This Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich with its lovely bright flavors is just perfect for a late summer picnic.
You know, it's not all traditional Southern cooking here at Never Enough Thyme. Although that is the main focus, we do enjoy lots of different types of food and I really like being able to share something a little different with you.
And today's post is definitely a little different. It's a pressed sandwich. Nothing so different about a pressed sandwich, right? Maybe not, but it's the filling of this sandwich that makes it special.
Inside these little baguettes are all the brightest, most delicious flavors of Mediterranean cooking. Kalamata olives. Ripe, red tomatoes. Olive oil and lemon juice. Anchovies and roasted red peppers. Yum.
This sandwich is the perfect picnic fare. You can easily make these the night before and they'll be ready for a lovely picnic the next day. All you need with them is a little fresh fruit, maybe some cheese and a crisp white wine. Just the thing for a late summer picnic, don't you think?
How to Make a Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich
You're going to need two small baguettes for the recipe. I always keep these frozen ones on hand because we just don't have access to good, fresh baguettes around here. This is the best I can do with what I have :-)
So, either purchase two nice little baguettes or bake them from scratch or frozen and then proceed with the recipe.
In your food processor, or using a mortar and pestle if you'd rather, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, roasted red bell pepper, green beans, tomato, and anchovies.
I didn't have any fresh green beans on hand so I used a few very well drained canned beans. Worked out fine!
Pulse just a few times until everything is combined but still quite chunky. Be very careful not to over process and turn it into soup!
Slice the baguettes in half and rub the cut sides of the bread with the cut side of a clove of garlic. Discard the garlic.
Spread the veggie mixture very thickly on the bottoms of the baguettes and put the tops back on.
Wrap each sandwich quite tightly in waxed paper and twine.
Place a large heavy object like a cast-iron skillet or a marble cutting board on top of the sandwiches. Let them sit at room temperature for one hour before serving.
These were such a delicious change of pace from the usual cold cut sandwiches. I enjoyed the fresh, bright taste of the veggies but I have to admit that I did sneak a few pieces of bacon into BeeBop's. He loved it!
More Sandwich Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Roasted Tomato Sandwich
- Steak Sandwich
- Croque Monsieur
- Oven Fried Shrimp Po' Boy
- Italian Sausage and Roasted Pepper Sandwich
Pressed Sandwich Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Pressed Italian Sandwiches from Myrecipes.com
- Cuban Sandwich from The Kitchn
- Pressed Turkey, Cranberry and Pesto Sandwich from Created by Diane
- Red, White and Green Pressed Sandwich from the Cooking Photographer
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Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich
- 2 small baguettes
- 1 clove garlic cut lengthwise
- 2 oil-packed sun dried tomatoes
- 6-8 pitted kalamata olives
- 1/2 medium roasted red bell pepper Vigo brand recommended
- 1/4 pound blanched green beans
- 1 to mato cored and seeded
- 2 anchovy fillets
- 1 tblsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the baguettes in half lengthwise and rub the cut sides of the bread with the cut sides of the garlic clove.
- Combine all ingredients up through anchovies in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well mixed but still chunky.
- Stir in the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread the mixture very thickly on the bottom half of each baguette.
- Place the remaining halves on top and wrap each sandwich tightly in waxed paper. Using kitchen twine, tie each wrapped sandwich tightly.
- Place a heavy object such as a cast-iron skillet or marble cutting board on top of the sandwiches and press down firmly.
- Allow the weight to remain on the sandwiches for one hour before serving.
Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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