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Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Blue Cheese

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Cut in half horizontally:

  • 6 soft rolls (such as kaiser)

Divide evenly among roll halves:

  • 6 ounces creamy blue cheese

Combine in large bowl:

  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Reviews SectionMade this for some picnic lunches today. Added some arugula to the sandwiches. It was fantastic. Splurge for good quality blue cheese. The flavor really completes the sandwich. I'll definitely make this again.lotofsnowBuffalo, NY06/17/18

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

When I think of game day, my thoughts automatically go to buffalo chicken. I’m pretty sure that buffalo chicken and any sporting event go hand in hand.

The other thing that goes hand in hand with game day is easy. If you are like me, you want an array of food out for the game, and I get overwhelmed if I choose 5 things that are involved or if they take crazy amounts of time to make.

That’s why these Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches are perfect football food. Buffalo, check! Easy, check! Fast, check!!

Cajun Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Sandwich

This mash-up of flavors goes great together. Rub chicken breasts with Cajun seasoning and grill them. At the very end, brush them with teriyaki sauce. Assemble the sandwiches on toasted buns with strips of bacon, slices of cheese, and roasted bell peppers.​

Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwiches (Chilled or Grilled)

These tasty and versatile Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwiches can be served chilled or grilled, so you can easily pack them in a lunch or heat one up at home! If you’re unfamiliar with pimento cheese, it’s a Southern classic that mixes cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimiento peppers (you may know these from being stuffed in green olives), and other ingredients depending on who is making it. You can serve it a ton of different ways (like in my Pimento Cheese Stuffed Chicken), but one of them is on bread, often with the crusts cut off as a tea sandwich. I was thinking about that sandwich the other day, and the idea struck me to add some shredded chicken and make it into a chicken salad! I’m certain I’m not the first to do this, but I got pretty darn excited thinking about it.

I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to make these Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwiches a cold sandwich or more of a melt, so I tried each and they’re both great. I’m posting the slight variation to turn this sandwich from chilled to grilled, and you can decide for yourself! Chilled is perfect to pack in a lunch or serve with a side of veggies and dip, and grilled is like a extra fun grilled cheese and would be great with a cup of soup. The recipe makes 5 sandwiches, so you can try some of each and see which you prefer! Take your pick and let me know which one is your favorite in the comments!

Freezing Sandwiches

It's often reported the word "sandwich" originated with John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. The Earl supposedly ate bits of meat between pieces of bread so he could continue to play cards while eating and not get his hands greasy from the meat. Sandwiches continue to be a popular food today because of their versatility and convenience. Freezing sandwiches offers several additional benefits:

  • Save money by making your own "fast food" sandwiches for a sack lunch or meal at home.
  • Save time by making several sandwiches at once.
  • Utilize "leftovers" or cook extra at a meal for use in tasty and different ways at future meals.
  • Control the type of bread (such as choosing a whole grain bread), type of filling and spread (amount, salt, fat and so forth) by being in charge of the ingredients.
  • Enjoy a wholesome, homemade sandwich as part of an inexpensive, quick meal!

Sandwich ingredients that DO and DO NOT freeze well

Some common sandwich fillings that DO freeze well include:

  • Peanut butter and other nut butters
  • Canned tuna and salmon
  • Cooked roast beef, chicken and turkey (especially tasty when the meat is finely chopped and mixed with a "salad dressing," such as Miracle Whip, to add flavor and moistness.)
  • Natural or processed hard and semi-hard cheeses, such as Swiss, Cheddar. NOTE: As frozen cheese may crumble more after thawing, you may be more satisfied with the result if you grate it before freezing it in sandwiches.

Some common sandwich fillings that DO NOT freeze well include:

  • Hard-cooked egg whites (freezing toughens them).
  • Jelly or jam (soaks into bread and makes it soggy).
  • Tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions, etc. become limp when thawed they can be added to thawed sandwiches just before eating them.

IMPORTANT: "Salad dressings," such as Miracle Whip, work better as a binder in sandwiches than mayonnaise. Mayonnaise tends to separate on thawing. In comparison to mayonnaise, a Miracle Whip-type salad dressing tends to have a sweeter, tangier flavor. So, experiment to see how you like the result before making a freezer full of sandwiches.

