Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Why would a recipe name annoy me so?

a not annyoing sandwich
recipe #122

When I first saw this recipe, it annoyed me. Pretty much everything that mentions right off the bat that it has roasted red peppers annoys me. Esspecially if the roated red peppers aren't a very important part of the dish. There is something very faux-fancy/mid-90s about it. I guess soon I will be annoyed when recipe titles announce that a dish has fennel and shallots in it.

Or maybe I was just in an annoyed mood.

This recipe is annoying. It is much more picky and precious than it needs be. You can replace the RRP with anything you like or skip them all together.

Recipe wording aside, the sandwich is tasty. Mighty tasty.

Here is the annoying recipe from
Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Cilantro Relish
10 cups water
6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (2 1/2 lb)
4 large yellow bell peppers
2/3 cup blanched slivered almonds, toasted
1 garlic clove
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh jalapeño including seeds
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
12 slices good-quality whole-wheat sandwich bread

Poach chicken:
Bring water to a simmer in a 4- to 5-quart pot, then add chicken and simmer, uncovered, 6 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let stand, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and cool completely, then cut diagonally into thin slices.

Roast bell peppers:
Roast bell peppers on racks of gas burners over high heat, turning with tongs, until skins are blackened, 10 to 12 minutes. (Or broil peppers on rack of a broiler pan about 5 inches from heat, turning occasionally, about 15 minutes.) Transfer to a large bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap, then let stand 20 minutes.

When cool enough to handle, peel peppers, discarding stems and seeds, and cut lengthwise into 1 1/2-inch-wide strips.

While peppers are standing, pulse almonds, garlic, and jalapeño in a food processor until finely chopped. Add cilantro, mayonnaise, lime juice, sour cream, and salt and blend to a paste.

Spread cilantro relish on each slice of bread, then make sandwiches with chicken and roasted peppers, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Makes 6 sandwiches.

a not annoying sandwich spread

Avocados in this 'relish' make it extra good. I also used chipoltes instead of suggested peppers.

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