This has been our go-to tailgate sandwich for 3 years now. My husband requests this often and I don't mind at all. I roast my own peppers, add pesto and tomato slices.
Turkey, Bacon, and Havarti Sandwich
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.
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Chill: 1 Hour
- 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
- 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.)
- 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.
- Note: For testing purposes only, we used Newman's Own Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing.
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