J&J’s Gourmet Café, Red Hook: Hudson Valley Chicken BLT Sandwich

Hudson Valley magazine’s favorite gourmet sandwich from J&J’s Gourmet Café in Red Hook: Hudson Valley Chicken BLT Sandwich

The Hudson Valley and apples often go hand-in-hand; there are numerous bountiful orchards, apple-picking is a must-do for any autumn visitor, and we even have festivals that celebrate the not-so-forbidden fruit. So it stands to reason that a sandwich named after the Valley would be incomplete without this key ingredient. The Hudson Valley Chicken BLT at J & J’s Gourmet in Red Hook offers some of the best of what the region provides, layered between two slices of multigrain ciabatta: free-range chicken, gourmet herbal mayo, baby arugula, applewood smoked bacon, and sliced apples, all of which is sourced locally when possible. “What makes the sandwich popular is the combination of sweet and salty flavors, and smooth and crunchy textures,” says executive chef and owner Jennifer Stokes. “And the herbal mayonnaise adds a great zing.”

Stokes recommends keeping the meal even more local by pairing it with a Harney & Sons tea or a gourmet all-natural soda. The village of Red Hook attracts plenty of out-of-towners looking to savor the whole Valley experience, and this unique take on a traditional BLT offers just that. “Our café has a cozy atmosphere with a country flair,” she says, “but we definitely draw an upscale crowd of locals and visitors who appreciate our local ingredients and made-from-scratch menu.”

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