Category: Sandwiches

Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich (copycat)

Enjoy a tasty copycat Carl’s Jr. Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich. Marinated chicken, cheese, Southwest sauce, green chile, & lettuce on a toasted bun. YUM!
Enjoy a tasty copycat Carl's Jr. Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich. Marinated chicken, cheese, Southwest sauce, green chile & lettuce on a toasted bun. YUM!

Well… we’ve entered another week of “stay-at-home”, due to current coronavirus guidelines. I made my husband and I delicious chicken sandwiches for dinner last week, using a recipe I saved many years ago. The recipe is a copycat for one of Carl’s Jr. restaurants chicken sandwiches! Honestly, I’m not even sure if they still have this sandwich on their menu! All I know is… it’s GOOD, and we really enjoy these sandwiches!

I knew I had 99% of the ingredients in our kitchen, so I decided to make these sandwiches again (it’s been a while!). The recipe calls for teriyaki sauce (and that was the ONE thing I was out of)! Since we are trying NOT to go to the grocery store too much (social distancing), I used my recipe for homemade teriyaki marinade (easy) to marinate the chicken! Problem solved. HOORAY!

The sandwiches were (as always) a big hit, so I’m sharing the recipe here, so you can enjoy it, too. Here’s how to make Santa Fe Chicken Sandwiches:

First – Marinate The Chicken

The recipe (as written in printable recipe below) makes 4 sandwiches, but since I was only making them for my husband and I, my photos reflect the fixings for TWO! Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts into a resealable plastic bag or container (with a lid).

Add teriyaki sauce to the chicken, and turn to fully cover the chicken with the sauce. Let the chicken marinate (covered or sealed) in the refrigerator for thirty minutes, so the flavors can permeate the meat. Use the time the chicken is marinating to prepare other parts of the recipe.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are marinated in teriyaki sauce.

Prepare The Southwestern Sauce – EASY!

Making the Southwestern sauce for the sandwich is incredibly simple.  Measure the mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, paprika, and curry powder into a small bowl, and stir well, until the ingredients are fully incorporated. Set the bowl aside. This will be the sauce you put on the sandwich! See how EASY that was?

Southwest-inspired spices are mixed together with mayonnaise to make sauce.The sauce for the sandwich is mixed, and is ready to spread on.

Prepare The Canned Green Chiles- EASY!

Open and drain the green chiles. Below you can see the type of chiles I used. There should be 4 whole ones in the can. Carefully slice them open, and remove the seeds with a butter knife or spoon. Each sandwich requires one of these mild chiles.

Pat the chiles dry with a paper towel. Now you can set them aside until you’re ready to build the sandwiches.

Whole green chiles are split open and seeds are removed before adding to sandwich.

Cook The Marinated Chicken

Once the chicken breasts have marinated for 30 minutes, remove them from the container (or bag), and let the excess sauce drip off the chicken. Discard the sauce.

Grill the chicken on an outdoor grill, or in a lightly oiled pan or indoor grill on medium-high heat. I use a cast iron grill on my stove top to cook the chicken (see photo below).

When the chicken is nicely browned on the bottom after 6-7 minutes, carefully turn the chicken over, and continue grilling the other side for an additional 6-7 minutes. The time it will take to cook the chicken will vary, depending on the thickness of the chicken you use, of course. When done, the chicken should be cooked all the way through (internal temp of 165°F.), and be nicely browned on all sides.

Marinated chicken breasts are grilled for the sandwich.The marinated chicken breasts are grilled on both sides until done.

Time To Build Your Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich!

Okay… now it’s time to put the sandwiches together. Lightly toast the hamburger buns. I’ve found the easiest way is to lay them open on a lightly buttered skillet or griddle, and let them “toast” on low heat for a minute or two.

Spread the Southwestern sauce onto both sides of each of the toasted buns. Place a lettuce leaf on the bottom bun, and then top it with one of the green chiles.

Southwestern sauce is spread on both top and bottom of toasted bun.Lettuce and a whole green chile is added to the toasted buns with sauce.

Now lay the warm marinated, grilled chicken breast on top of the chile. Add a slice of American cheese to the top bun, and place it on the chicken. Now your Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich is completely ready to enjoy! The heat from the toasted bun and the chicken will help to slightly melt the cheese, too!

Repeat the steps for each Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich. All that is left for you to do after that is serve and enjoy these delicious, flavorful chicken sandwiches. Hope you enjoy them… we sure do!

Marinated grilled chicken and cheese are added to the Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich.

A Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich is served on a plate, with sliced apples on the side.

Thank you for stopping by. The printable recipe is shown below, in case you would like to make these at home. Stay safe, and be an encouraging friend and family member to those around you who might be hurting. God bless you, and I sincerely hope you have a GREAT day. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for, right?!!!

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Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Marinating Time (Inactive-included in total time)
30 mins
Total Time
49 mins
 

Enjoy a tasty copycat Carl's Jr. Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich. Marinated chicken, cheese, Southwest sauce, green chile & lettuce on a toasted bun. YUM!

Category: Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 386 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Chicken:
  • 4 medium chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) (the thinner, the better!)
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce (or marinade)
For Southwest Sauce:
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (regular or light)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 pinch salt
For Sandwich:
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 ounce canned whole green chiles (1 can should have 4 chiles)
  • 4 slices American cheese
Instructions
  1. MARINATE CHICKEN: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts into resealable plastic bag or a container (with lid). Add teriyaki sauce; turn to fully cover chicken with sauce. Let chicken marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  2. PREP #1-MAKE SAUCE: Measure mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, paprika, and curry powder into a small bowl. Stir well, then set bowl aside. PREP #2-PREPARE CHILES: Open can; drain green chiles. Carefully slice chiles open. Remove seeds. Pat chiles dry with a paper towel. Set aside.

  3. COOK CHICKEN: After marinating 30 minutes, remove chicken breasts from bag (or container); let excess sauce drip off the chicken. Discard sauce. Cook chicken on an outdoor grill, or in a lightly oiled pan or on indoor grill pan on medium-high heat. Cook for approximately 6-7 minutes. Turn chicken over; continue grilling other side for an additional 6-7 minutes. The time it takes to cook depends on the thickness of chicken you use, of course. When done, chicken should be cooked all the way through (internal temp of 145-150°F), and be nicely browned on all sides. Remove from pan or grill. Keep chicken warm.

  4. TOAST THE BUNS: Lightly toast the hamburger buns. Easiest way is to split and lay them open on a lightly buttered skillet. Let them "toast" for 1-2 minutes on low heat, until golden brown.

  5. TO BUILD EACH SANDWICH: Spread sauce onto both sides of each toasted bun. Place lettuce leaf on bottom bun; top it with a green chile, followed by a chicken breast. Add a slice of American cheese to the top bun, and place it on the chicken. Repeat with other sandwiches, serve warm, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation was made using light mayonnaise and 1/4th of the marinade's total calories, as marinade is only used to flavor meat and total amount of marinade is not fully consumed.

Nutrition Facts
Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 1620mg70%
Potassium 620mg18%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 2159IU43%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 323mg32%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Enjoy a tasty copycat Carl's Jr. Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich. Marinated chicken, cheese, Southwest sauce, green chile & lettuce on a toasted bun. YUM!

Turkey Ranch Rollups

Turkey Ranch Rollups are wrap sandwiches with turkey breast, roma tomatoes and baby spinach leaves, with a cream cheese ranch spread. They’re EASY to make, and perfect for school or work lunch boxes!
Turkey Ranch Rollups are wrap sandwiches with turkey breast, roma tomatoes and spinach with a cream cheese ranch spread. EASY to make; perfect for lunch boxes!

Well… school just started back in our area. We live several blocks away from the local elementary and middle school, so there were kids everywhere today, carrying their lunches in lunch boxes and backpacks!

This totally EASY quick recipe for turkey ranch rollups is perfect for lunches (kids OR adults… hint, hint)… make several up the night before, wrap them tightly, and the next morning the rollups are ready to drop into that favorite lunch box! Here’s how simple they are to make:

Spread whipped (or softened) cream cheese onto a flour tortilla. Spread almost all the way to the edges. Add a teaspoon of ranch dressing; spread over cream cheese.

Flour tortilla is spread with cream cheese and ranch dressing to make rollups.

Place two thin slices of deli style turkey breast on one side of tortilla (you can see these turkey slices were fairly wide). Add roma tomato slices (thinly sliced). Season lightly with salt and pepper, to taste.

Turkey slices and sliced roma tomatoes are place on flour tortilla for rollups.

Top with those HEALTHY (shhh, don’t tell the kids) baby spinach leaves. If you want, place a thin slice of the cheese of your choice on top of the spinach, trimmed to fit (optional).

And for goodness sake, modify these rollups to make them your own, and add what you or your kids would enjoy (alfafa sprouts, bell peppers, etc). You really can’t hurt this rollup!

Baby spinach leaves are added to turkey ranch rollups.

TIGHTLY roll up the sandwich, tucking turkey, etc. in, as you roll. You want to get it tight and not loose. As soon as you get it rolled up, place it in plastic wrap, and seal, keeping it TIGHTLY rolled up. Repeat with additional turkey ranch rollups.

Place the plastic wrap sealed rollups in refrigerator. They are BEST if stored overnight in refrigerator. The cream cheese/ranch spread acts kind of like “glue” to hold the wrap together, once refrigerated.

Turkey ranch rollups are rolled tightly, then wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated.

When ready to eat, either serve as one whole rollup (perfect for lunch boxes- leave them wrapped tightly in plastic wrap), OR unwrap, slice in half on a diagonal, and serve!

Turkey ranch rollups are cut in half, and are served with chips and apples.

Turkey ranch rollups - close up photo.

That’s it! Remember to tuck an ice pack of some kind in your child’s lunch to keep rollups (with meat and salad dressing) chilled! You probably already knew that, but it’s safe to remind everyone once again.

Hope you enjoy these delicious, easy to make lunch rollups. It’s so easy to make these up in the evening before bedtime, then they are conveniently ready for you to grab for lunches for school or work the next day! Have a wonderful day.

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Turkey Ranch Rollups
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Turkey Ranch Rollups are wrap sandwiches with turkey breast, roma tomatoes and spinach with a cream cheese ranch spread. They're EASY to make, and perfect for lunch boxes!
Category: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey ranch rollups
Servings: 2 rollups
Calories Per Serving: 179 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 2 Tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Ranch salad dressing
  • 4 slices deli turkey (thin slices)
  • 6 slices roma tomato (thin slices)
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • cheddar cheese (OPTIONAL)
Instructions
  1. For each rollup: Spread whipped (or softened) cream cheese onto a flour tortilla. Spread almost all the way to the edges. Add a teaspoon of ranch dressing; spread over cream cheese.

  2. Place two thin slices of deli style turkey breast on one side of tortilla. Add roma tomato slices (thinly sliced). Season lightly with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with baby spinach leaves. If you want, place a thin slice of the cheese of your choice on top of the spinach, trimmed to fit (optional).

  3. TIGHTLY roll up the sandwich, tucking turkey, etc. in as you roll. You want to get it tight and not loose. As soon as you get it rolled up, place it in plastic wrap, and seal, keeping it TIGHTLY rolled up. Repeat with additional rollups.  Place plastic wrap sealed rollups in refrigerator. They are BEST if stored overnight in refrigerator. The cream cheese/ranch spread acts kind of like a "glue" to hold the wrap together once refrigerated. When ready to serve, slice each rollup in half! Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Ranch Rollups
Amount Per Serving (1 rollup)
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 523mg23%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Turkey Ranch Rollups are wrap sandwiches with turkey breast, roma tomatoes and spinach with a cream cheese ranch spread. EASY to make; perfect for lunch boxes!

Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich

Enjoy this flavorful Mediterranean chicken sandwich, with tomato, lettuce, red onion, and creamy sauce (feta cheese, yogurt, dill, garlic, & oregano)!Enjoy this flavorful Mediterranean chicken sandwich, with tomato, lettuce, red onion, and creamy sauce (feta cheese, yogurt, dill, garlic, & oregano)!

I ended up making this sandwich as a way to use a couple of thawed chicken breasts in our refrigerator. Ever have those moments when you look at raw chicken breasts, and wonder what on earth you are going to do with them?

Yeah. That was me… one day at lunch, so I put on my thinking cap, and came up with this sandwich. I chose to grill the chicken right then, but by ALL MEANS, if you’ve got it, use warmed leftover grilled chicken or a 1″ thick slice of store bought rotisserie chicken (per sandwich) and save even more time!

Guess what? This simple Mediterranean chicken sandwich ended up being fairly low in calories and very tasty, if I may say so myself!  I knew where I wanted to end up when trying to create this (i.e. a yummy chicken sandwich), and the rest was just figuring out WHAT to put ON that sandwich! Ha Ha. Decided to go the “Greek” route, as I love the flavor combinations.

