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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Picnic Sandwich

Note:  the internet has shut me down seven times while trying to upload a picture of a sandwich in this space.  Please use your imaginations for this one.  Thanks, Jeanne

The summer has officially started though some cannot tell if it is Tuesday or July outside their doors.  Those who live in the Midwest are being slammed again.  Mother Nature ought to think that enough is enough, already.

Anyway, summer is filled with occasions for picnics and the recipe I am posting is for a Summer Pressed Sandwich.  This comes from KelBel at  KelBel states that her recipe is an adaptation from one of Martha Stewart's.  Take a look.

3 medium red bell peppers or 1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers

1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons warm water

salt & freshly ground black pepper

1 loaf rustic Italian bread, such as ciabatta

1/2 cup black olive paste (tapanade)

8 ounces fresh goat cheese

8 ounces marinated artichoke hearts

6 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced

1/4 lb peppered salami, thinly sliced

2 1/4 cups loosely packed mixed fresh herbs (such as basil, cilantro) or 2 1/4 cups arugula

Roast Peppers: (skip if using already roasted peppers) Heat a grill or grill pan to hot; or heat broiler. Cook peppers until completely charred, turning frequently so all sides cook evenly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Place peppers in a deep bowl, and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set bowl aside until the skins loosen and the peppers are cool enough to handle. Using your hands, rub off the charred skin, rinsing your hands frequently under cold running water. Slice peppers in half, and remove the seeds and stems. Cut flesh into 1-inch-wide strips.

Make the vinaigrette: In a medium bowl, combine mustard and vinegar. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Whisk in 2 tablespoons warm water. Whisk in salt and pepper to taste, and set the vinaigrette aside.
Slice loaf of bread horizontally, and remove soft crumb; reserve crumb for another use. Spread olive paste on the bottom crust, and add the roasted red pepper strips. Crumble goat cheese on top of peppers. Arrange artichoke hearts over goat cheese. Drizzle half of the reserved vinaigrette on top. Arrange prosciutto and salami over artichoke hearts. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette. Scatter herbs over meats. Place the top crust on sandwich.

Wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap. Set a weight, such as a brick or large cast-iron skillet on top for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, slice sandwich into ten pieces.

Personal note: I would use regular salami and cut the amount of artichoke hearts by half. 

So go find a brick and make a sandwich.  Meanwhile .... keep it simple and make it real.


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