Pressed Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich

Recipe for a easy to assemble, make ahead Pressed Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich. Perfect for entertaining and picnics.

in the kitchen, Savory | July 25, 2016 | By

Hello lovelies! I hope you are smack in the midst of a sunny and fun-filled summer, packed full with family and friend gatherings.  I’m curious if you have a recipe that’s your fallback for many your gatherings and entertaining? One that never fails you? One that no matter how simple, you always get requests and you’re just a little embarrassed for your guests to know just how easy this recipe is? Well…pressed sandwiches are one of my go-to recipes that checks all those boxes. I was given the original pressed sandwich from a friend of mine several years ago and now we do a couple variations of the ‘pressed sandwich’ theme. Most recently this Pressed Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich is one of our favorites!

 

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And with ingredients such as Tapenade, Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Eggplant, Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Basil, the Pressed Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich is destined for greatness. 

Recipe for a easy to assemble, make ahead Pressed Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich. Perfect for entertaining and picnics.

If you have a crowd to feed this is an easy main course dish that can be made ahead, making your ‘day of’ preparation as easy as slicing and serving. 

Pressed Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich
An easy, make ahead pressed vegetable sandwich.
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Ingredients
  1. One loaf of ciabatta bread
  2. 6 oz black olive tapenade
  3. 10-12 ounces of fresh mozzarella, sliced into 8-10 slices
  4. 1 large or 2 medium eggplant
  5. 6-7 oz roasted red bell pepper
  6. 12-15 fresh large basil leaves (or to taste)
  7. Olive Oil
  8. Salt and Pepper
Roast Eggplant
  1. Preheat oven to 400'
  2. Slice eggplant, 1/2" think
  3. Place eggplant on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes
To Assemble Sandwiches
  1. Slice ciabatta bread horizontally and lay open
  2. Layer eggplant, roasted pepper, basil and mozzarella on one side of bread
  3. Spread tapenande over all
  4. Drizzle with Olive OIl, Salt and Pepper
  5. Place top of bread back on loaf.
  6. Wrap with plastic wrap.
  7. Place on tray and put another tray on top.
  8. Place a heavy item (think cast iron skillet) on top of tray to compress and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  9. Remove from refrigerator and slice before serving.
Notes
  1. I find an electric knife makes cutting the slices so very easy.
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 Pressed Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich

Recipe for a easy to assemble, make ahead Pressed Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich. Perfect for entertaining and picnics.

This quick little video shows the assembly of the sandwich, set to music no less because it’s always better to make a sandwich with jaunty music!

What are some of your go-to recipes for entertaining or gatherings of friends and family? I am always collecting recipes and would love to add some of yours to my collection.Recipe for a easy to assemble, make ahead Pressed Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich. Perfect for entertaining and picnics.

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    July 25, 2016

    Would you believe me if I told you I don’t know what tapenade is, I just had to google it right now. Is this a french recipe? I am definitely going to have to try this. My fridge is full of olives. And that sandwich with basil and mozzarella, what is there not to love. Thanks, Lynn.

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      lynn
      July 25, 2016

      I guess tapenade is more Italian…but with all the great olives you have access you I know you would love it. It’s a yummy and easy sandwich. I hope you and your family enjoy!
      Hugs, Lynn

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    Liz
    July 25, 2016

    I ate this all the time during my summer in Rome 🙂 So delicious!

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      lynn
      August 3, 2016

      Ah…a summer in Rome! What a delicious memory! I bet this sandwich tastes like Rome with all the great veggies and cheese.
      Thanks for swinging by Liz.
      Happy Day!
      Lynn

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      lynn
      August 1, 2016

      Thanks Karen…I agree…they make a great portable meal. I appreciate you swinging by today. Have a good one!

      Lynn

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