Make The Mediterranean Sauce

The Mediterranean inspired sauce was easy to make. I racked my brain for inspiration, then picked out some traditional Greek seasonings from my spice rack, and added a couple other ingredients to make a simple, creamy “condiment” sauce to compliment the chicken on the sandwich.

I mixed together crumbled feta cheese, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, milk (just a bit to make it even creamier), dried dill (from my garden-yay!), garlic powder and oregano in a small bowl until fairly smooth, then seasoned it with a little salt and pepper, to taste.

Ingredients for Mediterranean inspired sauce for chicken sandwich

Once the sauce was done, I covered and refrigerated it for 30 minutes, to give the ingredients a chance to blend and incorporate their unique flavors.

That is not completely necessary, if you’re in a hurry to eat, but I do recommend it, for best flavor!  Here’s what the sauce looks like.

Mediterranean inspired sauce to go on chicken sandwich, in bowl

While the sauce was chilling in the fridge, I grilled thin chicken breasts on an indoor cast iron grill until done, using my Mom’s easy grilled chicken basting sauce.

NOTE: You can cook the chicken breast any way that is easiest that you prefer (or even use leftover grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken breast slices, if desired). Whatever is easiest and most convenient for you works… just make sure the chicken is seasoned well, at least with salt and pepper!

Prepare The Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich

When ready to make the sandwiches, get all the ingredients together. You need thinly sliced red onion, tomatoes, lettuce, chicken breasts and “toasted” kaiser rolls.

Lightly butter the rolls, then “toast”, cut sides down, in a hot skillet until golden brown. Remove sauce from the refrigerator, and then you’re ready to build your Mediterranean chicken sandwich!

Ingredients to make a grilled chicken sandwich, Mediterranean style

To assemble, spread Mediterranean sauce generously on both sides of the toasted bun.  A warm, grilled chicken breast goes on top of the sauce on the bottom half.

Top it with a few thin red onion slices, a thin slice of tomato, and finish off with a great big lettuce leaf (I used romaine). Put the two halves together, and the sandwich is ready to eat!

Mediterranean sauce, with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes & onion on sandwich bun

I cut one of the sandwiches in half so you can see the inside.  The creamy, delicious Greek sauce oozes out from the top and bottom bun and coats the whole thing, bringing LOTS of traditional Mediterranean flavors to this simple sandwich.

Take a big bite, then grab a napkin to wipe all that yummy sauce from your face! Ha Ha.

Chicken sandwich with sauce, cut in half, on plate
I hope you will consider making this yummy and flavorful sandwich.  It’s even easier (and more time-saving) to make if you already have leftover grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken to use. This recipe is a perfect way to use up that chicken for a quick lunch time treat!

If you enjoy chicken sandwiches, you might also want to check out my recipe for a delicious Fried Chicken, Spicy Mayo and Slaw Sandwich (a recipe I tried, straight from the pages of Bon Appetit magazine- yum!).  Have a wonderful day… make it a GOOD one!

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Recipe Source: My brain… in hungry mode.

Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Enjoy this flavorful Mediterranean chicken sandwich, with tomato, lettuce, red onion, and creamy sauce (feta cheese, yogurt, dill, garlic, & oregano)!
Category: Sandwich
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Mediterranean chicken sandwich
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 371 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Mediterranean Sauce
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt , non-fat
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper , to taste
For Sandwich
  • 2 Kaiser rolls (or hamburger buns)
  • 2 teaspoons butter , for toasting kaiser rolls
  • 2 thin chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) , grilled/pre-cooked (can use 1" thick slices rotisserie chicken breast)
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 slices red onion
  • 2 leaves romaine lettuce
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients for Mediterranean sauce in a medium bowl. Stir very well, to fully blend ingredients into a creamy sauce. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Note: It is not vital to refrigerate it for 30 minutes, but I do recommend it for best flavor! (If you choose to make sauce up early in the day, cover bowl and refrigerate until ready to use).

  2. Lightly butter the kaiser roll halves. "Toast" them lightly by placing them cut side down, in a dry skillet on medium heat. Cook until golden brown and crispy. Remove from heat; set aside.

  3. To assemble sandwich, generously spread Mediterranean sauce on top and bottom halves of  the toasted sides of rolls or hamburger buns.  Place the cooked chicken breast (or 1" thick slice of rotisserie chicken breast, if using) onto the bottom half of the bun.  Add thin red onion slices, a tomato slice, and a large leaf of lettuce.  Place the top half of the toasted bun onto the sandwich (make sure it has sauce on it, too!). Repeat process for other sandwich. Serve, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

TIP: If using previously cooked chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken, the time it takes to make this sandwich will be considerably shortened.

If using a LARGE, thick chicken breast, simply slice it in half horizontally and use the two halves (a total of one whole breast) for two sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 628mg27%
Potassium 673mg19%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 2900IU58%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 218mg22%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Enjoy this flavorful Mediterranean chicken sandwich, with tomato, lettuce, red onion, and creamy sauce (feta cheese, yogurt, dill, garlic, & oregano)!

Grilled Patty Melt

Make a classic grilled patty melt from the comfort of home! Seasoned beef, rye bread, caramelized onions, and gooey cheese create a delicious grilled sandwich!Make classic grilled patty melts from the comfort of home! Seasoned beef, rye bread, caramelized onions, and gooey cheese create a delicious grilled sandwich!

 

 

 

Do you enjoy a good Patty Melt? I sure do – YUM!  Sometimes when we go out for hamburgers, I opt for a grilled patty melt, because I love the simplicity of this sandwich and I LOVE the taste! Did you know it’s EASY to make them from the comfort of your own home?

Seriously… I love grilled onions, I love cheese and I love burgers, so how could I not enjoy this simple classic grilled sandwich? A patty melt features all of those ingredients, and is a popular menu item at diners and Mom and Pop restaurants around the country!

Now, please note that I didn’t say they are the HEALTHIEST meal option, but I do believe life (including food choices) is all about balance.  Every now and then, a grilled patty melt with perfectly caramelized onions and gooey cheese on buttered rye bread makes me deliriously HAPPY.

I enjoyed eating this grilled patty melt. Every single bite… THEN I went for a 237 mile walk to work off the calories… Ha Ha!

How To Make A Grilled Patty Melt

Patty melts are easy to make.  They do take a little bit of prep time, because you need to caramelize and brown the sliced onions really well!

Onions are sliced thin, then cooked low and slow in a little butter for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you are a multi-tasker, you can grill the patties at the same time.

You can also prepare the onions for the patty melt ahead of time, if you want. This could save you time later on when everyone is ravenous and starving.

Sliced onions are cooked until browned for the patty melt.

Lightly season the ground beef with salt, pepper, a touch of garlic powder and some Worchestershire sauce, then shape the meat into patties.  I make the patties slightly oblong to fit better on a piece of Rye bread (the “traditional” bread used to make this sandwich).

Cooking The Beef For A Patty Melt

Patties are grilled on both sides on medium-high heat until they reach the desired doneness (I am a medium-well gal, myself). The meat was cooked on an indoor cast iron grill, but they are just as easily cooked on a BBQ grill.

Make sure the grill or pan you use is very hot before adding the meat. This helps to create a crusty “sear” on the outside.

Beef cooking on indoor cast iron grill for a patty melt.

Once ready to cook the sandwich, I spread butter on one side of each slice of bread (like making a grilled cheese sandwich).

The cooked meat patty was placed onto the non-buttered side, then piled high with caramelized onions.

Patty melt is piled high with cooked onion slices.

NOTE: If you want a LOT of cheese, place a piece of Swiss cheese on the bread before placing the patty on, then add another one to the top. I wanted just a small amount of cheese, so I put it only on top of the onions.

Swiss cheese slices are placed on top of onions on patty melt.

Place another slice of bread on top of the cheese (buttered side out).  If you wish to add Thousand Island dressing (a lot of restaurants serve it with this), spread it onto the unbuttered side of the top slice of bread.  Cook the patty melt as you would a grilled cheese sandwich.

Once the bottom slice of bread is golden brown and toasty, carefully flip the sandwich to the other side, and continue cooking until golden brown, cheese has melted, and sandwich is heated through.

Grilled Patty Melt is flipped over to cook other side of bread on grill until golden brown.

Once done, carefully slice the patty melt in half, and serve with additional Thousand Island dressing or ketchup for dunking!

And, if you want MORE calories (cough, cough), add some fries! French fries are VEGETABLES, right?

Grilled patty melt is cut in half on a plate.

That’s it! See how easy it is to make this classic sandwich?  Now you can make a delicious grilled patty melt  in the comfort of your own home!

The secret is getting the onions cooked just right, along with crispy rye bread, a well-seared beef patty, and ooey gooey melted cheese! This simple meal always make me happy!

I hope you will consider making these yummy sandwiches for lunch or dinner for friends or family! Have a fantastic day!

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Grilled Patty Melt
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Make a classic grilled patty melt from the comfort of home! Seasoned beef, rye bread, caramelized onions, and gooey cheese create a delicious grilled sandwich!
Category: Entree, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: patty melt
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 804 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 onions , peeled, sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4-5 dashes Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 8 slices rye bread (can substitute sourdough)
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese (use more, if desired- can also substitute American cheese)
  • Thousand Island dressing (optional, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Trim ends off onions, peel, then slice thin. Melt 1 Tablespoon butter in skillet. Cook onions slices on medium heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done, the caramelized onions should be softened and light brown. Set aside.
  2. Season ground beef with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Worchestershire sauce. Mix well. Shape meat into 4 slightly oblong patties (to fit shape of rye bread). Grill beef patties on grill or in skillet on medium-high heat (spray skillet with non-stick spray or use melted butter) until cooked through to your preferred done-ness. Make sure the grill or pan you use is very hot before adding the meat. This helps to create a quick, crusty "sear" on the outside. When done, set beef patties on paper towel to drain excess grease.
  3. When ready to cook sandwich, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place cooked meat patty onto the non-buttered side, then piled on the caramelized onions. Top with slice of Swiss cheese. NOTE: If you want a LOT of cheese, place a piece of Swiss cheese on the bread before placing the patty on, then add another slice to the top.
  4. Place a slice of buttered bread on top of the cheese (butter side out). If you wish to add Thousand Island dressing, spread it onto the unbuttered side of the top slice of bread. Cook patty melt on low heat as you would a grilled cheese sandwich. Once the bottom is golden brown and toasty, carefully flip the sandwich (with a spatula) to the other side, and continue cooking until golden brown, cheese has melted, and sandwich is heated through. Once done, carefully slice patty melt in half, and serve with additional Thousand Island dressing or ketchup for dunking! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Patty Melt
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 804 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 169mg56%
Sodium 1222mg53%
Potassium 667mg19%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 311mg31%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Microwave Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Need breakfast quick? Try this 2 minute microwave egg breakfast sandwich, prepared in a microwave, with egg, ham and cheese on a toasted English muffin!Need breakfast quick? Try this 2 minute microwave egg breakfast sandwich, prepared in a microwave, with egg, ham and cheese on a toasted English muffin!

Need a quick, yet filling breakfast? What if I told you that you can make a hearty Microwave Egg Breakfast Sandwich in 2 minutes? Yep… it’s delicious, and can be ready faster than stopping for take-out at a fast-food restaurant!

Remodeling Our Kitchen AND Trying To Cook Breakfast

Our kitchen is currently undergoing a complete remodel from floor to ceiling. At the time of this writing, there is nothing but bare walls in it (see below on left).  My husband and I have set up an itsy bitsy tiny temporary kitchen on a table in our dining room with a few essential appliances, so we can survive the 2 month remodeling process (see below on right).

One of the most used appliances (well, besides the COFFEE MAKER), is our old microwave, which has been a real life-saver.  I recently began making eggs in the microwave – who knew? Now I’ve made these 2 minute breakfast sandwiches  several times already.

Photos of our kitchen remodel demolition, which forced us to use microwave to cook.

We LOVE these sandwiches for breakfast! We are making them (using the microwave) out of necessity, but love how convenient it’s been to make a hearty “breakfast on the go” for us in just a couple minutes.

How To Make Microwave Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

Here’s how easy they are to make using a microwave, and a few simple ingredients. The ingredients are an egg, grated cheddar, deli sliced ham, and one whole english muffin.

Microwave Egg Breakfast Sandwiches only require a few ingredients.

Spray a microwave-safe ramekin or mug with non-stick spray. Add one egg, a teaspoon of water, and salt and pepper.

Egg, water and salt and pepper, in a ramekin before cooking in microwave.

Give it a good stir till ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

Egg is stirred well, to blend, before microwaving for breakfast sandwich.

Next place the english muffin halves in toaster and lightly toast. Now multi-task!!!!

Cook The Egg In The Microwave

While the muffin is in the toaster, cook the egg. Place ramekin with egg mixture into microwave. Cook (uncovered) for 40-60 seconds on high (mine cooked fully in 40!).

Here’s what the egg looked like when I took it out after 40 seconds. Perfectly cooked! By the way, did you notice the plastic utensils we are using during the kitchen remodel? (ha ha). I used the lovely and quite glamorous plastic fork to remove the egg from the ramekin.

