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Thursday, July 21, 2016


Top Chef Anna Hansen's take on the classic club sandwich from Modern Pantry in London.
Editor’s note: Each month, British Airways popular “Club” magazine publishes as a regular feature a club sandwich recipe contributed by a world class chef.  BA is kind to share the recipe with bloggers.  In its June 2016 edition “Club Magazine” featured Chef Anna Hansen .  Here’s her very Commonwealth- take on the Club Sandwich:

Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised chef Anna Hansen heads up The Modern Pantry in London’s Clerkenwell. Last year she opened a second branch of the successful eaterie. Here she shares her thoughts on the world’s most famous sandwich

“I came across the Club Sandwich at an early age. In New Zealand I made my first one at primary school, with ham, mustard mayonnaise and iceberg lettuce.

“Recently I’ve been serving a Club Sandwich on our Afternoon Tea menu at The Modern Pantry. It’s really popular, so I’m often in the kitchen making them. The key ingredient is freshly baked bread. We use our za’atar (a Middle Eastern, citrusy/herby spice) focaccia, which remains soft and fluffy but holds up against the sandwich’s ingredients.

“Chefs love to be creative and a Club Sandwich is perfect for that. It allows us to keep pushing ourselves to create something new that still retains the basic elements.

“My twist features roast chicken with wild garlic pesto, smoked chilli jam, mayonnaise, roast peppers and rocket on za’atar focaccia.

Anna Hansen’s Club Sandwich

Ingredients (makes one sandwich)

1 chicken breast

1 red pepper

1 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

Slices of za’atar focaccia

Handful of spinach or rocket leaves

For the wild garlic pesto:

1 bunch wild garlic

2 bunches basil

1 handful pine nuts

½ handful smoked almonds

2 tbsp miso paste

Juice of a lemon

Handful of grated Parmesan

Olive oil

Salt and pepper


1. In the oven, roast the chicken breast with thyme, oil, salt and pepper until cooked through, approximately 30 minutes.

2. At the same time, roast the red pepper with a little olive oil, salt and pepper until soft, approximately 25 minutes.

3. To make the pesto, blitz everything except the olive oil in a food processor until roughly chopped, then trickle in the oil with the motor running until the desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with salt and pepper and more lemon juice if needed.

4. Mix the mayonnaise with the sweet chilli sauce to taste.

5. To assemble the sandwich, spread a thin layer of pesto on the bottom layer of bread and some mayo on another slice. 

6. Slice the red pepper and chicken into strips and place on the bottom slice of bread. Then add the second slice of bread, mayonnaise side down.

7. Spread some more pesto on top of this slice then add baby spinach or rocket leaves.

8. Season with salt and pepper, spread a little mayo on the final slice of bread and place on top.

(posted images below were not obtained from "Club" Magazine)

MODERN PANTRY: 47-48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, Greater London EC1V 4JJ, United Kingdom
Casual cafe and upscale upstairs dining room showcasing New Zealand chef's grown up fusion food.
Modern Pantry's outdoor seating
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