Recipe: The Perfect Super Bowl Sandwich

denise vivaldo shares her secret on how to make "The Perfect Super Bowl Sandwich"

What’s for Dinner?

The Perfect Super Bowl Sandwich

A zesty way to kick off your 2009 football feast

-Denise Vivaldo

Every year my husband and I attend a friend’s Super Bowl party. It’s fun, but the food never changes. This year I vowed that I am going to bring something different. No chicken wings, chips or pizza; after all, I’ve written four cookbooks, certainly I can do better than that!

Armed with lots of ideas, I ran a “test sandwich” day. My husband picked the winner, a grilled chicken sandwich with sun-dried tomato pesto and fresh arugula. I bought great, big sourdough rolls at the bakery, toasted them and while they were still warm spread on the pesto, piled on the chicken and cheese and added just a touch of arugula. This sandwich tastes great served warm or cold. The arugula adds just the right amount of spice. The sandwiches can be made the night before if you wrap them well and refrigerate. And, they’re delicious served with white wine or beer.

The recipe below makes 12 sandwiches

perfect super bowl sandwichIngredients:

6 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
12 sandwich rolls, sliced in half
1 ¼ cups sundried tomato pesto
2 ½ pounds fresh mozzarella
3 ounces of fresh arugula


1. Preheat your grill or grill pan to high heat.

2. Make two thin fillets from each chicken breast by cutting them all the way through horizontally.

3. Brush both sides of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

4. Grill the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. (The chicken can be grilled the day before, just set aside, cool and refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the sandwiches.)

5. Spread the inside of the rolls with the sun-dried tomato pesto.

6. Place a piece of chicken and two pieces of cheese on the bottom of each roll.

7. Top cheese with arugula and the tops of the rolls.

Betty Timesaver Tip: Some of the sell-in-bulk club stores stock pre-grilled frozen chicken breasts. You might want to buy a bag for a taste test and see if you can’t use them to cut your prep time!

Denise Vivaldo is the author of Do It For Less! Parties. For more on Denise, go to

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