Pressed Picnic Sandwich

03 Jun 2019

We’re celebrating #NationalPicnicWeek at Barker Butchers!!! Grab your blankets and baskets and find a nice spot to enjoy some old fashioned picnic classics. Try this pressed Picnic Sandwich, packed full of flavour, texture and classic picnic grub.

What you’ll need

  • Ciabatta loaf (Sliced in Half Lengthways)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Finely Chopped)
  • 2 big handfuls of Baby Spinach
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 8 marinated Artichoke Hearts from a Jar (Quartered)
  • 250g Jarred Roasted Red Pepper
  • 8 Slices of Cooked Meat (we recommend ham or Prosciutto)
  • Big Handful of Basil
  • 125g Ball Mozzarella (Cut into Slices)
  • Half Red Onion (Finely Sliced)
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. Slice the ciabatta loaf in half lengthways and heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  2. Put the ciabatta loaf halves, crust-side down, on a large baking tray and drizzle with a little olive oil. Pop them in the oven for a few mins until just golden and lightly toasted.
  3. Put the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and mustard in a bowl, then whisk them together with a fork.
  4. Remove the toasted ciabatta halves from the tray and drizzle the bottom slice with about half of the dressing.
  5. Arrange the rest of the ingredients in layers. Start with a large handful of baby spinach, then a few artichoke hearts.
  6. Next add the slices of pepper, the prosciutto (or chosen filling), basil, mozzarella and, finally, the red onion.
  7. Drizzle over the rest of the dressing and pop the other slice of ciabatta on top.
  8. Press down on the sandwich to squash all the layers together.
  9. Wrap the sandwich in baking parchment and tie it together with a couple of pieces of string.
  10. Place a heavy baking tray on top of your sandwich and top it with weights or loaf tins filled with baking beans. Pop it all in the fridge overnight or dive right in.
  11. Cut and serve in slices for the perfect picnic snack