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Turkey, Bacon, and Havarti Sandwich

Prep time 20 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Yield Makes 4 servings
Use precooked bacon to save time. Microwave according to package directions to crisp before you assemble the sandwich. Havarti is a Danish cheese that's semisoft with small irregular holes and a mild flavor; substitute Muenster if you can't find it. Strawberries, apple slices, or cantaloupe will pair nicely with these flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 (7-inch) round sourdough bread loaf
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced smoked deli turkey
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and sliced
  • 6 (1-ounce) slices Havarti cheese
  • 4 fully-cooked bacon slices
  • Garnish: dill pickle spears

How to Make It

  1. Cut top 2 inches off sourdough loaf, reserving top; hollow out loaf, leaving a 1-inch-thick shell. (Reserve soft center of bread loaf for other uses, if desired.)

  2. Drizzle 2 tablespoons vinaigrette evenly in bottom bread shell; layer with half of turkey, peppers, and cheese. Repeat layers, and top with bacon. Drizzle evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons vinaigrette, and cover with reserved bread top; press down firmly. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours before serving. Cut into 4 wedges. Garnish, if desired.

  3. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Newman's Own Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing.