Alan Richman for The Italian Slow Cooker

It’s not often that the stars are in perfect alignment, or that two such stellar eating occasions as World Nutella Day and Superbowl Sunday occur on consecuive days. But since that is the case this coming weekend, I’m planning to  celebrate the event with Nutella Pizza and Slow Cooker Sandwiches.

Of course, the sandwiches don’t cook in the slow cooker, just the filling does.  In this case it is Chicken Parmesan, a fuss free recipe from a made ahead sauce, or if you must, you can use a store-bought one.  Homemade tomato sauce is not only infinitely better than store-bought, it is also a lot less expensive and better for you.  But we can talk about that more another day.

Here is the recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches from The Italian Slow Cooker.  The chicken poaches gently in the tomato and stays moist and tender.   Good Parmigiano-Reggiano,  sweet mozzarella, and fresh basil make it sing.  It doesn’t get much easier or more delicious than this!


(adapted from The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone)

Serves 6

4 cups Sweet Tomato Sauce or Red Wine Tomato Sauce from The Italian Slow Cooker

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 6 slices

6 basil leaves

6 hero rolls

Pour the tomato sauce into a large slow cooker.  Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and place the pieces overlapping slightly in the sauce.   Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.

Sprinkle the chicken with the Parmigiano-Reggiano and top each piece with a slice of mozzarella and a basil leaf.  Cover and cook 15 minutes more or until the chicken is melted.

Cut the rolls partially open and fill each one with a chicken breast.  Cut the sandwiches in half.  Serve hot with lots of napkins.

After the sandwiches, try a gooey hot Nutella Pizza for dessert.  I first encountered these when Charles and I were writing our book, Pizza Any Way You Slice It! Chocolate lovers and pizza lovers can’t resist it.  I don’t think there is anybody else, is there?

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