I am busy just like everyone else is these days. Never enough time between kids, husband work commitments meetings and a rather overwhelming obsession to all things BBQ .
Getting dinner to the table can be sometimes a bit of a chore. Its too expensive to eat out a lot & I don’t often like grabbing things through the drive thru either. So I tend to make a lot of quick meals Monday to Thursday. The super sammie is one of my go -to meals for just such a rushed evening.
I have lots of chicken in my freezer at all times. Chicken thighs, legs, whole chickens and chicken breasts. I am not a fan of chicken breasts unless they are grilled, slathered, smoked or stuffed. Whenever I grill chicken I fill up my whole grill. Its a good idea to maximize your space and to prep for future meals.
Tonights sammie used up some chicken that I had previously grilled.. A quick inventory of my fridge revealed something we always have on hand Ajvar. Now you may not heard of this but I will highly recommend you get some. Its a Macedonian spread that can be either hot or mild made from roasted red peppers eggplant garlic spices and oil. Its pretty darn tasty on a whole lot of things.
Slather that on a store bought foccacia – I am not Martha. I bake occasionally- I have made it from scratch but seriously its the middle of the week and I have laundry to do. However if you are into it and have the time here is a great vid on how to make it:
I also added some ricotta and some finely shredded basil. Toasting the bread under the broiler or on a grill is a great idea if you like a nice crunchy texture.
Load it up with some grilled chicken breasts (warmed in the microwave) that have been sliced, the ajvar, radicchio and/ or some other spring greens. Sprinkle on the juice of one lemon all over the chicken breasts. Drizzle the bread with garlic infused olive oil. Season with pepper. My foccacia had olives on it so I opted out of using more salt.
Super easy simple and a quick midweek dinner. Under 15 mins to the table.
- 1 store purchased foccaccia
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts grilled & sliced
- 1/4 cup good quality garlic infused olive oil
- 1 cup ajvar mild or hot
- 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
- 6 or 7 large leaves of basil finely shredded
- juice of 1 small lemon freshly squeezed
- spring greens – radicchio endive etc.
- salt & pepper to taste
Serves 6 very generously or a family of 5 with leftovers for lunch the following day.