This messy sandwich uses the meatiest of all vegetables: the Portobello, a thick juicy mushroom that’s not at all like the slimy canned ones I came to fear in childhood. Grilled with a bit of garlic and balsamic, a smoky umami infuses the entire mushroom.
red bell pepper
This is a recipe for ambitious home cooks: there are multiple steps, and you’ll dirty a sauté pan, a sauce pan, and a paella pan—if you have one. You’ll chop, sauté, and grill. And, the payoff is huge.
When Paul Newman and I agreed to open Dressing Room, one of his first requests was that there always be a really good chopped salad on the menu. He loved an array of flavors and textures in each bite. This version is seasonal, fresh and delicious.
Pairs with mojitos!
Since the sauce is hearty and chunky, it’s perfect to make in the slow cooker. While any part of the chicken works great, Gina Homolka prefers to use skinless chicken thighs that are still on the bone. The chicken comes out so juicy and tender, and the bones add flavor to the sauce.
It’s tempting, on Thanksgiving, to put out a platter of cheese and crackers and be done with it. But why overwhelm people with rich nibbles? Offer up this (lighter!) easy make-ahead instead.