; Supermarket Serenade: Mini Chicken Sandwiches with Veggie Spread

Friday, September 5, 2008

Mini Chicken Sandwiches with Veggie Spread

Why is it that if it's little it seems to tastes better?

Well that's what my kids always thought anyway. When they were really little, I would often cut my kids sandwiches into shapes with cookie cutters and magically a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread became worthy of being eaten. Even Oscar Mayer seemed to know what was going on in my kitchen - they came out with those Lunchables and of course my kids had to have them...they're little sandwiches, they're cute (I'm sure the candy and sugary juice drink that I would never have included in their lunch boxes helped too). I have found now that I actually prefer "little" sandwiches too, but that's probably because then I can eat two of them and feel like I'm getting away with something.

A creamy vegetable spread is the base for these sandwiches made using "cocktail bread". The spread can use any variety of vegetables. An obvious addition would be scallions-I've excluded them here because my family prefers to not have an "oniony" tasting spread. I had a hard time not eating all the spread, because it's rather tasty by itself just spread on the cocktail bread.
Fillings could vary according to your personal taste, but I've used sliced Boar's Head Chicken breast from my supermarket. Boar's Head in my opinion has the best tasting cold cuts-when we first moved here from New York I was devastated that you could not buy Boar's Head brand...but thankfully a makeover at our local Stop and Shop a few years later brought with it Boar's Head brand and all is now well.

Mini Chicken Sandwiches with Veggie Spread

Veggie Spread:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons finely chopped carrot
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
pinch of salt
16 slices pumpernickel cocktail bread (2"x2")
Romaine lettuce
1/2 pound good quality sliced chicken breast
1 large ripe tomato
1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and thinly slice
In a small food processor combine the cream cheese, carrot, jalapeno pepper, sun-dried tomatoes and salt; process just until combined (it's best if it's left a little chunky).

Spread a generous amount of the veggie spread onto 8 slices of the cocktail bread. Top the spread with a slice of Romaine lettuce, cut to fit the bread. Follow with a few slices of the chicken breast, a tomato slice and/or an avocado slice. Top sandwiches with the remaining bread slices.

Please don't forget to vote for my recipe on Dole Way to Snack! See the upper right hand corner of the screen for a link. I only need about 10,000 more votes to win the trip to Hawaii!!


Aggie said...

That veggie spread looks and sounds delicious. I love spreads...and love when they have fresh veggies in them. Great looking sandwiches!!

Anonymous said...

Between you and Prudy today... I'm needin a sandwich in a bad way. Grf! I don't even like sandwiches.
As for the "smaller is better" debate... well, when things are smaller, you get more "goodies" to bread ratio... making it taste better? I like small too.

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks great! Perfect weeknight sandwich!

Grace said...

avocado and sun-dried tomato in the same dish is enough to send me to cloud nine, but to make said dish miniaturized...well, that's irresistible. :)

Beth said...

I always cut my daughters sandwiches into shapes - she prefers the stars!!The veggie spread sounds great.

Veggie Mom said...

Hope you win that trip to Hawaii! I voted for you!! And, as always, I'm going to try these sandwiches this weekend!!!

Prudy said...

Those are too adorable and I love the dark bread combo with the veggie spread. I'll keep voting for you to win that trip.

Anonymous said...

This spread looks wonderful! I love Boar's Head too. I've tried pulling a fast one on my family by buying the cheap stuff, but they always call me out!

Bridgett said...

I love the ingredients for the spread but your pictures looks so vibrant and delicious that I could easily eat one of these.

Lisa said...

Yum! I could even eat the spread on a bagel.

Robin Sue said...

I think that spread is a great way to get veggies into my kids. That sandwich looks great. Heck with the kids I want one. I like the Boar's Head brand as well!