Last Updated July 6th, 2018 at 03:42 pm by Lisa
Yummy Picnic Basket Pressed Sandwiches are both neat to eat, and easy to make! Made in minutes, can be made ahead, and store well overnight in the fridge.
Pop into a picnic basket or cooler, and head off to the beach, a concert, or a picnic in the park. These sandwiches will have people talking..talking about how good they taste!
Keep the pressed sandwich refrigerated and tightly wrapped in plastic wrap. Cut into wedges and enjoy.
How to Make Pressed Sandwiches:
The secret to this sandwich is to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and to press or weight it down between 2 cookie sheets. Use cans or jars in the fridge to “press” the sandwich flatter. It will cut very easily when cold, and looks so pretty!
- 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar red is fine too
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives finely chopped (or use olive tapenade)
- 1/4 cup capers drained and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup pepperoncini's finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1 Italian Round Boulle Bread Loaf
- 6-8 slices Colby cheese or cheese you like
- 10-12 slices Italian dry salami
- 8 slices turkey or chicken deli meat
- 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach
- Optional sandwich filling ideas: ham pepperoni, roasted red peppers, different cheeses, artichoke spread, and chopped olives-any kind.
In a small bowl, mix the olives (or olive tapenade), pepperoncinis, parsley, olive oil, vinegar, capers, and black pepper.
Slice the round boule loaf in half, cutting off the top from the bottom. Scoop out the bread from the top and bottom, leave about a 1/2 inch shell to allow the filling to be pressed flat in the bread loaf.
Spread 1 cup of the olive mixture on the bread bottom.
Next, layer all the sandwich ingredients: cheese, deli meats, spinach, spreads or toppings you like. Add the rest of the olive mixture if you have any left.
Place the top on the sandwich, wrap tightly in a couple long pieces of plastic wrap. Place the sandwich in between 2 cookie sheets weighted down with cans or jars to press down the sandwich.
Keep in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight.
Cut into 8 wedges and serve with side salads and watermelon.
Use small paper takeout boxes ordered inexpensively online for salads, fruit, and sides.
Pass out boxes at your picnic to eat right from the boxes, or pass containers and serve onto plates.
My husband Anthony had two of these little boxes for his lunch today, this is his very favorite Macaroni Salad -Dot’s Original Family Recipe, of course, because it is his Mom’s family recipe!
Glad these are not real ants marching at our picnic today!
Get your cooler or basket packed and go have a picnic..go on.. get going!
All the Best,