Last weekend I saw Liza Minnelli at the Hollywood Bowl.

I had no idea what she sang, did, etc. but I knew it had to be a good show and I was really excited for it.

The Hollywood Bowl is an LA institution and for good reason – you picnic, drink wine out of plastic (we have fancy plastic wine glasses), laugh with friends and see a show under the stars.

We were meeting up with some friends before the show started and I found a picnic-friendly pressed sandwich from Martha and knew it would be the perfect thing to bring. A pressed sandwich is essentially a smushed sandwich. You scoop out the middle of a flat loaf of bread like ciabatta, fill it with an array of delicious fillings and press is together with a weight. (Or in my case a full water pitcher).

The sandwich was delicious and flavorful, the show was very entertaining and I learned that Liza is Judy Garland’s daughter…horrifying everyone around me when I fessed up to my lack of pop culture knowledge.

Italian Pressed Sandwich

by Emily Dingmann

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: bread entree sandwich summer

 

Ingredients (6-8 servings)

  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread
  • 4 oz olive tapenade
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 4 oz marinated artichokes, chopped
  • 6 oz roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 4 oz prosciutto
  • 4 oz salami
  • olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper

Instructions

Slice loaf of bread down the middle horizontally.

Scoop out middle of loaf.

Spread tapenade and goat cheese on the bottom side of bread, topping with artichokes, peppers, prosciutto and salami.

Season top of loaf with olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper.

Wrap in aluminum foil and weight sandwich down with a brick, cans, etc.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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