Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Picnic Planning: Pressed Turkey Sandwich with Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

I'm happy to announce that this weekend's picnic was a success! I did all the prep work the night before which made putting everything together so easy and allowed me to really enjoy the day with my family.  This week, I'll be sharing recipes for the pressed turkey sandwich, cucumber-artichoke salad, and whole-wheat chocolate chip cookies, starting with the pressed turkey sandwich with sun-dried tomato spread. 

The key to a good sandwich is good bread and good spread. This one features both. Clearing out the bread in the loaf and pressing the sandwich overnight allows you to really enjoy the flavor combinations. Plus, it makes it extremely easy to pack and eat without spilling. The lemon juice in the spread provides the perfect amount of freshness to balance the savory taste of sun-dried tomatoes. 

Without further ado...

Yield: 4 large servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Set Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes


{Sun-dried Tomato Spread}

1/2 cup greek yogurt
10-15 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper


1 large french bread loaf, sliced in half lengthwise
1 cup hummus
1/3 lb. deli turkey
4 oz. muenster cheese, sliced 
2 cups loosely packed spinach


Begin by making the spread. Put all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

For the sandwich, scoop out the center of each bread half, creating a hollow space for your ingredients. Spread the hummus on both sides of the bread loaf, then repeat with the sun-dried tomato spread. On the bottom half of the bread, spread the turkey, followed by the cheese and then the spinach. Place the top half of bread on top and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Place the sandwich on a baking sheet and top with another baking sheet. Place something heavy on the top baking sheet (like a cast-iron skillet or heavy ingredients from your fridge) and store in your fridge for at least 4 hours and up to overnight. This allows all the flavors to blend together. 

To serve, unwrap the sandwich and slice into individual servings. 


Maggie said...

What a lovely picnic! So jealous...it is snowy and blustery and cold here. Bring som eof the warmth this way. Thanks for the nice comments on my blog. I am happy to have found your blog and look forward to reading more.

AikoVenus said...

The bread looks so pretty - I love making big sandwiches to share! ^^

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Oh goodie! I was looking forward to this recipe. Sounds like it was a lovely picnic!

SerenaB said...

Wonderful pics! That is my kind of sandwich, my mouth is watering just looking at it! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Thank you for stopping by today. This sandwich is right up my alley. I can't wait to try it! I would like to invite you to our Fabulous Friday link parties. BTW, adorable outfit pictures. :)

Redheaded Daybook said...

this looks so good!!! even for the AM

Noelle said...

That sandwich looks FANTASTIC. Sometimes I think it is the spread that makes a sandwich. YUM.

Dara Reppucci said...

I would kill for a picnic right now. This looks great - your photos are lovely.

Debbie said...

I could just eat that bread alone it looks so good! Thanks for stopping by my blog...your blog is wonderful and I'll be back. Love all the pics!

Heather Belle said...

Aww how great! Those sandwiches look so yummy!
xo Heather

stephanie said...

Yummy! That looks so amazing!!!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

What a delish idea for a sandwich! Love these. Thanks for sharing. You have a great blog and I'm glad to have found it!

Emily Graham said...

They were seriously so tasty! You can never go wrong with sun dried tomatoes!

Bailey@Lost&Found said...

This sandwich looks amazing! I love sandwiches!