I still love weekends, even though I'm not technically part of the work force anymore. Fridays were my favorite day of the week as a school-aged kid. It remained my favorite day all the way through college, and even up through all my subsequent jobs. The day I quit my corporate job? Well, it was a Tuesday, but Fridays were still my favorite day at that point. I mean, aren't Fridays the best? When it's 5 o'clock pm after a long workweek, and you still have the entire weekend of possibilities in front of you? I loved that feeling.
Until it was Sunday night, of course.
Fridays aren't the same anymore, but they are still one of my favorite days. Maybe because everyone else still walks around with that magical feeling, and I feed off them? Who knows.
I'm not sure why I'm feeling so "Friday" today. The hubby is working the day shift all weekend, it's a not a Friday payday, and I have no plans. LOL. Just one of those days. To be honest, I plan on gardening this weekend. The hubby has today off, so we are headed to an organic seed store in the area. I'm not sure why, but I didn't order any herbs offline. Silly me. So I'm still in search of thyme, lavender, mint, and basil. And dirt. I plan on planting a lot of my flowers, and possibly some of my herbs. I may even start my zucchini and cucumber inside this weekend. I'm trying to be patient with those though, mainly because my starts were huge in like 2 weeks last year and I ended up having to kill them. It should be a relaxing weekend.
And what better way to head into the weekend than with easy-peasy sandwiches? Easy-peasy sandwiches that also happen to be filling and delicious?
You know the answer. Just make the sandwiches :)
A lot of you may know that two of my college jobs were:
1. Baskin-Robbins- ice cream. Nuff' said.
2. The bank where I started as a teller and left as an operations analyst.
Something many of you may not know is I spent the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college working at Big Town Hero. As far as I know, Big Town Hero is a regional restaurant, only having locations in Oregon, Washington, and California. I miss it tremendously, obviously being located some 2700 miles form any location. My hands-down, slap-me-in-the-face, throw-water-at-me favorite sandwich was the Turkey Bacon Avocado.
Big Town Hero's Turkey Bacon Avocado entered my life when I was at the tender age of 19. I was still at an immature point in my palette-devolpement, one where I didn't touch avocados with a ten foot pole. I think I actually tasted avocado by accident one day. It was a busy lunch service at the mall location (the guy I worked for had franchised 2 locations in my hometown). Lettuce was flying, meatballs were stuck to the ceiling, and I realized I had avocado on my wrist. Without even thinking, I tasted it.
And that folks, is all she wrote.
I've never balked at an avocado since. I seek them, I crave them, I destroy them. I can't imagine a life without.
So, besides the totally awesome and delicious guacamole on the sandwich, my other secret for making this recipe a flavor powerhouse is my Poppyseed Dressing.
I slightly dressed my shredded lettuce with Poppyseed Dressing before putting the lettuce on the sandwich. The result? Awesomeness.
Here at the Jarrell residence, we served these sandwiches with halved strawberries and potato chips. I used leftover Slow Cooker Turkey Breast for my sandwiches, but feel free to substitute deli-turkey meat. I also used homemade guacamole, but again, you could substitute commercial there too. These are perfect for a busy week night. Throw all the ingredients on bread and toss them under the broiler. In less than 5 minutes, you'll have toasty sandwiches hot from the oven. Way quicker than leaving the house for takeout!
I'm off to go get dressed. If you would have told me even 2 years ago that I'd be excited to go pick out seeds from the garden store, I would have looked at you like you have 3 heads. Life is just crazy that way :)
Have a great weekend everyone!
Ingredients (makes 2 sandwiches):
2 ciabatta rolls, halved
2 tbsp mayo
6 oz turkey breast (try this turkey breast recipe!)
3 slices of bacon, cooked
1 tomato, sliced
2 slices of provolone cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup Guacamole
1. Turn oven broiler on. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Place ciabatta roll halves on cookie sheet. On the top half of rolls, spread 1 tbsp mayo. On bottom half of rolls, layer 3 oz turkey. Follow with 1 1/2 slices of bacon on each sandwich. Follow with tomato. Top with slice of cheese on each sandwich.
3. Place cookie sheet in oven. Broil for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and getting bubbly. Remove tray from oven.
4. In a small bowl, add shredded lettuce. Add poppyseed dressing to taste (anywhere from 1-3 tsp). Toss to combine.
5. Top sandwich bottoms with 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 1/4 cup guacamole. Sandwich with top of ciabatta rolls. Serve immediately.
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