Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hermes (aka Chicken Caesar Wraps)

For my second half of college my (now) husband and I lived in the same town while attending two different colleges.  I had a tiny efficiency apartment that had roaches crickets for one year, and a teeny-tiny bedroom in a house with two girls the other year.  He, however, lived in a large house with 4 other people for the last two years of school.  I loved being close to him (the first two years of college are a long, depressing, and boring story), but we had really different schedules.  He was an engineering student who spent about 30 hours a day studying, and worked at the library here and there between classes.  My classes had a lot of homework and not a ton of studying, but I did work at a hospital from 5:30am until I went to class at 9:00am.  Then I'd go back to work for an hour or so after class.  It worked out really well for me, but I was always surprised by how much I didn't see my boyfriend who only lived two blocks away.  Even when he and his roommates took a break from studying and threw a party, I generally was asleep before the guests even showed up!  One of my favorite things his house-mates all did together was to cook dinner before a party (yup, they were even nice enough to include me).  This gave me an excuse to eat, enjoy other people, and socialize before my normal bedtime of 10:00 (yes, this is the start time of most college parties.  Yes, I'm lame.  Yes, I'm even lamer now).  Anyway, the usual dinner of choice was either tacos or Hermes.  (pronounced Her-me's--not all fancy-like).  Apparently Mike's friend W spent his childhood between several countries as a military child and this is a lunch he got in Italy very often.  I can't vouch for the story, and I definitely can't make them as well as his Mom!  I'm not going to give definitive measurements in the recipe because it's a taste as you go kind of meal.  I'm not a huge Mayo fan, so I use a little less of that than the Caesar dressing, but you can switch things up however you like.  Also, feel free to mix things up--avocado, roasted tomatoes, toasted pecans are all great in the mix.  Serve it in warm pitas, flour tortillas, or just scoop it into a bowl.

It can't get any simpler.  Toss the ingredients in a bowl and then serve!  

Hermes (aka Chicken Caesar Wraps)
2 hearts of romaine (or 1 iceberg head), chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2# bacon, cooked until crispy and then crumbled (use more/less if desired)
2 small chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces, then cook in 1 Tbl bacon fat 
shredded cheddar cheese (~1 Cup)
mayo (~1/4 Cup)
Caesar Dressing (~1/4 Cup)
Pepper (~2 tsp)

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and make sure to taste as you go-adjust measurements as needed for your taste.  Serve on tortillas, pitas, or as a salad.  

I'm linking up to A Little Nosh's Tastetastic Thursday.