Hope all my friends had a great valentine’s day. Today I am posting a very filling, healthy, attractive sandwich which was an instant hit with my family.
Sandwich is normally a term used to describe one or two bread slices with one or more fillings in between them. One can make so many variations by changing the fillings. There’s an interesting story behind ‘why sandwiches are called a sandwich’. Sandwiches are called "sandwiches" after John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. The story is that he was such an avid gambler that he refused to break for meals, asking instead that cold meat on bread be brought to him so he could eat while continuing to gamble.
This particular sandwich was inspired by something which I had seen on TV show. I was attracted by the colour and the flavours going into it and I was eager to try it. I changed a few ingredients and spices and made this version which takes you straight to Italy when you bite into it, all the Italian flavours explode in the mouth. One can grill the sandwich, like I did or else just eat it like that. The best part of this sandwich is that so many veggies go into it making it a very nutritive choice. This is perfect for lunch box and even as an evening snack.
Ingredients (makes 4)
12- whole wheat bread slices
For Yellow Mix
1 cup frozen corn crushed
1 yellow capsicum chopped
1 large garlic pod
1/2 tsp. mustard
2 tsp. red chilli flakes
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt to taste
1 tsp. olive oil
For Green Mix
1 cup frozen peas crushed
1 green capsicum chopped
3 tbsp. pesto sauce
2 tsp. chopped green chillies
salt to taste
1 tsp. oil
For Pesto Sauce
2 cups basil leaves
1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
1 tsp. garlic
3 tbsp. EVOO
1 tsp. black peppercorns
1/2 tsp. salt
For Pesto sauce-
In a mixer jar first grind garlic followed by peppercorns and pine nuts. Add salt to taste, basil leaves and EVOO and grind to a paste, if required add a few drops of water.
For Yellow Mix-
Heat oil and add crushed garlic, do not let it brown and add the crushed corn, mustard and sauté. Add the chilli flakes and Italian seasoning.
Add the chopped capsicum and sauté.
For the Green Mix
Heat a tsp. of oil and add the green chillies followed by crushed peas.
Tip in the chopped green capsicum and salt.
Mix about 3 spoons of pesto sauce and mix thoroughly.
For Assembling Sandwich
Apply butter on two bread slices and keep these layers outside.
On one such bread slice on the inner side apply a layer of yellow mix.
Keep a plain bread slice over the yellow mix and cover it completely.
On the plain slice apply a layer of green mix.
Then cover this layer by the second buttered bread slice with the butter facing outside and grill it.
Cut into halves and serve hot with pesto sauce and tomato sauce.
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