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Giant Picnic Sandwich with Fig Olive Spread Recipe

The best picnic sandwiches are easy to transport. Why prepare several when you can slice & serve one giant picnic sandwich with fig olive spread recipe.
Course: Entrees, Sandwiches
Keyword: best picnic sandwiches, olive spread recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 156kcal


Fig-Olive Filling:

  • 8 ounces Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup pitted and chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil 1 1/2 teaspoons dry basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 round 24 oz. sourdough, French or Italian bread, unsliced
  • 1 pound assorted sliced deli meats and cheeses turkey, ham, provolone


  • Thinly slice figs. Combine with remaining filling ingredients; set aside.
  • Cutting horizontally, remove top third of loaf. Hollow out bottom portion of loaf, leaving a 1-inch shell. Pack filling into bottom of loaf, reserving about 3 tablespoons of liquid.
  • Brush liquid on cut side of top. Layer sliced meats over filling. Replace top of bread loaf. Wrap in airtight plastic bag. Place loaf upside down in refrigerator.
  • Weight with 5-pounds (e.g. bag of sugar) and refrigerate for 3 to 12 hours. To serve, turn up-right and cut into wedges.


Photography George Selland


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.9mg