I’ve always loved the idea of picnicing, but I’ll confess that my husbnd and I are workaholics. I blame the current “hustle” culture and the freelance gig game that we all play. Since you never know when your next job will come in, you say yes to more than you can handle and try to juggle it all. But with the arrival of the babies, we’re trying to slow down and put some family days on the calendar where we plan to spend some time out and about as a new family of four – but where do you take infant twins, or honestly, where do you just take kids? A park! There’s no way I could deal with them at a restaurant or anywhere indoors out in public, so we’re planning a few picnics in the park where we have tons of room to spread out our gear, room to change diapers, and no one will care if there is any crying! So today I’m sharing a recipe for Perfect Picnic Italian Sandwiches! My husband LOVES Italian Sub Sandwiches. I realize my sandwich isn’t on a submarine sandwich roll, but it is Ciabatta bread, so it’s still Italian! I loaded these sandwiches up with tons of meat including four slices of mortadella, four slices of hot capicola, and several slices of salami.I also used mayonnaise and a hot, sweet, pepper mustard. You can also give it a drizzle of oil and vinegar! But if you hate mayonnaise or you’re worried about the mayonnaise on a hot day, leave it off or swap it out for some salad dressing that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 Ciabatta Bread Loaf or 2 large Ciabatta Rolls
- 8 slices Mortadella
- 8 slices hot Capicola
- 8 slices Salami
- 4 slices Provolone Cheese
- Romaine Lettuce, chopped
- 1 Tomato, sliced
- 1 red Onion, thinly sliced
- 8 Pepperoncinis
- Optional: Oil and Vinegar, Salt and Pepper, Italian Seasoning
- Slice your Ciabatta bread through the middle to make two halves.
- Spread mayonnaise and your choice of mustard on both sides.
- Lay 4 slices of mortadella, capicola, and salami on the bottom half.
- Top the meat with two slices of Provolone cheese.
- Next, add some chopped romaine lettuce, two slices of tomato, some thinly sliced red onion and a few pepperoncinis.
- Give a drizzle of oil and vinegar and a sprinkle of salt and pepper or italian seasoning if you prefer.
- Place the other half of bread on top!
And, I served my Italian Sandwiches with homemade parmesan potato chips! Yum! These sandwiches are ready to be packed up into a cooler and enjoyed at a nearby park! They’re also great to take along to outdoor summer music concerts and pair well with my Rosemary Limeade. What’s your favorite picnic food or picnic tip? Let me know in a comment below! I have a feeling we’re going to be doing this a lot for the next few years.