chicken and cook for another 7-10 minutes. Larger chicken breasts, roast the veggies for 10 minutes, add the chicken and cook for another 10-14 minutes. Just be prepared to check the chicken a few times (meat thermometer comes in handy here!) so you don’t overcook the chicken. No one likes dry chicken!

Here is what you will need:

6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup zesty Italian seasoning (I use a fat free version)

1.25 pounds of chicken breasts

2 heads of broccoli

1 cup of baby carrots

1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

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Here is what you will need to do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray (line with parchment paper if you baking sheet isn’t already nonstick or the balsamic + Italian mixture will stick to it) and set aside.

Whisk together the balsamic vinegar and zesty Italian seasoning.

Trim the chicken breasts of fat and undesired parts.

Place 1/3 cup of the balsamic and Italian mixture in a large resealable bag and add the chicken breasts. Coat and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 6 hours

Chop the broccoli into bite sized prices and the carrots in half before placing on the prepared baking sheet along with the cherry tomatoes. Cover with the Italian seasoning, olive oil and garlic (you can add salt and pepper if you’d like) Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes

Remove the pan and flip the veggies over. Place the chicken breasts in a cleared area in the middle of the veggies. Brush with 1/3 cup of the balsamic and Italian mixture over the chicken

Cook for another 7-15 minutes depending on the size of your chicken. Be careful to monitor your chicken so it doesn’t overcook.

** Serve with the remaining balsamic and Italian mixture. This is great over rice of quinoa

Portion these up into your meal prep containers and away you go! Use the left over sauce by packaging them into these little containers and you can dip away while you eat or apply to the meal.

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XOXO.

B.