smoked chicken and sun-dried tomato sandwiches with basil olive pesto

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Servs: 4

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  • add   a long loaf (about 20 inches) French or Italian bread
  • add   1 large garlic clove
  • add   1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, washed well and spun dry
  • add   6 to 8 ounces smoked chicken breast, sliced thin
  • add   about 1/2 cup basil olive pesto
  • add   1/3 cup pine nuts
  • add   <B>BASIL OLIVE PESTO</B>
  • add   3 ounces dried tomatoes (about 3/4 cup), not packed in oil
  • add   1 cup packed fresh parsley leaves (preferably flat-leaf), washed well and spun dry
  • add   <B>For Sandwiches</B>
  • add   1/4 cup olive oil
  • add   Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.
  • add   1/4 cup Kalamata or other brine-cured black olives, pitted and chopped fine
  • add   1/2 bunch arugula, trimmed, washed well, and spun dry (about 1 cup)

Instructions

  1. Make sandwiches:
  2. In a heatproof bowl pour enough boiling water over tomatoes to cover and let stand 20 to 30 minutes, or until soft. Drain tomatoes and pat dry.
  3. Cut loaf diagonally into 4 pieces and halve each piece horizontally. Spread pesto on cut sides of bread and make 4 sandwiches with chicken, tomatoes, and arugula.
  4. Make Basil Olive Pesto:
  5. To a food processor with motor running add garlic and blend until minced. Add basil, parsley, and nuts and blend well. Add oil and blend until smooth. Transfer pesto to a bowl and stir in olives. Pesto may be made 5 days ahead and chilled, surface covered tightly with plastic wrap.
  6. Bring pesto to room temperature before using. Makes about 3/4 cup.

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