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Everyone Loves A YUM Sandwich Loaf

Manchego, Broccoli, Chicken Sandwich Loaf

The Sandwich Loaves from Beautiful Breads and Fabulous Fillings: The Best Sandwiches in America by Margaux Sky is one of my favorite all-time cookbooks for sandwiches to really WOW your family and guests.  Whether it’s a casual lunch, dinner, picnic, cookout, tailgate party or brunch, these are just perfect and “not your usual kinda sandwiches” by any stretch but like the mega-bread wraps or Stromboli, they are yummy and a hit with all.  You can be as creative, spicy, diet, sweet, etc. as you wish and use your imagination to the hilt and you will soar with great sandwich ideas.  I have created them with various types of bread dough and like most stuffed breads, you can use fresh or bread machine dough and even store-bought loaves. My favorite is the fresh sweet dough recipe in the book.  So try this recipe, check out the book (at a very reasonable price) and wow your family and guests.

Manchego, Broccoli, Chicken Sandwich Loaf*


2 plus 2 tablespoons butter
4 cups diced chicken tenders
1 tablespoon Lawry’s lemon pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
3 cups broccoli florets

1 batch Sweet Dough

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sweet dried basil
2 cups plus 1 cup Manchego cheese
Juice of 1 lemon


>  In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-low heat.

>  Add the chicken tenders, lemon pepper and salt.  Mix well and cover.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

>  In another large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over low heat.  Add the broccoli and more lemon pepper and salt to taste.  Mix well and cover.

>  Roll out the Sweet Dough so that the long side is perpendicular to your body.  The dough should only be slightly thicker than paper thin.  Spread the olive oil over the dough.

>  Sprinkle more lemon pepper and salt, as well as the basil, onto the dough.

>  Spread 2 cups of the cheese over the basil.

>  Add the chicken to the pan with the broccoli and mix well.

>  Spread the mixture over the dough and add the remaining cheese.

>  Sprinkle the lemon juice over the cheese.

>  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

>  Generously butter a large baking sheet.

>  With your hands, tightly roll the dough into a loaf, with the rolling action going away from your body.  To hold in most of the fillings fold the outer edges of the dough as you roll.  Place the loaf onto the prepared baking sheet seam side down.

>  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

>  Remove the loaf from the oven and let is cool 30 minutes before slicing.

>  To serve, arrange a mound of Mesclun greens and a thick slice of sandwich loaf on a plate; garnish with slice of watermelon.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

Sweet Dough*

Note:  This is a large batch recipe.  Yield:  2 melon-size batches (8 or 9 pastries per batch) You will use 1 batch per sandwich loaf


1 tablespoon yeast
2 cups warm water
1 cup warm milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 cups of all-purpose flour (approx)
1/8 teaspoon salt


> In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water and milk.  Add the cream. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy.

> Generously grease a large bowl

> Add the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the yeast mixture.

> Slowly add the flour and salt to the wet ingredients and mix well.

> Place the dough on a floured countertop or board and knead for 4 minutes.

> Place the dough in the prepared bowl.  Place the bowl in a warm, dry place and let the dough rise for 60 minutes.  Punch down the dough with your fist and separate into two portions.  You can use the dough immediately or refrigerate for later use.


*Asiago or white cheddar are other favorites for this recipe.   For a quick easy version, substitute your sweet dough with bread machine dough recipe or fresh dough from store.  Use pre-cooked Chicken Tenders (Cajun or BBQ are good choices) and frozen broccoli (heated in microwave).  Use your imagination and really create some YUM sandwiches.


It’s Clydes Chili Feast Time

It’s CHILI FEAST time again!  The cold, wind and snow, yes, snow! has brought us back to this yummy recipe!

It’s the big game time and that means lots of yummy-gooey-spicy-thick chili and sandwiches on the menu.   I will share my fave easy ones that are great for quick chili when time and table require it.

Our fave local chili is the world-famous chili from Clydes of Georgetown.  My friends/family know this is the one I always make for the short version and have loved it since the first time on a cold winter day in Washington, DC’s Georgetown Clyde’s, I had it for lunch.  It has been a favorite ever since I have shared the recipe.,  Clyde’s now has the recipe on their website for download.  Here it is so do yourself a favor and make a pot for the Super Bowl and put on your “staple” list for a regular cold-weather dinner.

Clyde’s Famous Chili

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound small-diced onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1½ pounds ground beef
1 25-ounce can chili beans
1 12-ounce jar chili sauce
2 tablespoons light chili powder
¼ cup dark chili powder*
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

In a heavy-bottomed pot, sauté the onion and garlic in the vegetable oil until golden brown. Add the beef to the onions and cook until it is about medium rare. Don’t stir the beef around too much—you want to have some large clumps of beef in the finished product. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until just blended. (It may seem like a lot of powder, but that’s why they call it chili!)

Cook the chili over medium heat for about ten minutes, just until the meat is fully cooked. Don’t overcook it! Serve with ice-cold beer and condiments such as shredded sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, and minced onions.

Serves six to eight.

*Light chili powder has more of the hot seeds or flakes ground with the pods. Using more of the dark powder makes this chili a little sweeter. If you can’t find light chili powder, use a little extra of the dark powder.

You can visit Clyde’s for more of their recipes here:  Clydes

Our second easy fav:   Martha Stewart for their recipe for a really yum chili from the book “Mad Hungry,”  by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Photo Credit:  Martha Stewart

Have A Happy Yum Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  It’s always a wonderful and fun time at our house and tons of “beyond the yum” favorites.  This year I am making a new version of our best turkey recipe inspired by Christina Ferrare’s recipe on Hallmark’s Home & Family.    Bon Appetit!  Click the link for the recipe!

Be sure to follow Christina on Pinterest too for some really excellent recipes!

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