Caesar Salad Club Sandwich


You didn’t think I meant the “clubs” did you?  The ones with D.J.’s, flashing laser lights and lots of sweaty, pasty people thumping around to mindless-techno beats?  No, no, no, no, no.

However, you know what’s the best part about those clubs?  I no longer have to pretend I like them! 

At thirty-six years old, I’m sure I would be considered ancient by the indigenous club crowd.  It would not be a good match.  I would hate it.  They would hate me.  And I no longer have patience for the type of strange and odd behavior that seems to proliferate at those places. 

So in my life I’ve moved on to other kinds of clubs….club sandwiches that is.  You guessed it.

I thought I tasted every possible combination of club sandwich out there until I came upon this one.  “OH MA GAWD” is all I can say.  This is one of those, died and gone to heaven concoctions.  Every bite, a party in your mouth.  The flavors…the flavors….the flavors…are mind woggling-toggling-and-boggling all in one.  You’ll see.

It’s known as the Caesar Salad Club Sandwich and it’s, by far, the most superior sandwich I have ever tasted.  Can a sandwich be superior?  Anyway, I lu-huve it!

Shall we make it before I go into club withdrawal?  I thought you would say yes.


You would never find any of this stuff at “the club”…unless it’s a warehouse grocery club of course:  Roasted chicken breast, pancetta, garlic cloves, flat-leaf parsley, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, fresh lemon juice, mayonnaise, ciabatta bread, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place 4 ounces of pancetta in a single layer on a sheet pan.  Roast for 15 minutes, until crispy.  During the last seven minutes of cooking, halve the ciabatta bread and add it to the oven for toasting.

While the pancetta is cooking, we can make the Caesar salad spread.  To the bowl of a food processor add 2 cloves of coarsely chopped garlic, 2 Tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, 1-1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1-1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup mayonnaise.  Process until smooth.

Spread the mixture onto your toasted ciabatta bread.  Use all of it.  The toasted bread will absorb it and not leave it soggy.  This spread tasted just like Caesar dressing.  It’s addicting.

On one side of the ciabatta add about 2 ounces arugula.  On top of the arugula add the crispy pancetta.  I can’t even tell you how good this is.

 

Now add about 12 sun-dried tomatoes on top of the pancetta.  It’s ridiculous, I know.

Now for the roast chicken breast.  You can roast your own or use pre-bought roasted chicken like I did.  It is just too hot to roast a chicken for an hour and a half right now.

So, on top of the sun-dried tomatoes layer the roasted chicken breast and top with shaved Parmesan.  I made these shavings with my potato peeler…you can too.


Finish with another layer of arugula.

I can only tell you this sandwich ROCKS!  It may not look like much but it has tons and tons of flavor that all go together well.

Perfect for picnics too.  It won’t get soggy!  You’ll love it.  I know I said that like a ba-zillion times but you will really love it.

Caesar Salad Club Sandwich
adapted from Ina Garten

Meat from 2 roasted chicken breasts, sliced
4 ounces pancetta
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley
1-1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1-1/2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 large ciabatta bread
2 ounces baby arugula
12 sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
2 to 3 ounces Parmesan, shaved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the pancetta on a sheet pan in a single layer.  Roast for 15 minutes until crispy.  When seven minutes are left add the halved ciabatta bread on another sheet pan and toast it cut side up.

To the bowl of a food processor add garlic, parsley, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and mayonnaise.  Process until smooth.  (Refrigerate if not using right away.)

Spread the cut sides of the bread with Caesar dressing.  Place half the arugula on the bottom piece of bread and then layer in order: the pancetta, sun-dried tomatoes, sliced roast chicken, Parmesan and the rest of the arugula.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper if you like.  Place the top slice of ciabatta on top and cut crosswise.

Go forth and enjoy!

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69 Comments

  1. Philly 1

    All of my favorites things between 2 slices of that heavenely looking piece of bread!! You always make me hungry early in the morning.

    #1

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  2. HoneyB 2

    When can I come to your house for dinner??!! OMG this looks good. I want some right now!

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  3. Big time yummmers!!!

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  4. Jill 4

    I wasn’t too thrilled with the asparagus, or the zucchini, they looked good, but were vegetables after all, and I come here to DROOL!!!! I knew you’d come back with a bang for me. And you did. I am dying to eat that club right NOW!!!

