How to Make Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwiches

How to Make Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwiches

Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwiches are the perfect upscale sandwich for picnics, brunches, and baby showers. It’s a fancy sandwich that packs a flavorful punch!
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Homemade Focaccia Recipe:



• 2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1/3 cup olive oil
• 1/4 cup walnuts
• 2 loaves focaccia
• 1 pound deli sliced chicken breast
• 1/2 pound deli sliced salami
• 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
• 1/4 cup sliced olives
• 1/4 cup pepperoncinis
• 2 roasted red bell peppers, roughly chopped
• 16 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced


00:20 – How to make basil pesto
02:41 – How to press a pressed sandwich

1️⃣ 00:20 – Make the pesto by combining basil, garlic, parmesan, olive oil, and walnuts in a food processor or bender. Blend until fairly smooth.

2️⃣ 00:57 – Cut the focaccia loves in half carefully. Spread the pesto on the top halves and set aside.

3️⃣ 01:27 – On the bottom halves layer sliced chicken breast, and salami.

4️⃣ 01:51 – Mix sun-dried tomatoes, olives, pepperoncinis, and roasted red bell peppers in a small bowl. Sprinkle over meat layer.

5️⃣ 02:25 – Top with slices of fresh mozzarella to cover the entire sandwich.

6️⃣ 02:36 – Place pesto covered top half of the focaccia onto the sandwich. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap.

7️⃣ 03:19 – Place the wrapped sandwiches onto a baking sheet. Place another baking sheet on top of the sandwiches. Place 2 heavy books or weights on the top baking sheet to squish the sandwiches. Place in the fridge, books and all, for 12 hours.

8️⃣ 03:48 – Once 12 hours have passed, unwrap the sandwiches and slice into square for serving. Wrap in wax paper and cooking twine for a cutesy presentation.


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