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Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich

This Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich with its lovely bright flavors is just perfect for a late summer picnic.

You know, it’s not always strictly southern comfort food around here. 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.

This Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich with its lovely bright flavors is just perfect for a late summer picnic. https://www.lanascooking.com/mediterranean-pressed-sandwich/

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

Package of frozen small baguettes.

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 :-)

Two small baguettes on a cutting board.

So, either purchase two nice little baguettes or bake them from scratch or frozen and then proceed with the recipe.

Food processor bowl containing olives, tomatoes, red bell peppers, anchovy, and green beans.

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!

Cut sides of baguette being rubbed with a garlic clove.

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.

Cut baguette spread with vegetable filling.

Spread the veggie mixture very thickly on the bottoms of the baguettes and put the tops back on.

Filled baguette wrapped in waxed paper and tied with string.

Wrap each sandwich quite tightly in waxed paper and twine.

Wrapped sandwich being pressed under a cast iron skillet.

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!

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This Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich with its lovely bright flavors is just perfect for a late summer picnic. https://www.lanascooking.com/mediterranean-pressed-sandwich/

Mediterranean Pressed Sandwich

A pressed sandwich filled with all the brightest flavors of the Mediterranean
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


  • 2 small baguettes
  • 1 clove garlic cut lengthwise
  • 2 oil-packed sun dried tomatoes
  • 8 pitted kalamata olives
  • ½ medium roasted red bell pepper Vigo brand recommended
  • ¼ pound blanched green beans
  • 1 tomato cored and seeded
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving 0.5sandwich | Calories 404kcal | Carbohydrates 67g | Protein 12g | Fat 10g | Saturated Fat 2g | Cholesterol 1mg | Sodium 964mg | Potassium 294mg | Fiber 5g | Sugar 3g | Vitamin A 527IU | Vitamin C 12mg | Calcium 118mg | Iron 4mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. Tres Delicious says:

    I can’t wait to savor this mediterranean delish. It’s simply inviting.

  2. now you know I would add the bacon too, can’t let BeeBop have nothing on me… this is my kind of lunch… need a cold one to help wash it down…

  3. Rachel Willen says:

    Looks like a “hurricane special” I might make this weekend while we sit out the storm. Hopefully we will not lose power and I’ll be able to heat up some of my chicken soup I just made and posted this week to serve with this beautiful sandwich. I call it MOMMY soup because it is the closest thing to a hug from my mom I can get since she passed 5 years ago. And I needed a hug this week…

    1. Hi Rachel – I just read your soup post and learned about your recent health scare! Truly hope you’re doing okay now!

  4. Ok, when I read your title pressed sandwiches, I immediately thought panini. lol. Little did I realize you literally pressed it and its a cold sandwich! You learn something new everyday! Sounds delicious and I love the flavors (and bacon!)

    1. Yep, it’s literally pressed under a heavy object. It makes all the flavors from the filling really get absorbed into the bread. Quite delicious!

  5. Love the sound of this; such an interesting idea.

  6. So many of my favorite flavors all in a sandwich!! I’ve never tried a pressed sandwich like this before – but I’m going to have to change that!! (and I totally wish I could find frozen baguettes like that!)

  7. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yum! I really want to make my own baquettes now….

  8. That’s an interesting way of pressing. I would have broke out the George Foreman, but this is very cool. FYI, I ran into the same problem with baguettes, and ended up making my own last week. Very simple, and they were better than any I’ve had locally including the bakeries. I’d definitely recommend it!

  9. Dee @ Cocktails with Mom says:

    I’ve been stumbling upon all sorts of great recipes today. This one looks great.

  10. oh my goodness this looks so delicious! I’ve seen those breads before and have wanted to try them…nice to have them on hand!

    1. I always keep them on hand, Aggie. They’re not like a fresh baked baguette from a good bakery, of course, but they do the trick in a pinch.

  11. Mari @ Mari's Cakes says:

    The sandwich looks great! I love the garlic rub and pressing techniques. I guess will make the perfect sandwich this weekend!

  12. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. says:

    This looks so good! Great one!

  13. Love the flavors in this sandwich!

  14. Cookin' Canuck says:

    Okay, I really want this for lunch. What fantastic flavors, Lana.

  15. Karen Bove says:

    That looks both simple and simply delicious!

    1. Thanks, Karen. It is both!