Microwave Egg is cooked and ready for breakfast sandwich.

As soon as the english muffin was toasted, I lightly buttered it, added the ham immediately, placed the cooked egg on top of the ham, then added sharp cheddar cheese and put the lid on top.

If you’re more of a “I like my cheese UNDER the egg” kind of person, then by all means, make it work for YOU!

Egg, ham and cheese on the breakfast sandwich.

That’s it! In under 2 minutes, you’ve got yourself an amazingly tasty breakfast!  The warmth from the top half of the English muffin lightly melted the cheese.

I made a microwave egg breakfast sandwich for each of us on another day when our grown son was here at breakfast time, and he thought they tasted wonderful, as well!

We served them on (you guessed it) PAPER PLATES, and voila! A great tasting microwave egg breakfast sandwich was made “lickety split” for us kitchen “orphans”.

Microwave Egg Breakfast Sandwich, ready to eat!

Holding a Microwave Egg Breakfast Sandwich after a couple bites.

These would be fantastic item for a quick breakfast to eat on the go (I know many of you eat in your car on the way to work- wink, wink!). Why stop for take-out, when it would take less time to make this breakfast before ever leaving the house?

This microwave egg breakfast sandwich would also be a quick way to feed the kids before school… and this sandwich really tastes good! Hope you’ll give it a try!

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Microwave Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 mins
 
Need breakfast quick? Try this 2 minute microwave egg breakfast sandwich, prepared in a microwave, with egg, ham and cheese on a toasted English muffin!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: microwave egg breakfast sandwich
Servings: 1 sandwich
Calories Per Serving: 430 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 pinch salt/pepper (to season egg)
  • 1 english muffin , split and toasted
  • 1 teaspoon butter (optional, for muffin)
  • 2 ounces deli ham (2-3 very thin slices)
  • 1 Tablespoon grated sharp cheddar cheese (small handful or thin slice)
Instructions
  1. Lightly coat a small ramekin with non-stick cooking spray. Place egg, water, salt and pepper in ramekin. Stir to blend ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Lightly toast english muffin. When done, butter one half (optional).
  3. While muffin is toasting, place ramekin with egg in microwave. Cook on high power for 40-60 seconds (mine only took 40 seconds to fully cook). Remove dish from microwave.
  4. Place warm ham slices on one half of toasted english muffin. Top with cooked egg, then grated cheddar. Immediately place the top half of the english muffin on the cheese. Serve and enjoy while it's hot!
Nutrition Facts
Microwave Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 430 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 1167mg51%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Chicken Salad For Sandwiches

This easy and delicious copycat version of a famous East Coast chicken salad is convenient to have in the refrigerator for a quick sandwich for lunch or dinner!This easy and delicious copycat version of a famous East Coast chicken salad is convenient to have in the refrigerator for a quick sandwich for lunch or dinner!
Do you enjoy chicken salad?  Well today I want to share with you a recipe for Easy Chicken Salad For Sandwiches! I enjoy having chicken salad made up and ready in the fridge during hot summers, so I can easily make a great tasting sandwich for my family any time I want!

I found this recipe on a website that I enjoy called “A Family Feast”.  Martha and her husband Jack (the bloggers/cooks) have a wonderful website, FB page and Pinterest page that feature lots of great recipes. I highly recommend their website (see recipe source below)!

Why This Is Called A “Copycat” Recipe

The recipe is a copycat version of a brand of chicken salad marketed and sold on the East Coast.  While I have never tasted the original Willow Tree Chicken Salad, I found this recipe to be almost identical (minus the brown sugar and garlic powder) to the recipe my Mom has been making for years, so I decided to test this version out!  YUM!

The chicken salad is very flavorful, not too “mayonnaise-y” (new word!) once ingredients are mixed together, and is inexpensive and very easy to prepare.  The recipe makes 4-6 servings, depending on how much chicken salad you use for each sandwich, and it tastes GOOD.

If you want to cut out some carbs and not use bread, simply place the chicken salad between lettuce leaves and roll up like a burrito to eat!   Here’s how to make this tasty chicken salad:

Shred The Chicken For The Chicken Salad

The recipe calls for cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast.  I simply boiled the chicken breasts in water until done (took the easy peasy way), but however you cook the chicken is up to you.

Once the chicken is cooked, I placed the chicken breasts in my stand mixer (with the paddle attachment on). I shredded the chicken on medium speed until finely shredded. If you want to shred the chicken by hand instead of using a mixer, simply use two forks.

Shredding chicken for salad in electric mixer

This is how it looked once done… a nice big bowl of finely shredded chicken, and it only takes a couple of minutes!

Shredded chicken for sandwiches

Add The Rest Of The Ingredients

Add the rest of the ingredients to the shredded chicken (mayonnaise, celery, onion, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper).

Mayonnaise, onion, celery and spices added to shredded chicken

Stir all of the chicken salad ingredients well, until thoroughly blended. Take a bite, and add additional salt and/or pepper, to suit your taste.

Cover the chicken salad with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy chicken salad ready for sandwiches

The Chicken Salad Is Ready To Eat!

When ready to make sandwiches, place the chicken salad on top of lettuce leaves on sandwich bread, cut in half, and serve! That’s it!  Pretty easy, right? Keep any leftovers covered in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Chicken salad sandwiches, served with corn chips and raspberries

I sure do love summer in Oregon!  It is such a blessing to have warmth, sunshine, and blue skies, especially after the wettest, gloomiest Winter and Spring I can recall in several years!

Having this chicken salad for sandwiches pre-made and ready is a welcome thing in our home, so we can be outside more, enjoying the spectacular beauty of the Pacific Northwest!

Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: www.afamilyfeast.com/copycat-willow-tree-chicken-salad/

Easy Chicken Salad For Sandwiches
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This easy and delicious copycat version of a famous East Coast chicken salad is convenient to have in the refrigerator for a quick sandwich for lunch or dinner!

