A while ago, my best friend asked me what’s my favorite cheese. It took me a moment, but I answered Gouda. I absolutely love Gouda cheese. Especially smoked Gouda. It is just my favorite. It melts beautifully in cheese sauces, overtop pasta, and in a grilled cheese sandwich. BUT it also is hearty enough that it can stand up to an extremely flavorful piece of meat and veggies. So that’s what we’re doing with it today…putting it in a chicken and veg sandwich. This recipe, like the last (The Muenster Mash Burger…go check it out), has some prep involved with it, but it’s actually super quick and easy. Let’s get cooking!
You Will Need:
Chicken breast, butterflied (1 breast will make 2 sandwiches when butterflied)
Sandwich rolls (something like a French bread would be perfect)
1 large clove garlic, diced
Tomato, diced (you can probably get away with 1, but use as many as you’d like)
Red bell pepper, diced
Salt & Pepper to taste
The prep in this recipe is fairly minimal. First, you’re going to toast the rolls on the grill just so they get some nice marks on the inside. While that’s toasting, dice the red bell peppers, garlic, and tomato, and get it going in the pan until everything is soft and aromatic. Then, slice your cheese for each sandwich. Set everything to the side when they’re done, and that’s pretty much it for prep. The only thing left to worry about now is seasoning and cooking the chicken.
For the chicken, you’re going to season it really well on both sides with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. You can add different things if you want, but we’re looking for a smokey and peppery flavor with the chicken. Get the chicken on your grill over a medium heat, and let it get cooked well on both sides so that you have beautiful grill marks. Since the chicken breasts are butterflied, they won’t take terribly long to cook…maybe 5 minutes on each side. If you have a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature. Poultry is safe to eat at 165.
The sandwich will be assembled as follows:
This sandwich is quick and easy for summer cook outs. It pairs well with grilled or fresh veggies, fruit salads, and other picnic salads that always seem to make an appearance at cook outs. It’s also incredibly easy to customize to your own tastes or those of a larger group.
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