Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

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As I previewed in my napkin wrap post from last week, it was my birthday on Monday.  Since I’m a busy working girl, I decided to throw a shindig on the Sunday before my birthday.  Originally I wanted to host a bottomless mimosa brunch, but with a large group and price conscious friends, it was hard to find the right place.  So when I heard about Malibu Wines and the fact that you could bring your own picnic and listen to live music, I knew that this was the perfect setting for my twenty fourth birthday party.  Now some people might I think I’m weird or over the top, but I love- love- love party planning, so when I realized this event would allow me to make individual picnic boxes and add cutesy touches, I was over the moon!


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In the invitation to my event, I requested each friend rsvp with their preference of sandwiches- I offered three choices: prosciutto, turkey, or salami!

ingredients:

proscuitto:
french baguette
6 thin slices of prosciutto
6 oz mozzarella cheese
arugula
1 tomato, thinly sliced
olive oil
balsamic vinegar

turkey:
french baguette
6 slices oven roasted turkey breast
6 slices swiss gruyere cheese
mixed greens
1 tomato, thinly sliced
pesto

salami:
french baguette
10 slices genoa salami
6 slices manchego cheese
mixed greens & arugula
1 tomato, thinly sliced
pesto
balsamic vinegar

directions:

Cut baguette in half lengthwise.  Coat bottom layer with dressing (olive oil for prosciutto, pesto for turkey and salami)  and top half with balsamic (prosciutto and salami only) then top with meat.  Arrange a layer of cheese on top of the meat, then add a second layer of meat, season with salt and pepper is desired

Place sliced tomatoes on top of the second layer of meat, sprinkle with either arugula or mixes greens and the top layer of bread.  Wrap the sandwich in saran wrap then place in the fridge with a cutting board and books or even a weight on top to press the sandwich.  Refrigerate for several hours or overnight if you can.  The flavors will meld together deliciously and the sandwich will taste just as fresh!  When ready to serve slice baguette into individual sandwiches and wrap in parchment paper.

Here’s a peak of what each individual picnic looked like when assembled:

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And this is what my individual picnic looked like, complete with menu for the meal! I purchased wax paper bags from Box & Wrap and filled one bag with a handful of kettle chips and filled the other with fresh grapes to cleanse the pallet before the birthday cake!

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