Photo: Erin Kunkel
Prep Time
20 Mins
Press Time
30 Mins
Makes 8 servings

These hearty pressed Italian sandwiches are weighted to compress the layers, but we’ve found that stuffing the filled ciabatta loaf into a pack to tote to the beach or on the trail also does the trick nicely. If you’re taking these sandwiches camping, fill and cut the loaf before you leave the car or camp, then wrap the loaf in foil followed by a large resealable plastic bag.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut ciabatta in half horizontally. Spread bottom half with tapenade. Drizzle cut side of top half with vinegar and oil.

Step 2

Arrange salami on top of tapenade, followed by the prosciutto, cold cuts, mozzarella, red pepper, and basil. Sprinkle with pepper to taste and place top half of loaf on filling.

Step 3

Wrap sandwich thoroughly with plastic wrap or foil. Place a heavy cutting board or other flat object on top of sandwich and weight it down with a 2- to 4-lb. weight (such as a large pot or six-pack of soda). Let sit 30 minutes to 2 hours. Unwrap, cut into eighths, and serve.

Also appeared in: Sunset, August, 2007

Ratings & Reviews

JoJoA0808's Review

August 10, 2011

LindigoGirl's Review

May 06, 2009
Excellent! Nicely complex flavor. Easy to take along on a picnic and tastes great at room temperature. I brought these on a picnic with 4 adults and we ate them all!