Sandwiches are? a summertime staple in our household, so I jumped at the chance when Mezzetta asked me to come up with a sandwich recipe using some of their products.
Like many culinary and craft projects, I decided to let the ingredients speak to me. I lined up the jars on the counter. (Minus the stuffed olives, which DH managed to polish off straight away. He LOVES olives! Apparently they were good. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t get any. But I digress.)
For some reason a grilled chicken sandwich sounded good to me. We are trying to eat more healthfully so chicken and veggies are a great choice. So I went to the store and picked up a chicken breast and some buns. Then I set DH to working on the grill (I could have baked it, but I wanted the grill flavor). I decided that with the rich flavors of the Mezzetta foods, I needed some fresh ingredients and cheese to balance it out. Here is what I came up with.
- chicken breast (can season with Mesquite, seasoning salt, etc.)
- Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Peppers
- Mezzetta Olive, Parmesan and Garlic Everything Spread
You’ll want to season the chicken with seasoning salt and Mesquite seasoning, or any seasoning of your choice, actually. This step adds a lot of flavor!
Then, you’ll want to grill the chicken. I know, you can just bake it, but grilling adds so much flavor!
Once it’s grilled, assemble the chicken, cheese, spreads and remaining ingredients on the bun.
The Verdict: Oh. My. Word. It was so savory, so fresh. We LOVED it. I was a little worried that it might be dry because I didn’t have any mayo or anything on it, but the red peppers and onions provided lots of peppery, wet goodness. Which sounds kind of gross but it was spectacular.
I ended up loving the Mezzetta products, and I can see a ton of uses for them–especially in the summer with garlic bread, pasta salads, and everything Italian. Or just out of the jar if you’re DH.
Recipe challenges like these are so fun. They help me get outside of my comfort zone and be creative in the kitchen. If you’ve been inspired to come up with your own super sandwich, consider entering the $25,000 Mezzetta Make That Sandwich Contest.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mezzetta. The opinions and text are all mine.