Category: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken salad
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 325 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast (boneless/skinless), shredded
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons finely minced celery
  • 3 Tablespoons finely minced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (+ more to taste, as desired)
Instructions
  1. Place cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a stand mixer (with paddle attachment on). Shred chicken on medium speed until finely shredded. If you want to shred by hand instead of using a mixer, use two forks.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the shredded chicken (celery, onion, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper). Stir all ingredients well, until thoroughly blended. Take a bite; add additional salt and/or pepper, as desired. Cover salad with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to make sandwiches, place the chicken salad on top of lettuce leaves on sandwich bread, and serve! Keep leftover chicken salad covered in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Caloric calculation is based on 6 servings.
*Prep time does not include cooking time for chicken. I simply boiled the chicken in water until done, but however you pre-cook chicken is your choice.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Salad For Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 334mg15%
Potassium 211mg6%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions

Have leftover pork roast and need a tip on how to use it up? Make a delicious grilled pork tenderloin sandwich with mozzarella and caramelized onions!Have leftover pork roast and need a tip on how to use it up? Make a delicious grilled pork tenderloin sandwich with mozzarella and caramelized onions!
Ever have leftover pork roast or pork tenderloin and wonder what you can do to use it up creatively?  Recently I had leftover pork from dinner, so I made a Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches with Mozzarella and Caramelized Onions for lunch!  It tasted wonderful!

I enjoy having leftovers in the fridge, unlike my little sister Joni, who hates having them around. My personal theory is it’s awesome when you can cook once, then take some of the leftovers and “morph” them into a completely different meal.  That was how this sandwich came into existence.

I was looking for something in our refrigerator for lunch, but didn’t want to have leftover pork… unless I could transform it into something else!  So… I put my thinking cap on and came up with the idea for this pork tenderloin sandwich!  Here’s how to make it:

Caramelize The Onions

Cook the sliced onions slowly in a skillet with a bit of olive oil for several minutes. Continue to cook until the onions have browned and caramelized.

Sliced onions are caramelized in skillet before adding to sandwich.

“Build” The Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Melt the butter in a large skillet on medium-low heat.  Butter one side of a large piece of sourdough bread and place it butter side DOWN in skillet.

Generously layer the bread with thin slices of leftover cooked pork tenderloin. If necessary, lightly season the pork slices with salt and pepper.

Thin slices of pork tendeloin are arranged on buttered bread in skillet.
Arrange the caramelized onions on top of the pork slices.

Caramelized onion slices are added to the pork tenderloin sandwich.
Spread a thin layer of sliced mozzarella (or grated) on top of the onions.

Mozzarella cheese slices are placed on top of the caramelized onions.

Butter one side of the other pieces of sourdough bread, and place them on top of the sandwich, butter side UP.

Time To Cook The Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Cook the sandwich on medium-low heat until the bottom side of the bread has lightly browned.

The pork tenderloin sandwich is grilled in a skillet.
Carefully turn sandwich over and cook the other side (like a grilled cheese sandwich).  See how nice and golden brown the sourdough bread is now?

Continue cooking slowly until cheese has melted. You want the grilled pork tenderloin sandwich to be heated all the way through (low and slow!).

The pork tenderloin sandwich is flipped to other side once golden and toasted.

When the sandwich is done cooking, remove it from the skillet. Transfer it to a plate, and get ready to enjoy this sandwich!

It’s Time To Eat The Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich!

Carefully cut the grilled sandwich in half… and enjoy!  The tender pork slices, crunchy buttery sourdough bread, gooey melted mozzarella cheese and slight sweetness of the caramelized onions really make this sandwich special.

An entire grilled pork tenderloin sandwich is very filling! A half of this sandwich was all I could eat! If you don’t want to eat a whole sandwich, you can get 4 servings when you make two sandwiches.

The grilled pork tenderloin sandwich, cut in half to serve.

Hope you will consider creating a delicious pork tenderloin sandwich when you have leftover pork roast or tenderloin!  The sandwich was very good!

Looking For More SANDWICH Recipes?

You can find all of my sandwich recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few of them include:

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich w/ Mozzarella & Caramelized Onions
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Have leftover pork roast and need a tip on how to use it up? Make a delicious grilled pork tenderloin sandwich with mozzarella and caramelized onions!

Category: Sandwich
Cuisine: Sandwich
Keyword: pork tenderloin sandwich
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 666 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (for skillet)
  • 2 Tablespons enough butter to spread on bread (for grilling)
  • 8 thin slices precooked pork tenderloin (enough to cover each sandwich)
  • 1/2 onion , thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • thin slices mozzarella cheese (enough to cover sandwich)
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Add sliced onions; cook slowly, stirring occasionally, for several minutes, until they have browned and caramelized.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet on medium-low heat. For each sandwich, butter one side of bread and place it butter side DOWN in skillet.
  3. Cover bread with thin slices of leftover cooked pork tenderloin. Lightly season pork with salt and pepper. Divide and spread caramelized onions on top of pork. Spread a thin layer of sliced mozzarella (or grated) on top of onions. Butter one side of remaining pieces of sourdough bread, and place on top of the sandwich, butter side UP.

  4. Cook on medium-low until bottom side has lightly browned.Carefully turn sandwich over. Continue cooking slowly until cheese has melted and sandwich is heated through (low and slow!). When sandwiches are done cooking, remove from skillet. Slice sandwich in half... and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwich w/ Mozzarella & Caramelized Onions
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 666 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 932mg41%
Potassium 524mg15%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 206mg21%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Ham, Egg & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

You’ll love this hearty, delicious and filling bagel breakfast sandwich, with egg, ham and cheese, which can be ready in under 10 minutes!You'll love this hearty, delicious and filling bagel breakfast sandwich, with egg, ham and cheese, which can be ready in under 10 minutes!
I stared and stared at a bagel calling to me this morning from it’s shelf in our pantry. It looked so forlorn just sitting there, so I decided to turn it into something beautiful. I “morphed” it into a delicious Ham, Egg & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich (try saying that in one mouthful)!

Being the nice wife that I am (*cough, cough), I asked my husband if he wanted to have one also, since there were actually 2 bagels left in the bag. Of course he said yes (he hardly ever turns down food), so off into the kitchen I went to play… I mean cook us breakfast! Guess what? It tasted fantastic!

Less than 10 minutes later, we were chowing down on these hearty breakfast sandwiches… delicious and filling! And truthfully, they were so easy to make! Here’s what you need to do:

How To Make This Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

Split a bagel in half. Lightly butter both sides. Place on wire rack under oven broiler (about 5-6 inches away from heating element) and broil, only until they are light golden brown.

Bagels are sliced in half and buttered for broiling.

Buttered bagels are broiled until golden brown.

Once you take them out, place sliced cheddar cheese on one half of the bagel (while bagel is still hot). Put on enough thin slices of cheese to cover.

Thin cheese slices are placed on bagel halves.

Fry The Eggs

In a skillet, fry one egg (per sandwich) however you like them cooked (over medium, over easy or hard). Salt and pepper egg, to taste.

Eggs are fried for bagel breakfast sandwich.

When egg is done, place it on top of the cheese half.  Place a thin slice of deli ham onto the other half, folding the ham to make it cover bagel.

