My absolute favorite place to eat in our town is called The Pop Shop. When you step in you feel like you have been transported back to the 1950’s with their great wall pictures and vintage clocks. It has a great vibe to it and did I mention that they have 30 grilled cheeses that you can choose from?! Pure amazingness. Even better they serve up ice cream and we never leave without having either a sundae or shake. They are also famous because they were featured on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown for a grilled cheese throwdown. My husband always gets the Calvert which is the grilled cheese they put into the competition. They also feature Bobby Flay’s version on their menu called the 5 B’s.
My favorite doesn’t happen to be either of those two, but still it is absolutely delicious. I decided that I would try and recreate my favorite sandwich from their restaurant for all you readers that are not local. Normally it is served on focaccia bread, but I didn’t have time to make any so I had picked up some panini rolls. Next time I will definitely use the focaccia since I think it will be a little easier to work with the mountain of goodies on this sandwich. All the flavors of this sandwich work perfectly together to deliver some cheesy goodness. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend dining here, but if not maybe this sandwich will suffice.
2 chicken breasts
sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
mozzarella cheese, sliced
focaccia bread or a panini roll
balsamic mayo (ingredients follow)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
What you’ll do:
Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and black pepper in a small dish. Set aside. Season chicken with salt & pepper and cook however you desire. I used my grill pan to cook mine. Let chicken rest & then slice into thin slices. On your choice of bread, spread prepared mayo on both sides. Layer sun dried tomatoes, avocado, chicken, and finally the mozzarella. On a panini press or heated pan, heat sandwich until cheese is melted. You can also create a “dome” using a bowl or pot to help melt the cheese.
Source: Inspired by the Pop Shop