Another of my attempts at coming up with a Challenge Sandwich worthy of being entered. Original title was "Grilled Lemon Chicken Cutlets and Olive Tapenade on a Bagel with Peppers, Onions and Feta Cheese". More descriptive, but not as funny. Try it, you will like it. Stay tuned for more fun and hilarity when my next bagel masterpiece is posted.
1Make the tapenade: Throw all the ingredients in a tall narrow container and buzz with a stick blender til completely pulverized. As an alternative, use a regular blender or food processor.
2Make the Marinade: In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, mustard and seasoning, Whisk in EVOO until emulsified ( I just used a fork in a salad bowl)
3Make the Chicken cutlets: Lay the chicken breast on a non slip surface (I use a paper towel) Holding your hand flat on top of the chicken breast (fingertips UP please), with a sharp knife, slice the breast parallel to the countertop into two or three thin cutlets the size of the breast, and about 1/2 inches thick. Place each cutlet between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound them to about 1/4 inch thickness.
If you are squeamish about handling raw chicken or afraid of sharp knives, ask your butcher to make the cutlets or some stores carry already cut breasts.
4Slice veggies, place in bowl to hold. Butter bagels. Crumble the feta cheese into a small bowl and reserve. Spread a teaspoon or two of the marinade over the chicken cutlets, both sides and cover with plastic wrap.
5Start grill. I use charcoal, so this allows about 15-25 minutes for the chicken to marinate. If you use gas grills, marinate the chicken first 15-25 minutes, then start the grill.
6When the grill is hot, place a small frying pan ( I use a cast iron one)on the corner of the grate and add the 1 Tbsp butter. Dump in the veggies, stir occasionally until starting to soften. (As an alternative, saute the veggies on the stove till lightly brown and soft.)
7Slap on the chicken cutlets and grill about 3 minutes per side until nicely marked.
8While grilling the cutlets and stirring the veggies, put the bagels on the outside edge of the grill grate, butter side down and toast till nicely browned.
9Take everything off the grill (Use Potholders for the frying pan, don't want to burn yourself!)and assemble the sandwiches. Inside or outside, your choice.
10Spread bagel liberally with Tapenade, plop on the grilled cutlet, top with the sauteed veggies and sprinkle with crumbled feta. If you like and you have some marinade left, you can use it to spread on the top half of the bagel. Serve with a small wedge of lemon to spritz the veggies with if desired.