Broil The Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

Place the bagel halves back into the oven under the broiler (about 5-6 inches away from broiler). Re-heat only until cheese begins to melt, and the bagel breakfast sandwich is re-heated.

Fried egg and ham slices are added to breakfast sandwich.

Remove bagel halves from oven. Place the half bagel with the ham on top of the other half. Ta-Da!  Your breakfast sandwich is now ready to devour!

Ham, Egg & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich is ready to eat!

I cut mine in half, just so I could show you the inside of the bagel breakfast sandwich in all of it’s glorious “bagely-eggy-cheesy-hammy” goodness!

Bagel breakfast sandwich, cut in half, on plate.

This bagel breakfast sandwich was so good… don’t think I will be eating lunch, because it was pretty filling!  Hope you’ll consider making these for your family.  My hunch is that these would be great made up, then frozen (wrapped very tightly). It would be fantastic to have some of these breakfast sandwiches around for a quick re-heating in a microwave on a busy morning!

Have a fantastic day!  Try to find time (in this crazy, busy day) to stop pedaling for just a minute and recharge your soul (and body!). I am always glad for those stolen moments of rest.

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Recipe Source: My hungry brain.

Ham, Egg & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 
You'll love this hearty, delicious and filling bagel breakfast sandwich, with egg, ham and cheese, which can be ready in under 10 minutes!
Category: Breakfast Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bagel breakfast sandwich
Servings: 1 sandwich
Calories Per Serving: 568 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 bagel (I used an "Everything" bagel)
  • 1 teaspoon Butter (enough to spread on bagel for broiling)
  • 1 slice Cheddar cheese slices (cut into enough pieces to cover bagel)
  • 1 slice deli ham (thin slice)
  • 1 egg , fried the way you like it!
  • 1 pinch Salt and pepper , to taste (for egg)
Instructions
  1. Slice bagel in half. Lightly butter bagel. Place bagel halves (on a rack) under oven broiler until golden brown. Remove.
  2. Place cheddar cheese on top of one half of the bagel (enough to cover). Fold slice of ham and place on other half of bagel, to cover.

  3. Fry one egg (however your like it). Salt and pepper egg to taste. Remove from skillet and place on top of cheddar cheese.
  4. Place both halves back under oven broiler again to heat it all back up and slightly melt the cheese. Remove from oven, put the two halves together... and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Ham, Egg & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 1203mg52%
Potassium 246mg7%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 645IU13%
Calcium 245mg25%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Grilled “Elvis Special” Sandwich

A Grilled “Elvis Special” Sandwich is a hunk, a hunk of burnin’ love! Peanut butter, banana, and chocolate cooked on buttered bread would even make Elvis proud!A Grilled "Elvis Special" Sandwich is a hunk, a hunk of burnin' love! Peanut butter, banana, and chocolate cooked on buttered bread would even make Elvis proud!
Fact:  Elvis Presley loved peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I decided to morph that combo and make a Grilled Elvis Special Sandwich – a grilled banana, peanut butter AND chocolate sandwich.

If Elvis were still around he would probably say “Thank You…Thank You Very Much“.  Then he’d take a big bite, and swivel his hips (to work off the calories, no doubt).

Experimenting With This Sandwich!

I wasn’t sure just HOW this sandwich would taste, but I was in an experimenting mood one day. Creamy peanut butter and “smashed” banana is something my grandma used to eat all the time. Trust me, she ate this all the time (especially when she took out her false teeth, ha ha).

I was thinking about that when it hit me (an idea, NOT the sandwich). My thought was “what if I GRILLED the sandwich AND added a few chocolate chips to really take it to the next level”?  I mean… chocolate goes good with bananas and chocolate goes good with peanut butter, so how could this NOT work?

Well, thankfully… it DID WORK. It actually was VERY GOOD! Who knew?  In the words of Elvis… “I’m All Shook Up”!  So that’s how this goofy good, Grilled Elvis Special Sandwich came to be. Truth. Amen. And now… you can make this sandwich, too!

How To Make A Grilled Elvis Special Sandwich

Start with a large ripe banana (this recipe makes TWO sandwiches). Cut the banana into chunks and put it into a bowl with the peanut butter.

Use a fork to smash the banana and mix the two ingredients together.  The banana should be smashed until it is almost creamy, with little pieces.

Ripe banana and peanut butter are mashed together for this "Elvis Special" Sandwich.

Butter the slices of bread just like you’re going to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Butter one side of each piece of bread.

Bread is buttered on one side before grilling the "Elvis Special" sandwich.

Spread half of the peanut butter/banana mixture onto the UNBUTTERED side of a piece of bread.  Sprinkle with a small amount of chocolate chips (15-20).

Peanut butter banana mixture with chocolate chips on this "Elvis Special" sandwich before grilling.

Place the sandwich buttered side down into a hot skillet on medium low heat.

Cover the sandwich with the other piece of bread (buttered side facing UP).

Grilled "Elvis Special" Sandwich is cooked in a small skillet.

Grill until the bottom side of the sandwich is golden brown. Carefully turn the sandwich over with a spatula. Cook the other side until it is golden brown, also.

Grilled "Elvis Special" Sandwich is cooked until golden brown on both sides.

Remove sandwich from skillet. Cut in half diagonally… and serve!

Grab a cup of milk to drink, and a paper napkin… this Elvis Special Sandwich might get messy – but it’s a GOOD messy! Enjoy!

Grilled "Elvis Special" Sandwich is sliced in half, and topped with sliced bananas to serve.

Looking For More SANDWICH Recipes?

I sincerely hope you enjoy this Grilled Elvis Special Sandwich! If you are interested in other sandwich recipes, I hope you will check out Grilled Patty Melts, BBQ Shredded Pork, and Mediterranean Chicken Sandwiches.

You might also enjoy my Grilled Thai PB & J Sandwich, or a Fried Chicken Spicy Mayo & Slaw Sandwich.

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Grilled "Elvis Special" Sandwich
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
A Grilled "Elvis Special" Sandwich is a hunk, a hunk of burnin' love! Peanut butter, banana, and chocolate cooked on buttered bread would even make Elvis proud!
Category: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Elvis special sandwich
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 511 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 large banana (or two small)
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter (generous Tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate chips ( approx 15-20 per sandwich)
  • 4 slices good quality bread
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter , softened (to spread on one side of each piece of bread)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mash banana and peanut butter together, using a fork, until mixture is creamy with small pieces of banana.

  2. Spread one side of each of piece of bread with soft (room temp) butter. Place two pieces of bread, butter side down in a skillet (on medium heat).

