This Ina Garten recipe for Caesar Club Sandwich called for a purchased ciabatta bread. I thought it would be fun to make my own. I searched for a bread machine recipe and found one that produced a nice loaf with a “crisp crust and coarse crumb” and is nice and chewy.
It doesn’t begin with a sponge but still a very enjoyable bread and one that I will definitely make again!
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 1/4 cups bread flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Place ingredients into the pan of the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the Dough cycle, and Start.
Dimple dough for a second time, and then place loaves in the oven, positioned on the middle rack. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. During baking, spritz loaves with water every 5 to 10 minutes for a crispier crust.
Next… on to Barefoot Contessa’s Caesar Club Sandwich
The recipe calls for roasting chicken breasts rubbed with olive oil, salt and pepper.
I baked mine with the skin removed and with barbecue sauce.
In the end I passed deciding to pass on flavor rather than risk a “fishy” taste.
I also substituted fresh cilantro for the fresh flat-leaf parsley as I have it growing on my window sill.
baby spinach and romaine lettuce for the baby arugula,
feta cheese for the Parmesan and
fresh tomatoes for the sun-dried.
I know it sounds like I really changed up this recipe but I don’t think the final outcome is all that different from the original recipe posted below.
- 2 split (1 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
- Good olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta
- 1 large garlic clove, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
- 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup good mayonnaise
- 1 large ciabatta bread
- 2 ounces baby arugula, washed and spun dry
- 12 sun-dried tomatoes, in oil
- 2 to 3 ounces Parmesan, shaved