Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Big Sandwich!

Hey you having some friends over for a sports party or going on a picnic. Maybe having a bunch of family members over for the day. Make a large sandwich and throw in some chips, vegetables cut into small pieces, dip and a simple dessert and Walla you have a party. This can be made 2 days ahead of the date.

So...you will need:

Assorted sliced deli meats
Assorted sliced cheeses
Oil (preferably olive oil) & vinegar
Salt & pepper
Thinly sliced tomatoes
Thinly sliced green peppers
Thinly sliced red onions
Pickled green peppers (or pepperchini's), drained and thinly sliced
Soft cream cheese with garlic and chives
1 large loaf of round shepherd’s bread (or other crusty bread that is round)

So now you will want to cut a slice at the top not very deep into the bread and remove the insides of the bread leaving it hollow. Then spread cream cheese spread on sides and bottom, covering well. This will help seal the bread’s freshness. Start constructing your sandwich with a layer of cheese being sure to cover the entire bottom of the bread going around in a circle. The first layer of cheese should come up sides a little. Follow with a layer of each type of meat. After the meat layers add the tomato and onion, then sprinkle with oil and vinegar and salt and pepper; add some sliced pickled peppers. Repeat the process, ending with a layer of cheese. Be sure to press down all layers well: you want this sandwich to be very compact. Be sure to fill the bread completely to the top. Spread cream cheese spread on the inside of the bread top you cut off. Place top of bread back onto sandwich, being sure to align it so it looks like it was never cut off. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

To serve, cut like a pie into wedges.

Serves 8 (can serve more or less depending on the size of your bread).

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