  3. Spread the peanut butter/banana mixture onto bread in skillet. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of peanut butter/banana mixture. Place remaining piece of bread on top of each sandwich, butter side UP.
  4. Grill sandwich on medium heat until bottom of sandwich is golden brown. Carefully turn each sandwich over using a spatula, and continue cooking until other side is golden brown.
  5. Remove sandwich to serving plate. Cut diagonally, and serve! Can garnish sandwich with sliced bananas, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled "Elvis Special" Sandwich
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 511 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 479mg21%
Potassium 416mg12%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 440IU9%
Vitamin C 5.1mg6%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Spicy Fish Sandwich w/Chili Mayo

Spicy Fish Sandwich with Chili Mayo is a delicious meal, w/ pan-seared cod, peppery arugula and marinated cucumber strips, on a toasted roll!Spicy Fish Sandwich with Chili Mayo is an incredible meal, featuring pan-seared cod, peppery arugula and marinated cucumber strips, served on a toasted roll!
I made my hubby an amazing fish sandwich for dinner recently. It’s a Spicy Fish Sandwich with Chili Mayo recipe that I found on Pinterest recently. It was quite delicious, and I know this because I begged him for a couple bites! WOW… was this sandwich GREAT!

I found a piece of cod in our freezer that I wanted to use up, so decided to feed the hubby AND try a new recipe all at the same time! It really DID taste good, and I really will make it again (except this time I will make one for me, too!).  Here’s how you make this great fish sandwich (recipe is for 2 sandwiches):

Thinly slice 1/2 of a cucumber lengthwise and add it to a bowl with some white wine vinegar and a small touch of sugar. I used a mandoline and julienned the cucumber into long thin strips, but you could also use a vegetable peeler and thinly slice the cucumber lengthwise to make wide “ribbons”. Once mixed, cover until ready to use on sandwich.

Cucumber is julienne sliced on a mandoline.

Thinly sliced cucumber for fish sandwich.

Make the chili mayo by combining mayo and sweet chili sauce (I used Mae Ploy). Mix together and keep refrigerated until ready to use (I mixed it up early in the day so flavors had time to mingle). The sauce does not have too much heat – just enough… so that I called this a spicy fish sandwich! If you like it hot, then by all means, simple add more chili sauce.

Making the chili mayo for the fish sandwich.

Chili mayo is ready for spicy fish sandwich!

Lightly toast a french bread roll in a skillet. (You can also broil it a bit, to toast the surface of the roll before adding the rest of the ingredients to it). A ciabatta roll would also be wonderful for the sandwich (per the original author). They have enough sturdiness to hold the ingredients without getting soggy.

Toasting french roll in skillet before making sandwich.

Mix up flour, smoked paprika, cumin, and dried thyme on a plate. Spread it out so you can dredge the piece of fish in it. This is enough for TWO pieces of fish. Dredge the fish in the spice/flour mixture, turning to coat it on both sides.

Flour and spices are mixed together for fish coating

Cod fillets are dredged in flour/spice mixture before cooking

Heat oil on medium high in non-stick skillet. Let it get hot, then place the piece (or pieces) of fish into the hot oil. DO NOT MOVE THE FISH after placing in the skillet initially (or it may stick). As it cooks for 2-3 minutes it will develop a “crust” on the bottom side and will be fine.

After 2-3 minutes, carefully turn the fish over and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes, until done and golden brown.

Dredged fish is pan-seared in skillet for sandwich.

Pan-seared fish is cooked and ready to put on sandwich!

To serve, slice rolls in half horizontally.  Spread a generous amount of the chili mayo sauce onto both sides of the toasted roll.

Chili mayo is spread on toasted french rolls for sandwich

Place some arugula leaves on top of the sauce on the bottom half of the roll, then place the cooked fish on top of arugula.

Arugula and pan-seared fish are placed onto sandwich roll.

Add a generous helping of the sliced cucumbers (letting any juices drain off before adding). Top with the other half of the toasted roll… and serve!

Thinly sliced marinated cucumbers are added to spicy fish sandwich

Go ahead… Take a BIG bite! The well seasoned, semi-crunchy fish, paired with the slightly peppery arugula, the crunch of the marinated cucumbers, the toasty roll, and the chili mayo all combine to make this a WONDERFUL spicy fish sandwich!

Spicy Fish Sandwich w/Chili Mayo is served!

Sure hope you will give this spicy fish sandwich recipe a try! I know we will have this again in our home!  Have a wonderful day, friends. May you find moments of refreshment and encouragement throughout your day.

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Recipe Source: http://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/spicy-fish-burger-with-chilli-mayo/10084.html

Spicy Fish Sandwich w/ Chili Mayo
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins
 

Spicy Fish Sandwich with Chili Mayo is an incredible meal, featuring pan-seared cod, peppery arugula and marinated cucumber strips, served on a toasted roll!

Category: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spicy fish sandwich
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 401 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For cucumbers and marinade:
  • 1/2 cucumber , sliced thinly lengthwise (using mandoline to julienne or veg. peeler to slice ribbons)
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 teaspoon granulated sugar
For chili-mayo sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce (I used Mae Ploy), add more sauce to taste, if desired.
For fish:
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoky paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 pieces cod (bun sized)
  • 2 crusty French rolls or ciabatta rolls
  • Arugula (a small handful)
Instructions
  1. Prepare cucumbers, by thinly slicing or julienning into very thin strips lengthwise. Place in bowl with white wine vinegar and granulated sugar. Mix. Cover and set aside.
  2. Mix the mayonnaise and chili sauce together in a small container. Refrigerate until needed.
  3. Slice rolls in half. Lightly "toast" the cut sides of rolls in a dry skillet or under the broiler until slightly crispy. Set aside.
  4. Combine flour, paprika, cumin and thyme on a plate. Mix, then spread out on plate. Dredge the pieces of fish through the flour mixture, turning to coat both sides.
  5. Heat oil on medium-high in a non-stick skillet until hot. Carefully place the fish into the hot oil. Do not move the fish once in skillet or it might stick. It will form a crust as it cooks. Let fish cook for 2-3 minutes, then carefully turn fish over and continue cooking other side for 2-3 minutes, until done and golden brown.
  6. To assemble sandwich, slice rolls in half horizontally. Generously spread chili-mayo sauce on both sides of each sandwich roll. Place arugula on top of sauce on bottom of roll. Place fish on top of arugula. Place marinated cucumber slices (drain liquid first) on top of fish, then place top of roll on. Serve... and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Fish Sandwich w/ Chili Mayo
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 442mg19%
Potassium 656mg19%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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