Pressed Picnic Sandwich
Pressing this sandwich melds the flavors of this sandwich
allowing the layers to become one incredible experience.
This sandwich can be made one day ahead of time; instead of
adding the vinaigrette in step three, add it just before you
pack the sandwich, or one hour before serving.
1 large flat loaf rustic bread
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 loaf rustic Italian bread, such as ciabatta
1/2 cup prepared black-olive paste
8 ounces fresh goat cheese
8 ounces marinated artichokes
6 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
1/4 pound peppered salami, thinly sliced
2 1/4 cups loosely packed mixed fresh herbs, such as basil,
cilantro, or parsley
1. Heat a grill or grill pan to hot; alternatively, heat the
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.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the mustard and vinegar. Gradually
whisk in the olive oil. Whisk in 2 tablespoons warm water. Whisk
in salt and pepper to taste, and set the vinaigrette aside.
3. Slice the loaf of bread lengthwise, and remove crumb; reserve
crumb for another use. Spread the olive paste on the bottom
crust, and add the pepper strips. Crumble the goat cheese on top
of peppers. Arrange artichokes over goat cheese. Drizzle half of
the reserved vinaigrette on top. Arrange prosciutto and salami
over artichokes. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette. Scatter
herbs over meats. Place the top crust on sandwich.
4. 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.