Monday, March 14, 2011

A Tale of Two Sandwiches

This is what I ate every day for lunch the week before last:
I received a panini press from my in-laws for Christmas and next to my immersion blender, it is the most life-changing small appliance in my kitchen!  (How's that for hyperbole?!)  I got the Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press and I use it constantly.  The panini above consisted of blackberry honey mustard from Sunset Gourmet, mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced Fuji apple and shaved, roasted turkey breast.  It was divine.

The other sandwich was not quite as successful as I would have hoped, but still delicious.  I was trying to duplicate a wonderful wrap that I had at a restaurant in White Rock, B.C. a couple of years ago, The Boathouse.  If you have the chance to go to one of these restaurants in the Vancouver area, you should.  Their clam chowder alone is worth the trip.  Of course, I don't have the exact recipe, I was just working off the flavours and textures of the wrap, but here is what I put in it:
  • Equal amounts light mayo and plain yogurt
  • thinly chopped fennel
  • cooked, chilled and chopped shrimp.  I tried to find the small "salad" shrimp, but couldn't, so I just chopped up some larger shrimp.
  • dried tarragon
  • salt & pepper to taste
The one thing that the original had that mine didn't was lobster, since that is a bit pricey to include in an everyday lunch (at least at our house it is).  I spooned the filling into Naan (an Indian flatbread) and served.  If you've ever had this at The Boathouse and have any suggestions as to what would make it more like the original, please let me know!

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