Last fall, my husband, dad, brother, and uncle traveled to Colorado to go elk hunting. My mom, aunt, and I all took turns making a meal for the three of us to alleviate some of the pain of only cooking for one person.
When it was my aunt’s turn, she made an open-faced sandwich that she had years ago at a nearby restaurant.
A few weeks ago, this meal came to mind for some reason, and I decided to make it for my husband and me for dinner. And then, we started to get creative and change it up a little bit!
It is really a quick, simple recipe. The base is garlic bread. I use frozen Texas Toast from Aldi, but if you are uncomfortable with some of the ingredients, there are alternatives. My mom uses her own homemade bread.
The protein involved is chicken. You can really prepare this chicken anyway you’d like. I’ve put it in the crock pot on low while I was at work and it was ready when I came home. I’ve also used leftover chicken that I’d baked the night before. If you are very ambitious, you can cook the chicken right before it goes onto the garlic bread!
The original way my aunt made the sandwich had salsa, cheese, and sour cream. She topped the garlic bread with chicken, then salsa, shredded cheese, and then finally sour cream.
The directions on the garlic bread state that the bread should be baked for 3 minutes on each side. I baked it for 3 minutes on one side, then pulled the sheet pan out of the oven and added all of the toppings except for the sour cream.
Once the final 3 minutes are up (or maybe a few more…you can try to get the cheese melted without burning the bottom of the Texas Toast), take the sandwiches out of the oven and top them with a dollop of sour cream. (I use plain Greek yogurt because I generally don’t keep sour cream in the house.)
We have also put a chicken parmesan twist on this recipe. The garlic bread gets prepared the same way, but instead of salsa, top the chicken with tomato sauce. You could use spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or just plain, unseasoned tomato sauce, depending on your tastes. Top that with shredded mozzarella cheese, and you’ve got a yummy garlic chicken parm sandwich! Chicken parm you taste so good!
This is such an easy recipe! It’s quick, simple, delicious, and versatile! And, it is a great meal for both kids and adults.
If you give this recipe a try, I would love to hear about it! And don’t be afraid to be creative! I’d love to hear about any unique changes you make to this recipe!