Tom and I both woke up craving a good deli sandwich. But the drive to one of our favorite sandwich places in Ballard in the heavy rain sounded miserable.
So, I decided to create my version of a great sandwich: "The Other Coast Deli's" Rajun Cajun™: It has Cajun Turkey, Pepper Jack Cheese, Tomato, Onion, SPICY Salsa Mayo. Our Best Seller!" (If you find yourself in Ballard, you must try it. You will even crave it.)
A short drive to the store where I picked up a long loaf of fresh baguette and hunted for turkey deli meat. After 10 minutes and with the help of the deli lady, she produced a sad chunk of cajun turkey that she'd be happy to slice. I could not bring myself to buy it, so I grabbed some fresh chicken breasts to roast my own.
I heavily seasoned the chicken breast with Cajun seasoning, fresh ground pepper, sea salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Popped it in a 425 degree oven to roast it for about 12-15 minutes. Don't overcook your chicken - remember it continues cooking as it rests.
I sliced my tomato, red onion, pepper jack cheese thin and because it's valentines this week and we like it HOT, I added fresh jalapenos.
rajun' cajun sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
freshly ground black pepper
In a medium mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, parsley, mustard, Cajun/Creole seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Stir to mix well. Transfer to serving bowl and refrigerate until serving.
the sandwich makings
thinly sliced cajun turkey or chicken.
sliced fresh tomatoes
sliced red onion
pepper jack cheese slices
Slice the baguette and place desired amount of cheese on it. Slice the chicken breast thin and place on the other side of the baguette. Toast in a hot 400 degree oven until cheese gets bubbly.
Remove from the oven, add your toppings and smother with the cajun mayo sauce. Then wrap tight in deli paper or parchment and let it sit for a few seconds so the flavors meld and the sandwich gets juicy.
Unwrap and eat. Have 200 napkins by your side 'cause you're going to need them.