Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches – Iowa Girl Eats

I really enjoy a chicken caesar salad wrap, so I thought I would try this Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich from Iowa Girl Eats.

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Ingredients

Chicken, Caesar dressing, Parmesan cheese, Parsley flakes, Romaine lettuce, Sandwich thins, Butter, Garlic powder. 7/10

Poached Chicken Breast

Level of difficulty

The recipe is straightforward.  You do need to keep an eye on the sandwich thins though, to make sure they don’t burn. 8/10.

Shredded Poached Chicken

Time taken to prepare

The chicken takes a while to poach and the recipe then suggests waiting for it to cool a while before mixing it with the dressing and other ingredients.  It’s not a throw it together sandwich. 6/10

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

The food

I find poached chicken a little bit bland, but it does stay fairly juicy when cooked this way. I liked the way the chicken, dressing and parmesan are mixed together over a heat, before going into the bread.  A good quality caesar dressing is essential for this recipe. The garlic powder was a subtle flavouring, as fresh garlic would probably have been overpowering in this recipe. I have never cooked with sandwich thins before and I’m not sure I really like them.  I would probably use pitta or a bap if I made it again.  7/10

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Overall

This was a great sandwich and as if you prepare the chicken in advance, it wouldn’t take long to cook. 7/10

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

With the seasons changing and a crisper feel to the air, thoughts turn to Halloween and pumpkins.  I was looking for a great pumpkin caesar salad recipe and could only find this Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds from The Local Palate, so I that’s what I chose!  The original is made with kale, but I chose to make it with romaine lettuce.

Rating 7/10

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

Garlic, Lemon Juice, Anchovies, Worcestershire Sauce, Egg Yolk, Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese, Pumpkin, Cayenne Pepper, Melted Butter, Romaine Lettuce. 7/10.

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Level of difficulty

Making an olive oil based caesar salad dressing can be tricky, if you haven’t made one before, but that’s probably the most difficult part of this recipe. 7/10

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Time taken to prepare

The pumpkin flesh and seeds need to be cooked separately, which takes a little while and both have to be prepared in advance.  The dressing takes some time, but can be made while the pumpkin and seeds are cooking. This is definitely not a throw it together at the last minute dish. 6/10

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

The food

The basic ingredients are fairly standard, but the pumpkin flesh and seeds add a lovely seasonal twist to a basic caesar salad recipe. The smell of the pumpkin seeds cooking was heavenly and I my mouth was watering before I had managed to finish preparing the recipe.  I used romaine lettuce rather than kale, so I’m not sure how much difference that would have made to the flavour of the finished salad.  The flavours were nicely rounded and the spicy pumpkin seeds tasted just as good as they smelled.  The pumpkin could probably have take a little more seasoning, but it all worked well together. 8/10

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Caesar Salad with Pumpkin Croutons and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Overall

For a slightly different kind of caesar salad, this worked really well and is definitely worth a try when pumpkins are in season.  I think that there is more that could be done with the pumpkin itself and trying this recipe has inspired me to experiment with cooking pumpkins. 7/10