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  5. This looks great! Once again you out did yourself!!

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  6. YUMMY, AS USUAL!!! Thanks for sharing! I sent your site to my daughter for her to see your beautiful work, too.

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  7. I’m drooling on my keyboard even as we speak.

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  8. What’s with the slicing? You don’t actually SHARE that do you?

    And I’ve always said, why go to a party when you can just have one in your mouth. So much easier.

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  9. I love all things Ina Garten and totally missed this recipe of hers. It looks simply divine!

    Sometime I’d love it if you could tell me (and all of the NP community)why there are huge differences in price and taste in wines that come from the same variety of grapes. Or maybe they aren’t the same variety of grapes… I think I read somewhere that the years weather has something to do with the wine produced – and why, for example, a cab from the same vineyard will be different prices for different years.

    I’ll stop there, beginning to ramble on and on.

    Have a perfection Sunday, Cathy!

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  10. Yum. Yum. Yum.

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  11. Looks delicious! Those pancetta shots are making me drool. This reminds me of the amazing Italian sandwiches they have at Alidoro in SoHo.

    As for the Painted Lady, it’s probably still worth a go as it’s relatively inexpensive and I think it’s one of the better restaurants in that area. And like i said, the appetizer and dessert were actually pretty good.

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  12. That looks absolutely divine.

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  13. Alisa 13

    Mouth watering. Mine’s on the way in the mail right? No? Ok, I’ll have to make my own. That looks AMAZING. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Amanda 14

    that looks so flippin good. I love a great sando.

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  15. Lori 15

    The pictures weren’t showing my my aggregator, but I knew they were there… and when I opened the post THE FIRST THING YOU THROW AT US IS THAT BREAD????!!! OH my god. That is just too too good for words. Now I must have that bread and that sandwich. That looks amazingly satisfying.

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  16. The entire thing looks and sounds wonderful, but especially the Ceasar spread!

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  17. Tammy 17

    This just looks sooooooooo good. I can’t even find Pancetta in Oklahoma. Ya think bacon would work in a pinch?

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  18. Indigo 18

    I have to admit something; when I saw the word ‘clubbing’ I didn’t think of disco-rave-clubs. I thought of beating people over the head with wooden/stone Flintstone-style clubs. I then stared (admittedly, somewhat hungrily) at the sandwich in the photo, trying to work out how I would beat someone with it.

    Happily I realised my mistake in time, or someone would be pressing charges.

    Even if I was supposed to beat someone with it, I don’t know if I could bring myself to. This looks SO good. ALTHOUGH that is the perfect crime; eating the murder weapon means no evidence.

    I don’t know if I’ll be locked up if I post this comment now.

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  19. Lovely! Really lovely!

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  20. Love all those zesty flavors!! This one’s a keeper for sure!

    Funny you should mention feeling a little past your clubbing years! I just found myself rocking out to the hip hop music channel on cable, which proved to be rather entertaining to my 7-month old. Yes, I believe my life has entered a new phase as well :-)

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  21. sharon 21

    You picked yourself up some amazing looking bread!! That sandwich is drool worthy for sure. Gosh, I find myself drooling at my computer screen way too much these days…

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  22. Erinn 22

    I literally clicked on your sight, saw that picture and groaned out load! OMG that looks sooooo good. The pancetta is gorgeous, the bread? Amazing. I could go on…yummy!

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  23. Lore 23

    Let’s just say if someone asked me what I would like for my last meal this would be it! I’ll just ask for baby spinach instead of arugula. I LOOVE it! Ciabatta is THE bread for this sandwich.

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  24. ALF 24

    Sandwiches are my favorite food ever, I think. This one looks delicious. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. My husband just saw this and is insisting that I make it ASAP!! It looks incredible!!

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  26. pam 26

    Oh my gosh! Just look at that bread!

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  27. Tipper 27

    Looks better than any old club I’ve ever been too. Tasty!

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  28. my mouth is watering……thanks for leaving me starving like a marvin.

    peace
    #2

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  29. MsMVNJ 29

    Oh.My.God. The king of all sandwiches…

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  30. melissa 30

    Beeeyuuutiful. Sandwiches are so one of my favorite things on earth. Great combo of flavors you put together there!

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  31. Kevin 31

    Now that is what I call a sandwich! That caesar salad spread sounds like a tasty spread for sandwiches.

