What a lovely Saturday. There's something special about waking up to blue skies after a long winter of dark, grey skies. And there's even something more special about being able to laze around for a bit and not have to rush off. We celebrated this fine morning with a great dog walk and a Starbucks.
I don't normally make a lunch on a Saturday - it seems like we usually eat a late breakfast so we're not always hungry for lunch. Although Chris is usually starving after 4 hours of Kung Fu - so every once and awhile I will try and whip up something. I thought that I would bring out the panini grill and cook up some hot sandwiches.
Chris' Kung Fu Sandwiches
The only reason that I am calling these 'Kung Fu' is because they seem to be perfect after teaching and training.
2 small onions (I think that one medium may be too much) - cut into thin strips
6 large mushrooms - chopped into thin slices
2 chicken breasts - cut into long thin strips
2 tsp of dijon mustard (Dijon is on sale at Safeway this week - buy 1 get 1 free)
1 large clove of garlic - minced
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 peppers - sliced in half and grilled on panini grill - or roast in oven on broil
Baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup goat cheese
2-4 slices of panini bread - or any bread you have on hand
(this should be enough for 2 really large sandwiches or 4 just right ones)
In a saute pan, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil, and add the onion with a pinch of kosher salt. Saute for about 6 minutes. Add mushrooms and then the chicken. Add another pinch of kosher salt. Continue to cook for another couple of minutes. Add the dijon mustard, the garlic and oregano. Stir together and let cook for another 10 minutes, ensuring chicken is cooked. The dijon mustard will make the chicken and mushrooms nice and creamy.
Meanwhile, grill/roast the peppers. Slice each half of a pepper into 4 pieces.
Now it's time to put it all together. Cut the panini slice of bread in half. Layer the sandwiches starting with spinach, add slices of the pepper, then the chicken and mushrooms and top it with goat cheese and top with the other piece of the bread.
Grill the sandwiches on the sandwich grill for a couple of minutes.
And that's it! A perfect Saturday afternoon lunch. Chris rated these a 5+.
Alright - I hope that you are all keeping track of our Canucks - and are sending good hockey vibes to them on their trip to Chicago.