easy turkey pesto club

So we’re in the homestretch before the bar! It’s one week from tomorrow.  At this point, I’m more resigned than afraid (or in denial?), but I should still probably post this quick and scurry back to studying. Here’s a quick and easy toasted club sandwich with pesto mayo, sliced turkey and chicken, my favorite spreadable cheese from Laughing Cow, and the added bonus of a little turkey bacon. A pretty great study break that doesn’t take up too much time but is still tasty.

Easy Turkey Pesto Club
for two sandwiches.

3 rashers turkey bacon (or regular if you feel feisty)
4 slices hearty bread (I like Whole Grain Oatnut, a nice combo between whole grain and oatmeal that is healthy without being dry)
1 tbsp pesto (I use Buitoni)
1 tbsp mayonnaise
2 wedges Laughing Cow, Light French Onion (I LOVE these!)
4-6 leaves iceberg or romaine lettuce
3-4 oz (about 10 thin slices) sliced chicken
3-4 oz (about 10 thin slices) sliced turkey

1. First, rinse your lettuce leaves and pat dry. (Also, an amazing tip from Taste, Love, & Nourish — if they’re a bit wilted, soak them in cold water and they’ll regain their crispness by the time you’re ready to put your sandwich together.  I first tried this just last week and loved it!)
2. Place bacon in a cold skillet with a light layer of oil and turn the heat to medium.  Fry, turning often, until semi-crispy and fat is rendered.  Remove bacon.  For the turkey bacon it won’t be much grease, but still enough to toast your bread in, which I love 🙂  So, next:
2. Turn the heat to low and place bread in the skillet, moving the slices around a bit to absorb the bacon grease.  After 2-3 minutes (or when the underside is toasted; lift to check if you need to), flip to toast the other side.

Yeah… I got impatient.

3.  Spread the Laughing Cow on two pieces of toast (one for each sandwich) — one wedge per slice.  The heat will help it spread a bit, though I haven’t found it very difficult even if using cold bread.  (Note: I love Laughing Cow!  I feel like it adds so much flavor without being too heavy.  Another favorite sandwich is just chicken, lettuce, a light layer of honey mustard and mayo, and this cheese.  Try it if you’re lazy like me 🙂 )


4. Next, take the other empty slices and spread mayo and pesto on each.  Here, you can either briefly whisk together the mayo and pesto before spreading, or just spread the mayo and pesto on, one half-tablespoon of each for each sandwich.  It doesn’t really matter 🙂 Whatever is quickest!  (And also you can say screw it and totally ignore these directions, which is evidently what I did, judging from these photos.)
5. Finally, pile on lettuce, chicken (about 5 slices per sandwich), turkey (same), put it all together, slice into halves if you feel fancy, and serve.

Here’s one of me, ignoring my own directions.




I hope everyone’s having a good Monday! Thanks for reading — and to any other bar-takers who might be reading this, good luck!!


  1. says:

    July 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I’m so excited that you found that tip for soaking your greens helpful! It’s kind of amazing to watch it happen, isn’t it? OK, so this sandwich is making me so hungry right now! I was just going to throw some pasta together for dinner tonight, but you have me rethinking that plan! Club sandwiches are my favorite. They are the perfect combination of flavors and textures. I love that you use Laughing Cow…embarrassing story ahead…my sister and I called it HahaMoo cheese when we were little…yeah, I told you it was embarrassing! Thanks for the mention…you’re a doll!

    • says:

      July 23, 2013 at 1:21 am

      Hahaha you have NO idea how hard we laughed here when I read your comment! I love it (and I kind of want to call it that now!) Thank you so much for your awesome tip and for taking the time to comment, it means so much! (And PS, I’m still eating those amazing fudge cookies, a couple each day haha 🙂 )

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Hahaha THANK YOU! Funnily, I’ve actually already taken it (thank goodness) and passed (thank double triple quadruple goodness) — my email notif juts went out for this for some weird reason. But I’m glad you like the sandwich because it makes the awkward six-month-late notification worth it 😉 And thank you anyway for the good luck!! I def needed it. Oy. 😉

  2. says:

    February 28, 2014 at 10:04 am

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!! You are going to rock it, I just know it!! And then you can share delicious recipes with us all day long once you’re a fancy lawyer right?? Actual law stuff aside…

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Haha, thank you SO much, Erika!!! Thankfully, I’ve actually already taken it — it was at the end of July (and I have been blocking out the memory of it ever since). I don’t know why, but the email notification went out to everyone about this post yesterday. Maybe the law gods reminding me of my suffering. But I passed, yippee 😉 And thanks anyway! 😀

      • says:

        February 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        Oh pfft. Way to look at the date, me. BUT YAY CONGRATS!!! Glad that is over and done with–such a huge accomplishment!

        (omg I still feel dumb. There was confusion on so many levels while reading the post yet I just breezed right through it!)

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