Sandwiches are always a great idea during picnics. It's the easiest thing to eat while sitting on a blanket or a park bench - no need for plates or cutlery! Plus, it's just as easy to prepare and doesn't require any cooking or baking.
Italian Pressed Sandwiches (The Cilantropist)
The Cilantropist has a recipe called Italian Pressed Sandwiches which would be a perfect thing to make for a family picnic. The sandwich is bursting with Italian flavors, thanks to the rustic cooking-inspired combination of Soppressata (Italian dry salami), provolone, roasted tomatoes, pesto and basil all encased between two layers of ciabatta.
"Once your sandwich is 'pressed,' you can slice your loaf into larger sandwiches, if perhaps you have several hungry Italian men coming to your picnic."Ingredients:
- 1 loaf of ciabatta bread
- 1/4 lb very thinly sliced good-quality sopressata (hot or sweet depending on your taste)
- 1/3-1/2 lb sliced provolone cheese
- 8 oz roasted tomatoes, purchased (or use this recipe, minus the thyme)
- About 3 tbsp pesto, purchased (or use this recipe, or your own)
- 1 large bunch, or 2 small bunches of basil, leaves torn from the stems
Vegetarian Stuffed Picnic Sandwich Recipe (Lavender and Lovage)
If you're trying to stay away from meat, you might want to try this Vegetarian Stuffed Picnic Sandwich Recipe (Lavender and Lovage). It's made of wholesome ingredients including lettuce, egg & cress sandwich filling, onions, tomatoes, cornichons (miniscule sour French pickles) and herbs. It's meat-free but not short on flavors!
Ingredients (makes 4):
- 1 large baguette or pain
- a little olive oil
- lettuce leaves
- 2 x Egg and Cress sandwich filling
- 1/2 red onion, peeled and thinly slices into rings
- 4 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 4 to 8 cornichons, depending on size, thinly sliced
- fresh herbs such as basil to garnish
- salt and pepper to taste
Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches (Feed Me Seymour)
This Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches from Feed Me Seymour is a great and filling sandwich to make for a big picnic lunch with the whole family. With the triumvirate capicola (Italian cured meat), Genoa salami and ham, this is one meaty sandwich that will definitely satisfy your big cravings!
"I think pressed picnic sandwiches are meant to be classy foods but hey, I gave it a Philly spin by filling that fancy sandwich with all my favorite Italian hoagie ingredients. It goes perfectly with Gallo’s Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep richness of the wine doesn’t overpower but perfectly compliments the sandwich."
- 1 large loaf of Italian bread
- 2 Tbsp. hoagie oil (found in the deli at your grocery store)
- 8 slices capicola
- 8 slices Genoa salami
- 8 slices ham
- 8 slices provolone cheese
- 1/4 yellow onion, finely sliced
- 2 to 3 large lettuce leaves, chopped
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
To keep bread from being soggy when making sandwiches, spread a thin layer of butter on it before putting your dressing. This would create a layer of oil that will prevent the dressing from permeating the bread.
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