A few weeks ago, I went to Sam’s Club to pick up some water, Gatorade, chicken, and swedish fish.
Let me digress for a second…I have a hard time pronouncing swedish fish… I tend to call them shwedish fish, no matter how hard I try to say it right. I think it’s the “sh” on the back of fish that makes me put it in the front of swedish. Seriously, I am perfectly able to say swedish by itself, but add fish to it, and it’s all over. They’re shwedish.
It’s a problem.
But that’s not what I wanted to talk about today..
After the cashier rang my $136 bill up, which is usually around what I’ll spend during one visit. I usually go once a month, or once every other month…and sometimes I wonder why I even have a Sam’s club membership for as little as I shop there… Anyway…as she was cashing me out, the cashier…and for the sake of naming her…I’ll call her Mona with the big long braid, asked me why I haven’t signed up for the Bonus Membership.
She went on to explain that for every $500 spent, I will receive $10 cash. “Okay, Mona with the big long braid…you have me intrigued.. is there a charge for this membership?” I asked. “Yes” she replied. “$48.99 for the year (Not including the $38 or so that it costs to belong to the club). This would be your first month, and you have 11 more months to spend $500!” she told me.
I could feel myself staring her down, but I was trying to “read” her expression to see if she truly believed what she was telling me…
Okay…so here is the math…correct me if I’m wrong. If I receive $10 cash for every $500 I spend, and it costs $50 to join… wouldn’t I have to spend $2,500 to break even? And spend $3,000 to make a $10 profit? If I only spent $500 for the next 11 months, I’d be $40 in the hole. Right? Seriously, math wasn’t my best subject, but I think there was a major flaw in this pitch.
When I pointed this out to Mona, she stopped to think about it for a moment, and then answered: “But you have 11 months left to spend $3000, and you’ve already spent $136…” and I’m pretty sure in her mind she was trying to convince herself….I think because she knew that she didn’t have me convinced.
And, don’t get me wrong…I liked Mona. I mean, we only met that day, and I really don’t know anything about her, except that she has a long braid…but for the sake of this story, I liked her. I felt bad that I couldn’t help her out, because I’m sure that she had some sort of quota to reach, but we both knew that it wasn’t going to work out between us that day.
Anyway…let’s talk about this sandwich…because that’s why we’re really here, right? This Chicken Caprese BLT. Seriously. You want it. It’s a big sandwich, perfect for when that big hunger strikes…a salad in a sandwich. You know, when you’re hungry for a salad, but a salad just won’t do. You want something that’s going to satisfy that hunger…and this is the sandwich that will do just that.
Crisp bacon topped with a thin slice of grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, and a chopped tomato and basil salsa. And if you don’t want a sandwich this big, you can leave the chicken out, and just make this into a Caprese BLT. It’s just as delicious…I’ve eaten it both ways. Too much bread for you? Make it an open faced sandwich… Eat half for lunch…and the other half for dinner.
But whatever you do…just eat this sandwich…
Because I know you’ll love it.
Life is good. It’s a “I could eat a caprese salad every day of my life.” kind of good.
- 6 slices bacon, fried crisp (reserve 2 tbsp grease)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 boneless chicken breast, sliced in half horizontally
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- ½ cup basil, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp high quality balsamic vinegar
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
- Salt and Pepper
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced into 6 thick slices
- 2 large Romaine lettuce leaves
- 1 small baguette cut in half to make two sandwiches
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- In a large skillet, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate, and set aside. Generously season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Reserve two tablespoons of the bacon grease in the skillet (discard the rest), and add the garlic to the skillet. On low heat, sauté the garlic for about a minute, and then add the boneless chicken slices to the pan. Turn the heat to medium, and sauté the chicken for about four minutes on each side (it’s going to be thin, and won’t take long to cook through) until it’s golden brown on both sides, and cooked through. Remove from skillet, and set aside.
- To make the tomato and basil salsa, in a medium bowl, add the chopped tomatoes, chopped basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and crushed red pepper. Gently stir until fully combined. Add about ¼ tsp salt, and ½ tsp ground black pepper. Taste it, and add more salt or pepper to your desired flavor. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise and garlic until combined. Set aside.
- Slice the baguette pieces horizontally, and place the four halves under the broiler until toasted and browned. Flip them, and broil until browned.
- Assemble the sandwich:
- Place the two bottoms of the baguette on a cutting board. Spread one tablespoon of garlic mayonnaise on each baguette bottom.
- Place a romaine lettuce leaf over the garlic mayonnaise on each sandwich bottom.
- Add three slices of bacon on top of the lettuce on each sandwich bottom.
- Place a piece of chicken on top of the bacon on each sandwich.
- Place three slices of fresh mozzarella along the top of the chicken on each sandwich.
- Divide the tomato and basil salsa between the two sandwiches on top of the mozzarella.
- Spread one tablespoon of garlic mayonnaise on each baguette top, and top the sandwich with the baguette top.
- Serve immediately.