Jul 16, 2010

stacked mediterranean sandwich


It is Friday and during the summer the kids and I are hitting the trails.

This has to be one of the most perfect picnic foods to take with you because the sandwich gets better while sitting, not soggier. Kate was responsible for today's lunch, so what went into it were all her preferred flavors. We made the spread using cannellini beans, roasted pepper, olive oil and almonds. That is right - almonds. Oh, it it something you have to try! They added a wonderful flavor and a needed texture to the spread since cannellinis are very smooth when processed. Leave the almonds big enough to bite into, so put them (1/4 c) in the food processor first and pulse a few times, then add the roasted pepper, a can of beans, a little olive oil, a garlic minced and pulse until you get a nice consistency. Do not over process. Taste for salt and pepper.

Now, a pressed sandwich has to have some good vinaigrette. This is paramount. I made a Mustard-lemon dressing. Mixing 2 T lemon juice, 2 t Dijon mustard, 2 T olive oil, 1 clove garlic, 1 t agave (or sugar), gives you a slightly sweet, yet tangy dressing that complements the vegetables. Taste for salt and pepper.

Load your spread into a hollowed out round bread, top with sliced olives, tomatoes, peppers, basil leaves, red onions and some greens - I used broccoli slaw we had left over. Pour enough dressing to coat nicely. Add a little more spread, top with the bread top, wrap in plastic wrap (I wrapped it in a parchment paper first - you know, plastic and all that.) and pack it in your backpack. Cut at the site to avoid the dressing from dripping out.

Woo-hoo! The kids loved it! Cat even had two slices and we shared with a friend who seemed quite surprised that even though 'we are missing out on so much good food (read: animal products)' this was, hmm,  pretty good.

I love to share our bounty with others :)

Cost Breakdown:
bread: $3
beans: $2
almonds: $.75
vegetables and basil: $2
olives and tomato: $2
dressing: $.75
Total to feed 5 people:


  1. Sounds delicious! Perfect summertime meal! I love Med flavors! Great idea stuffing the bread! i love it.

  2. Thanks! My kids loved it, too. Doesn't get much better than that!

  3. Yay, picknick foods! We'll be going on holiday soon where I plan to go outside to eat most of the time, so this is a great - and healthy - dish to take along. Thanks for sharing.

  4. My pleasure, Cannellette. More is on the way!

  5. It's a beautiful thing. I like your blog and now follow.

    I have a sandwich blog and would be flattered to have you visit some time.


  6. Thank you, Keri. I love sandwiches of any kind so I will be over to your site before you can...


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