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  32. Wow! Now that is beautiful. Did you send some my way? 😉 Another great recipe…

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  33. Lo 33

    Please do not tempt me with your delicious looking sandwich anymore!! :)

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  34. Oh, my God! Even I could make this heavenly-sounding sandwich. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  35. I haven’t had a really good club sandwich in I don’t know how long. This one looks stunning and is soooo making me crave a late-night snack right now!

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  36. giz 36

    All I can say is oy double vey. I’m so trying to diet and then I find this – oy double vey

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  37. Paula 37

    Wow-za-weeze! That is one awesome looking sandwich!

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  38. Flea 38

    Oh my word! You, madame, are the queen of phenomenal recipes. This one is begging to be tried. When life slows down to normal. :)

    My husband is a huge fan of the roasted chicken, but usually from our own roaster. I think I’m going to take the roaster outside this week and try the outlet on the back porch. Worth a shot. Especially after my dogs recently ate one of my roasters. Grr.

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  39. Ok ok…you convinced me.

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  40. Cass 40

    This just made the top spot in the – BRING THIS TO THE HOSPITAL THE MOMENT THIS CHILD IS OUT OF ME list.

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  41. Egghead 41

    Oh my word! That is one mean looking sandwich. I look forward to trying this even though I shouldn’t.

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  42. I want to come over for lunch. Maybe breakfast and dinner too. I know the wine is fantastic.

    Noble Pig Bed & Breakfast? Sign me up. Forever.

    :)

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  43. Deborah 43

    Oh, yum!! I’ve gotta try this one out!!

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  44. That looks like it might be the perfect sandwich. If only I could find a restaurant that would make it for me!

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  45. I’m salivating – seriously, Cathy. I know that’s not very polite, but I cannot help it! What a fantastic sandwich! Those slices of pancetta are killing me here. :)

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  46. grace 46

    i’m not much for the club scene (probably because there isn’t one within an hour of me), but i’m very much for club sammiches. you made a honker of a sammich and i’d one of my own right now. please.

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  47. WOW – that looks fabulous.

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  48. Daziano 48

    God!!! Your panino is perfect, I especially like the spread, and the pancetta, the sun dried tomatoes, the chicken, the Parmigiano… well, everything!!!

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  49. My mouth is watering! Now I need to go get the ingredients……

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  50. Deb 50

    This looks fabulous! I am just used to Ceasar Salads!

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  51. These are GORGEOUS…can’t wait to get settled into my new home in Tejas and try these bad boys…thanks for sharing!

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  52. Holy smokes, and you TOTALLY included pancetta which I have been lobbying for amongst my girlfriends, you’d think they’re vegetarians or something (well a few are 😉

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  53. Elle 53

    Cathy! This looks amazing! I cannot WAIT to try it!

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  54. Holy Moly. That’s it.

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  55. mitchsmom 55

    I made this today – it was delish!
    Thanks!

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  56. lauren 56

    yummy !!!!! your food always looks fabulous !

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  57. beth 57

    Forget internet…… move to tv !! the noble pig should be fed on the food network !

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  58. angel balestier 58

    you better believe it I’m going to try this how can you miss

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  59. That is some “samwich” Cathy!!!!!!!!!!

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  60. dawn 60

    Hello! Now that’s a sandwich. ‘Nuff said.

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  61. Dragon 61

    You had me at the pancetta. Ina never fails, does she? Your sandwich looks amazing.

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  62. Beth 62

    I made this the other night and it was SOOOOOOOOOO good. All the flavors worked so well together and it was anything but bland… full of flavors.
    This will go in the recipe box. :)

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  63. brandon 63

    i would do horrible, deplorable acts for that sandwich.

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  64. Leila 64

    I just had a huge dinner but my mouth is absolutely salivating for this sandwich

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  65. Amy 65

    I made this tonight for my boyfriend and he said “that was the best sandwich I’ve ever had”, it was really unbelievably good. It tastes even better then the pictures look, if that’s possible. Definitely make this one.

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  66. Oh my goodness I have a rooster that looks almost like that! It’s on my kitchen counter.

    This is definitely my kind of club!

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  67. Wow, looks great! Can’t wait to try it.

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  68. KaylanS 68

    this BREAD looks amazing!!!!!!! such a beauty!!

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  69. Tracy Hays 69

    You have the BEST recipes! Thanks!

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