Cali Paradise Club Sandwich

By ARAMARK 1st Place Recipe Contest Winner by Chef Marino


12 oz fresh California strawberries, cleaned, stemmed and sliced

3/4 c rice vinegar

3/4 c olive oil

1-1/2 oz sugar

2 oz scallions, sliced

3 lbs fresh California strawberries, cleaned, stemmed and sliced

1-1/2 lbs crumbled Feta cheese

1 lb + 2 oz Ricotta cheese

6 oz low-fat vanilla yogurt

3 oz sugar


4 oz honey

3 tbsp cracked black pepper

12 (7 1/2-Inch) French rolls

2 tbsp olive oil

1 oz shredded Parmesan cheese

1-1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 lbs fresh California strawberries, cleaned, stemmed and sliced

1-1/2 lbs whole Bibb lettuce leaves, cleaned and drained

1-1/2 c sliced almonds, toasted


Strawberry Vinaigrette

In a food processor, combine strawberries, vinegar, oil and sugar. Process 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Stir in scallions.

Strawberry Salad

Combine strawberries, Feta and Strawberry Vinaigrette. Toss to mix.

Ricotta Spread

Mix ingredients until well blended. Cover and reserve.

Honey-Pepper Bacon

Heat a convection oven to 350 degrees F or a standard oven to 400 degrees F.

On sheet pans, arrange turkey bacon in single layer. Brush with honey; sprinkle with pepper.

Bake 6-8 minutes or until bacon is browned.

Parmesan Sandwich Rolls

Heat convection oven to 375 degrees F or standard oven to 425 degrees F.

On a parchment-lined sheet pan, place rolls 1-inch apart. Brush tops of rolls with oil; sprinkle with cheese and pepper.

Bake 4-6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cool to room temperature.

Assembly and Service

Spread 2 ounces Ricotta Spread on cut sides of each cooled Parmesan sandwich roll. Layer bottom half of roll with 4 ounces. strawberries, about 6 lettuce leaves and 6 strips cooked Honey-Pepper turkey bacon.

Place top half of roll on sandwich and cut in half diagonally.

Place 1/2 sandwich on plate. Place 3 lettuce leaves on the side; top with 4 ounces Strawberry Salad and sprinkle salad with 1 Tablespoon almonds.