Our family has been enjoying some camping trips this month, so I thought I would devote my posts this week to sharing some of our favourite camping food recipes.
Let’s start off with one of our all-time yummy-always-a-hit picnic sandwich.
This recipes comes from a little fundraising cookbook project done by my daughter’s Grade 1 class in 2003.
I love it because not only is it a fabulous sandwich, but it is the ultimate in ‘make ahead’ food.
It tastes better the day after it’s made….after the flavours have had time to mingle.
This sandwich is the perfect lunch for the first day of camping. After arriving at the campsite and spending a few hours putting up tents, inflating mattresses and getting things in order, everyone is usuallly tired and hungry. That’s when I am so happy to pull out the picnic sandwich for an instant lunch. It makes 8 sandwich wedges and each piece is very filling and satisfying.
This sandwich requires a filling, some meat & cheeses and a round loaf.
5 seeded & chopped plum tomatoes
1 cup chopped red, orange or yellow peppers
1/4 cup chopped pitted black olives (I use kalamata olives)
1/4 cup chopped red onion ( I increase this to 1/2 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil. Do not skip this ingredient!
2 tsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar
drizzle of olive oil
Mix all of these things together.
The tomato mixture is similar to a brushchetta topping. You can adapt the filling to your own tastes by adding grilled vegetables with hummus or pesto.
The filling will look like this:
Next step is to scoop out the round loaf to get ready for stuffing.
Scoop out the loaf so that you have about 1 inch of bread all around. Keep the ‘hat’ of the loaf for the finished sandwich.
Brush the inside of the loaf with olive oil.
This step prevents the bread from going soggy.
Now spoon half of the filling into the bottom of the bread and press down with spoon.
Then layer in half of the sliced meats.
You can use different salami, ham, turkey or even eggplant if you want to keep it vegetarian.
In this sandwich, I used sliced turkey & ham.
Then layer in cheese slices. I used havarti slices. Again, any favourite cheese can be used.
After the cheese layer, layer the remaining meat and spoon in the other half of the filling.
Place the ‘hat’ back on the loaf. Press firmly. You are done!
Wrap sandwich tightly in saran wrap.
Then I also wrap in tin foil.
Place sandwich in large bowl with some soup cans on top for weight to help “press” the sandwich.
(This step can be skipped, especially if you don’t have room in your fridge for the big bowl).
Place sandwich in fridge overnight.
I usually slice my sandwich in the morning with an electric knife into 8 wedges.
Then I re-wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap and tin foil and place in the cooler until lunch time.
This sandwich doesn’t take long to make. Once you chop up the ingredients for the filling, the rest only takes a few minutes. My 13 yr. old daughter actually made this sandwich while I was working on the prep for other meals for our camping trip.
There you have it…..a super scrumptious sandwich for camping!
Menu Plan for our Camping Week:
Monday: Picnic Sandwich
Tuesday: Chicks on Sticks
Wednesday: For Goodness Steak: Steak & caesar salad.
Thursday: The Loin King: Pork Loin with potatoes
Friday: When you teach a man to fish: A campsite Fish Fry.
To read Part 2 of Camping Cuisine: Chicks on Sticks, click here.
To read Part 3 of Camping Cuisine: For Goodness Steak, click here.
To read Part 4 of Camping Cuisine: Blueberry & Cream Cheese Dessert, click here.
To read Part 5 of Camping Cuisine: Eat Your Veggies, click here.