Slice of nice: Grilled portobello, oven-roasted turkey and chicken sandwiches

Grilled Portobello Mushroom with Pesto Aioli. (Dempster's)

Grilled Portobello Mushroom with Pesto Aioli. (Dempster's)

Rita DeMontis, National Food Editor, QMi Agency

, Last Updated: 5:15 PM ET

When the weather changes and the days get darker, sometimes all that's needed is a slice of comfort. My idea of comfort food is a sandwich — a couple of tablespoons of fresh ricotta with sour cherry jam to be exact. Or some lean deli with lots of lettuce, tomatoes and low-fat mayo with perhaps a sprinkling of finely minced red onion.

I'll try different breads, and I like the tried and traditional — whole wheat, or a crusty bun — or perhaps a light rye, especially when toasted. And I'm always on the look-out for what's new in the bread aisle.

Just recently Canada Bread asked consumers what they wanted in bread and, responding to this, developed a new line of breads to address health concerns about getting more fibre, more protein and eating less fat and sugar. Enter Dempster’s Healthy Way, a selection of three health-benefit breads, Double my Fibre! bread, (with 12 g of fibre,), Say No To Fat & Sugar! (lower calorie for those watching their weight) and Boost My Protein!, designed to help keep you fuller longer. (Dempster’s also offers its first ever gluten-free option with Dempster's Bakery Gluten Zero, available in both 100% whole grain and white varieties.)

With bread selections this good — why stop at just one sandwich?

Here's a selection courtesy of Dempster's — enjoy with your bread of choice!

Grilled Portobello Mushroom with Pesto Aioli

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices favourite bread (look for something of substance to showcase the meatiness of mushrooms)
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) prepared pesto
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium portobello mushroom, cut into thick slices
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (75 ml) shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) packed alfalfa sprouts

Directions:

Preheat grill to medium heat. Mix together pesto, mayonnaise and mustard, set aside. Toss mushroom slices with oil. Place on grill and grill for 5 minutes per slice. Spread pesto aioli over one slice of bread. Top with cabbage, mushroom, alfalfa sprouts, and remaining bread slice to form sandwich.

Serves 1.

Tips: For added protein, add a few slices of oven-roasted chicken breast.

Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry & Nut Tapenade Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices favourite bread
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) pitted kalamata olives
  • 3 whole toasted walnuts
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) packed basil
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) packed parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml) lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) olive oil
  • 2 Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) crumbled goat’s cheese
  • 2 slices oven-roasted turkey breast

Directions:

In a small food processor pulse cranberries, olives, walnuts, basil, parsley, lemon zest, mustard, vinegar and oil. Spread one slice of bread with 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) cranberry and nut tapenade. Top with lettuce, turkey slices, goat’s cheese and remaining bread slice to form sandwich.

Serves 1.

Roast Chicken with Pear & Brie Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices favourite bread
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) prepared caramelized onion jam
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) mixed salad greens
  • 3 thin slices Bartlett pear
  • 2 thin slices brie cheese
  • 1 Maple Leaf Prime® Naturally®* boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and sliced

Directions:

SPREAD one slice of bread with caramelized onion jam and Dijon mustard.

TOP with mixed greens, pear, Brie cheese, chicken and remaining bread slice to form sandwich.

Ricotta and Marsala spread: This is one of my favourite sandwich ingredients: 2-3 Tbsp. (30-45ml) fresh ricotta mixed with 1 Tbsp. (15ml) Marsala wine or port, 1 tsp. (5ml) sugar. Blend thoroughly and spread on two slices of crusty bread. Enjoy with a good latte!

 


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