Italian Picnic Sandwiches

Italian Picnic Sandwiches

A make-ahead sandwich, loaded with a delicious trio of meats and a roasted red pepper cheese spread, that is perfect for lunch anywhere.

15 min. prep time
8 sandwiches
353 Ratings



1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup chopped roasted red bell pepper, patted dry with paper towel
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved


1 (12- to 16-ounce) rectangular loaf ciabatta or French bread, cut horizontally
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
4 large lettuce leaves
1/4 pound thinly sliced deli smoked turkey
1/4 pound thinly sliced deli baked ham
1/4 pound thinly sliced sopressata Italian salami or salami
6 (3/4-ounce) slices deli provolone cheese


Place butter and cream cheese in food processor bowl fitted with metal blade; process until creamy. Add roasted pepper and olives. Process until finely chopped. 

Spread half of spread mixture evenly onto each cut-side of bread. Layer bottom half of bread with basil, lettuce, turkey, ham, salami and provolone cheese. Cover with top half of bread. Cut into 8 slices.

Recipe Tip

- Sopressata salami is an Italian dry salami made from pork. It often includes a hot pepper seasoning.

- To prepare spread without food processor, combine butter and cream cheese in bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Finely chop roasted pepper and olives. Add to butter mixture; stir until well mixed.

- Spread can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cover; store refrigerated. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before spreading.

- Sandwich can be assembled up to 24 hours before serving. Wrap tightly with plastic food wrap; refrigerate until serving time.

Nutrition Facts (1 sandwich)

Calories: 400

Fat: 22g

Cholesterol: 70mg

Sodium: 1060mg

Carbohydrates: 28g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 19g

Recipe #14891©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is a delicious combination of flavors. I have used the ingredients to make wraps that are cut into small rounds for appetizers......always a hit!
Excellent and worth making. Easy. 1/2 the basil and maybe a tad less olives. Made the spread the night before, in the am the sandwiches took about ten minutes. I would definitely make this again.
This makes a delicious sandwich. My family especially like the spread that goes on the bread. Have made several times for family and friends. Everyone loves this!

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