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Layered Picnic Loaves Recipe

Layered Picnic Loaves Recipe

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: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 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


  • 1. Cut loaves in half horizontally; hollow out tops and bottoms, leaving 1/2-in. shells (discard removed bread or save for another use).
  • 2. Combine oil and garlic; brush inside bread shells. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Layer bottom of each loaf with a fourth of the roast beef, mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, salami, artichokes, salad greens, chicken and onion. Repeat layers. Season with salt, pepper and remaining Italian seasoning.
  • 3. Drizzle with remaining oil mixture if desired. Replace bread tops; wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before slicing. Yield: 2 loaves (12 servings each).

Nutritional 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 User ID: 4918922 226740
Reviewed May. 22, 2015

"Most requested sandwich! Thanks for the recipe!"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 80324
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2165447 28242
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

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

DawnLockhart User ID: 3466471 28239
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1693708 86937
Reviewed May. 4, 2012


langang User ID: 5722096 32837
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"easy to make and delicious."

aquinn3 User ID: 3134394 58766
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

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

cusxla User ID: 5332501 78805
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4196230 203717
Reviewed 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 User ID: 441425 31263
Reviewed 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."

Sandi2460 User ID: 3413072 27396
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"This sandwich is really good...makes a great summer dinner."

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