Hello there!!! It has been a while and for that I am sorry. Time seems to be slipping by these days. We are working on some projects at home, and holiday preparation/installation is in full swing at work. Excuses, excuses I know.
At the beginning of September the Mister and I went to Pender Island in the Gulf Islands, BC with my parents. The trip provided some much-needed rest and time with the family. We shopped at the farmers market shortly after we arrived and picked up most of our food for the week. There were breads, cheeses, meats, vegetables, preserves, blackberries, and some really good french pastries. I picked up most of the items I needed for my picnic sandwich here.
The next day we decided to drive to a beach and have a picnic lunch followed by an exploration of the coast line. It was the perfect opportunity for me to try my twist on this Sweet Paul recipe. The sandwich is simple to make, easy to pack, handheld, and yummy! What more could you want on a picnic?
1 round of rustic bread
You probably noticed that there are not any measurements with this recipe and that is intentional. This is a rustic sandwich so if you want more of one thing add it, less of something else that’s fine too.
1. Cut the top off the bread round off. About 1/3 of the way down the round.
2. Scoop out the crumb on the top and the bottom with your hands. Be sure not to go all the way to the crust, but take enough out to give yourself a good space to layer into. Set the crumb to the side. I like to dry mine and save it for bread crumbs.
3. Liberally apply the pesto to the bottom the round. Be sure to cover all of the surface, sides as well.
3. Lay in your tomatoes, arugula, cheese, and as much bacon as you like.
Once you have finished adding all of your fillings they will be domed over the top of the round and your lid should fit nicely down over them. Squish the sandwich down with your hands to meld all the fillings and compress the sandwich. Wrap tightly in cling wrap. You are now ready to head out on your picnic.
Be sure to bring a bread knife with you to cut your sandwich once you arrive at your location. You will also need napkins, this can get a bit messy. We had a smallish rustic round that made 4 perfect sandwiches.
The picnic sandwich is not about exact ingredients. You should see what looks good at the market and adjust accordingly, the possibilities are endless. I hope that you take an afternoon to make the picnic sandwich and spend some time with friends and family.