Mediterranean Pressed Picnic Sandwich

This sandwich turns take-along food flaws—travel time, cramped packing quarters, moist ingredients—into assets. Pressing the sandwich lets the crusty bread soak up roasted vegetable juices, and travel time gives flavors a chance to meld.

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  • 1 small eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 small zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 small yellow squash, cut length-wise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 1 large loaf ciabatta bread, halved
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/3 cup prepared tapenade
  • 2 jarred roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. fresh mozzarella, drained and sliced
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar


1. Heat grill pan or grill to medium-high heat. Brush eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash with 2 Tbs. olive oil, and grill 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until charred and softened. Transfer to plate.

2. Hollow inside of bread to make room for vegetables. Spread pesto on one side of bread. Spread tapenade on other side of bread.

3. Layer eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella on one side of bread. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Press top and bottom of sandwich together, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place on baking sheet, and weigh down with heavy skillet or two large cans. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Unwrap before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 426
  • Carbohydrate Content 42 g
  • Cholesterol Content 34 mg
  • Fat Content 25 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 15 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 8 g
  • Sodium Content 726 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g