Basic steps in assembling, freezing and thawing sandwiches

The same basic steps may be followed for assembling most frozen sandwiches:

  1. For sandwiches where the filling might soak into the bread, spread a thin layer of soft butter or margarine to the edges of the sides of bread that will be the "insides" of the sandwich. DO NOT use melted margarine or butter. NOTE: Bread that is at least a day-old may be slightly firmer and easier to spread.
  2. Make your sandwiches "assembly line" fashion, completing one step for all sandwiches before moving on to the next step.
  3. A quick way to freeze sandwiches is to:
    1. Place them in zip-top/self-sealing type plastic sandwich bags, labeling the bag with the date and type of sandwich. Squish out as much air as possible before sealing them.
    2. Lay them in a single layer in the freezer on a cookie sheet or other flat surface and freeze them for about an hour until they hold their shape. Then place the sandwich bags in a larger freezer-quality bag, such as a gallon freezer bag. Squish out extra air before sealing. The thin sandwich bags aren't satisfactory for maintaining food quality during longer-term freezer storage.

    For further information on freezing prepared foods

    An excellent resource for additional ideas for freezing make-ahead foods is "Freezing Prepared Foods" by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

    Tips on freezing foods for the first time

    The first time you try freezing a recipe, make just a small portion. Then check in about a month to see how you like it. Following are some sandwich recipes to get you started!

    Frozen Sandwich Recipes

    Frozen Beef, Chicken or Turkey Sandwich

    Beef, chicken or turkey sandwichThe same basic recipe may be used for all these frozen meat sandwiches. Make extra roast beef, chicken or turkey or use leftovers of these foods for frozen sandwiches. Use the leftovers within a day or two of preparing the original food. Then add your own toppings, such as lettuce, condiments, etc. just before eating the sandwiches. Variation: Add some grated cheese to your meat/poultry mixture.

    Ingredients for EACH sandwich:
    (may vary with bread size and personal preference):

    • 1/4 to 1/3 cup finely chopped cooked roast beef, chicken or turkey
    • 2 to 3 teaspoons of a "salad dressing," such as Miracle Whip
    • Soft butter or margarine (do not use melted form), about 2 teaspoons
    • 2 slices bread
    1. Mix beef, chicken or turkey with Miracle Whip-type salad dressing.
    2. Spread a thin layer of soft butter or margarine to the edges of the sides of bread that will be the "insides" of the sandwich. Top one of each pair of bread slices with meat mixture spread almost to the edges.
    3. Follow directions in previous section: "Basic steps in assembling, freezing and thawing sandwiches."
    Frozen Cheese Sandwich (for grilling)

    This is a great recipe for using up odds and ends of different cheeses!

    Ingredients for EACH sandwich:
    (may vary with bread size and personal preference)

    • 2 slices bread
    • 1/4 to 1/3 cup grated cheese (use natural or processed hard and semi-hard cheeses, such as Swiss, Cheddar, etc.)
    • For grilling later: soft butter/margarine (do not use melted form), about 2 teaspoons
    1. Top one of each pair of sandwich bread slices with grated cheese spread almost to the edges.
    2. Follow directions in previous section: "Basic steps in assembling, freezing and thawing sandwiches."
    3. These sandwiches may be grilled directly from the frozen state. Simply spread the OUTSIDES of the sandwiches with a thin coating of butter or margarine. Then grill in a double-sided grill (such as a George Foreman-type grill) until the cheese is melted and the outside of the sandwich is golden brown — about 4 to 5 minutes (check directions for your grill). Or, cook in a skillet on medium heat for 3 minutes per side or until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.
    Frozen Peanut Butter and Jelly (or Honey) Sandwiches

    Jelly and honey typically appear in a list of foods that don't freeze well in sandwiches. The reason: They soak into the bread and make it soggy. The trick to making this sandwich successful is spreading peanut butter on BOTH insides of the bread slices then, spread jelly or honey in the middle so the peanut butter keeps it from soaking into the bread.

    Ingredients for EACH sandwich:
    (may vary with bread size and personal preference)

    1. Spread the inward-facing side of each slice bread slice with peanut butter.
    2. Spread jelly or honey on top of peanut butter on one of the bread slices. Cover with the other slice so the jelly/honey is between the peanut butter and won't soak into the bread.
    3. Follow directions in previous section: "Basic steps in assembling, freezing and thawing sandwiches."
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    Use this basic recipe for your frozen tuna or salmon salad sandwiches. Then, just before serving the thawed sandwiches, pop in such additions as: tomato slices pickle relish lettuce a slice of cheese thin slice of your favorite onion chopped red, green or yellow peppers or a few pepper rings fresh basil leaves. NOTE: Check for water-packed versions of tuna or salmon prepared without added salt if you are limiting fat and/or sodium in your foods.

    Ingredients for EACH sandwich:
    (may vary with bread size and personal preference)

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