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Picnic loaf recipe

Picnic loaf recipe

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This is not your average sandwich - a delicious shareable savoury treat packed to the brim with Parma ham, brie, roasted red peppers, cucumber and so much more! Kids will really enjoy helping to make this picnic showstopper. You can make this up to 2 days in advance and store tightly wrapped in the fridge until needed. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 30 mins to prepare, plus chilling
  • 356 calories / serving


  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 4 tbsp good-quality mayonnaise
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 50g (2oz) sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • small handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 85g (3oz) Parma ham or 100g (3 1/2oz) wafer-thin cooked ham
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) sliced jarlsberg
  • 200g (7oz) brie
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) sliced salami
  • ¼ cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 4 leaves little gem lettuce
  • 1 medium sourdough loaf or round cobb loaf

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    25g 35%
  • Saturates

    8g 40%
  • Sugars

    1g 1%
  • Salt

    2g 34%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 15.7g Protein 17.1g Fibre 2.1g


  1. Combine the pesto and mayonnaise in a small bowl.
  2. Mix together the peppers, sundried tomatoes and basil and season well.
  3. Cut the loaf in half horizontally, then scoop most of the dough inside to make room for the filling. Kids will love helping you with this.
  4. Spread the pesto mayonnaise inside both pieces of the loaf and layer up with the pepper/tomato mix, ham, jarlsberg, brie, salami, cucumber and little gem leaves. Replace the top of the loaf, press together gently, wrap tightly in cling film and chill for 2-3 hours.
  5. Cut into wedges to serve.

Tip: The bread you scoop out of the middle can be made into breadcrumbs in a blender, tipped into a bag and frozen for up to a month.

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