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Layered Picnic Loaves

This big sandwich, inspired by one I tried at a New York deli, is a favorite with our football-watching crowd. Made ahead, it's easily carted to any gathering. Kids and adults alike say it's super. —Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 servings each)


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


  • Cut loaves in half horizontally; hollow out tops and bottoms, leaving 1/2-in. shells (discard removed bread or save for another use).
  • Combine oil and garlic; brush inside bread shells. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Layer bottom of each loaf with a fourth of each: roast beef, mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, salami, artichokes, salad greens, chicken and onion. Repeat layers. Season with salt, pepper and remaining Italian seasoning.
  • Drizzle with remaining oil mixture if desired. Replace bread tops; wrap tightly and refrigerate at least 1 hour before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 341 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 991mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • patsycooker
    May 22, 2015

    Most requested sandwich! Thanks for the recipe!

  • MarineMom_texas
    Aug 9, 2014

    I made this recipe recently and both my husband and I declare it a winner. I did have to cut the recipe down for the two of us but it was delicious. We will definitely be having this sandwich again. I followed the recipe exactly except for the size. Definitely a winner. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor.

  • Brenda2772
    Jul 26, 2014

    Yum! Used Turkey because that's what I had; Penzey's sandwich sprinkle instead of salt and pepper.

  • DawnLockhart
    Aug 21, 2012

    Fantastic - I love this sandwich! Feeds a crowd and best of all it is one of the rare sandwiches that is not loaded with mayo.

  • lccneff
    May 4, 2012


  • langang
    Nov 2, 2011

    Easy to make and delicious.

  • aquinn3
    Oct 19, 2010

    This is great recipe to bring to a potluck! Delicious and easy to transport!

  • cusxla
    Aug 4, 2010

    I have been making this every year for the past three years! Excellent sandwich!!! Keep the artichokes in the sandwich! They add a wonderful taste. Love it!

  • cooks a lot
    Jan 25, 2010

    This was a great sub. I have made it twice and my family loves it (leaving out the artichoke hearts). I call it the "break the bank sub" though.

  • cwbuff
    Oct 26, 2009

    I made this for a church picnic and my son and his friends gave it a thumbs up. I substituted thicker-sliced turkey for the chicken and used sweet onion instead of regular. I think I left out the artichokes, though. That you can make it ahead and slice it after reaching your destination makes it fuss-free and perfect for picnics.