Thursday, June 12, 2014

Caesar Cardini Chicken Club Sandwich

Caesar Cardini Chicken Club

“I am probably one of the few people around who saw the real Caesar Cardini making his salad.
I was about 9 when my parents took me to Tijuana, just the other side of the border from San Diego. 

They were so excited when big jolly Caesar himself came to the table to make the salad, which had already been written up and talked about everywhere. And it was dramatic, I remember most clearly the eggs going in, and how he tossed the leaves so it looked like a wave turning over.” 
-Julia Child

This double-decker sandwich was inspired by Caesar Cardini’s famous combination of ingredients from almost a century ago. Over the years, many have added chicken breast to the salad to make a more substantial meal. Here, I cook up moist and tasty chicken burgers from freshly ground thigh meat. Garlic toast stands in for the croutons. And a caesar aioli and hard boiled eggs replace the original egg-garlic-cheese dressing. I use two types of anchovies, of which unfortunately, Julia Child would disapprove. She said, “You don’t want herbs and anchovies and things like that – then you have adulterated it.”  But fans of anchovies will agree that they add another layer of umami savoriness to the sandwich. Also included are lemon and parmesan cheese, in an effort to capture Mr. Cardini’s authentic flavor combination.

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Caesar Cardini Chicken Club

Caesar Cardini Chicken Club Recipe

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Chicken Burgers (makes 3)

  • 1/2 lb. freshly ground chicken thighs
  • 1/3 c. panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 T. finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t. dijon mustard
  • 1 t. worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper

Mix all ingredients together, let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Form chicken mixture into patties. Sauté in a non-stick skillet in canola oil over medium-high heat, turning once, until the chicken is completely cooked but taking care not to overcook.

Sourdough Garlic Toast

  • sourdough bread
  • garlic clove
  • olive oil

Toast bread until golden brown. Rub the toast with a garlic clove then brush with olive oil.

Caesar Cardini Chicken Club

Ingredients

  • sourdough garlic toast
  • chicken burgers
  • caesar aioli
  • romaine lettuce
  • hard boiled egg slices
  • boquerones
  • parmesan cheese

Caesar Aioli Recipe

Caesar Aioli

  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 t. worcestershire sauce
  • 3 oil cured anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • fresh ground pepper

Simply mix all the ingredients together.

Chicken Caesar Club with Boquerones

Boquerones (White Anchovies)

Boquerones are anchovies that have been cured in vinegar. After about 12 hours the vinegar will have turned the anchovy flesh white. It is drained off and the anchovies are stored in olive oil. For this club sandwich, I season them with a little squeeze of lemon.

Caesar Cardini Chicken Club

Assembly

  1. Spread caesar aioli on one side of three pieces of toast.
  2. Top one piece of toast with a chicken burger.
  3. Grate parmesan cheese over the burger.
  4. Top the cheese with romaine lettuce.
  5. Top the second piece of toast with lettuce, hard boiled egg slices, and boquerones.
  6. Stack the “boquerones toast” on top of the “burger toast.”
  7. Finally, cover with the third slice of toast, aioli-side down to complete the club sandwich.

Creative Cooking Crew

Creative Cooking Crew

The Creative Cooking Crew is a group of innovative food bloggers hosted by Laz of Lazaro Cooks! and Joan of FOODalogue. Each month brings a new culinary challenge with a round-up of all the entries posted at the end of the month. Although there is no real judging and the challenges are all just for fun, we take pride in sharing our entries, pushing our culinary limits.

June’s Challenge is a Triple Decker Sandwich that includes at least three ingredients that start with the same letter. I am bringing my Caesar Cardini Chicken Club, featuring the letter “C”  for Chicken, Caesar Aioli, and Cheese. Joan is showcasing all the sandwiches in a round-up on her blog later in the month.

Caesar Cardini Chicken Club

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8 Responses to “Caesar Cardini Chicken Club Sandwich”

  1. Ia m all for the anchovies in a caesar salad and it is a perfect choice for your creation, loving this sandwich. And it’s lunch time now so I would devour it if it was in front of me right now.

  2. Just looking at the chicken made my mouth water and my husband ask that I make him this sandwich…a delight!

  3. Anchovies make everything taste better, so he knew what he was doing and wow, what a sandwich. How many people ate this? I love the dedication you put into it.

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  5. Love the idea of turning this famous salad into a sandwich.

  6. Eha says:

    A story I did not know, a mega sandwich I like enough to copy . . . but with respects to Julia Child, anchovies yes, please :) !

  7. Joan Nova says:

    Love that you addressed all the flavors of the classic caesar salad (including the anchovies!) and chose to make a nice juicy thigh meat chicken burger over a grilled breast. I could almost taste it.

  8. cheri says:

    This looks wonderful, love all the layers of flavor.

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