Mediterranean Picnic Sandwich
 
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Ciabatta stuffed mediterranean sandwich made with pesto, red peppers, artichokes, avocado, mozzarella, proscuitto and a drizzle of olive oil. Must be prepared the day before
Glamorous Glutton:
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf ciabatta crispy bread
  • 130g pesto, fresh is best but a jar is fine
  • 28g jar of prepared red peppers
  • 260g jar of artichoke hearts
  • 1 Avocado halved and sliced
  • 1 ball of mozzarella cheese sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 slices of Italian proscuitto or your favourite ham
Method
  1. Cut the ciabatta in half lengthways to give a top and bottom, like a long crispy roll.
  2. Spread pesto on both halves and put the top to one side.
  3. Drain the peppers and cover the ciabatta with them in a single layer, cut the peppers to fit if necessary. Any dribbles of juice from the jar will just make the sandwich taste nicer.
  4. Drain the artichokes and cut into quarters if they are larger than that. Cover the peppers with a layer of the artichokes.
  5. Then layer on the mozzarella, you may need to balance things carefully from now on. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with gorgeous extra virgin olive oil.
  6. Finally top with the ham, rippling and folding it to get all six layers onto the ciabatta.
  7. Place the top of the bread that had been set aside onto the stack of mediterranean goodness and wrap very tightly in a couple of layers of cling film, pressing down slightly as you wrap, but not so hard that the filling squidges out of the sides.
  8. Place on a baking tray and weigh down with tins or other kitchen weights and place in the fridge overnight.
  9. Next day, remove from the fridge, all the oils and juices will have melded together and soaked into the bread. Remove the cling film and thinly cut off the outer crust edges, along the long sides and then the short sides.
  10. Slice the loaf into 6 equal wide finger sandwiches. Wrap each sandwich in parchment paper, greaseproof or wrap individually in cling film and add to the picnic basket.
Recipe by Glamorous Glutton.com at https://www.glamorousglutton.com/planning-the-perfect-picnic-and-mediterranean-picnic-sandwich/