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    Layered Picnic Loaves

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    Linda Thomas's Note:

    This big and tasty sandwich, inspired by a New York deli, is a favorite at our football parties or any gathering. Kids and adults both say it's super.

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    Serves: 24



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    • 2 loaves unsliced Italian bread (1 lb. each)
    • 1/4 cup olive oil or 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning, divided
    • 1/2 lb deli roast beef
    • 3/4 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
    • 16 fresh basil leaves
    • 3 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 lb thinly sliced salami
    • 1 (6 1/2 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
    • 1 (10 ounce) package ready-to-serve salad greens
    • 1/2 lb roasted deli chicken
    • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


    1. 1
      Cut loaves in half horizontally and hollow out tops and bottoms, leaving 1/2" of bread in shells. Discard removed bread.
    2. 2
      Combine oil and garlic; brush inside bread shells.
    3. 3
      Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning.
    4. 4
      Layer bottom of each loaf with a fourth of the roast beef, mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, salami, artichokes, salad greens, chicken and onion. Repeat layers.
    5. 5
      Season with salt, pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning and drizzle with remaining oil mixture if desired.
    6. 6
      Replace bread tops; wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
    7. 7
      Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before slicing. Enjoy!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 17, 2006


      Took this to a church picnic and it was a big hit. Taste is a wonderful combination of savory oils and herbs and is delicious. The basil is a nice touch. Even the people watching their carbs ate the innards like a salad. Cutting instructions weren't included. I started off slicing it across, but the "sandwiches" were too large. I finally settled on slicing it down the length of the loaf and then across 5 times so I had 6 sections/side, giving me the 12 servings/loaf. This works if you have a wide loaf of Italian bread. I also had to use toothpicks to hold the sandwiches together. However, it is so thick, the toothpicks were really too small. I recommend larger skewers. I would definately make this again for a social for family gathering. Don't waste the bread you dug out. I used it to make a small breakfast casserole. You can also use it to make a small bread pudding, bread crumbs, etc.

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    Nutritional Facts for Layered Picnic Loaves

    Serving Size: 1 (105 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 211.3
    Calories from Fat 93
    Total Fat 10.3 g
    Saturated Fat 3.9 g
    Cholesterol 39.5 mg
    Sodium 668.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 13.7 g

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    italian seasoning

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