|Using the best quality ingredients -- like this olive oil (axiomia.biz) and Edmond Fallot mustard (from France) --|
will make for an excellent mayonnaise.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
The Eight Hour Chicken Sandwich
DH arrived home yesterday from a long business trip and, wanting to make him something special for dinner, I decided to surprise him with a chicken sandwich. But, as the late great Laurie Colwin said, a really good chicken sandwich takes hours -- one needs to roast a chicken, bake a loaf of white bread and whip up a batch of homemade mayonnaise. So that's exactly what I did. Eight hours later, dinner was served!
Using a vintage bread recipe (see the bottom of this post), I put together the dough and then seasoned and roasted a chicken.
Next, I made some delicious mayonnaise in just five minutes, using the ingredients below. One *should* hand whisk the oil, but I did it all in the blender and it was perfect.
Finally, at about 6 p.m., all the elements were in place and the sandwiches were ready to be made. (But it's not like I spent all those hours in the kitchen -- I went to the gym when the bread was rising, shopped the farmer's market when the chicken was roasting and worked on a freelance job while the bread was baking.)
I halved the bread recipe and got two smallish loaves. The kitchen was perfumed with the aroma baking bread for hours.
I let the roasted chicken cool before slicing it. Only white meat for DH.
Once you see how easy and delicious homemade mayonnaise is, you might never go back. I used a modern recipe I found on the internet.
These sandwiches were wonderful; the addition of farmer's market tomatoes and lettuce only made them better.
Of course, chicken sandwiches can be made in five minutes with store bought bread and mayonnaise and a supermarket rotisserie chicken. But there's something quite satisfying about going back to the very basics, to the elemental building blocks to create something -- that kind of activity is too often lost in our swirling busy world. (Of course, maybe it's lost precisely because making a chicken sandwich takes eight hours, and we have better things to do with our time.)
The bread recipe I used is below, but I wouldn't recommend it. I much prefer this recipe, if you're going to make the effort to bake bread.