wednesday i took a 1/2 day off work in order to go swimming with some friends. swimming options are limited in the city and hindered further since two of my three swimming buddies will only swim in chlorinated water. we agreed on waterworks and since it was like 90 degrees the $12 entrance fee was totally worth it.
for my packed lunch i decided on making a pressed sammich that i saw on everday foods last sunday on PBS while nursing a hangover.
i picked up a jar of roasted red peppers, some lettuce and 1/4 pound of genoa salami and soft, delicious provolone cheese from devitis and i found a round loaf of bread at westpoint market. sadly, crest bakery was fresh out.
cut the bread lengthwise and hollow it out. (this photo shows my first attempt - next time i will hollow it out way more - there was too much bread and not enough meat and cheese in that baby. also, i saved the extra bread and made croûtons. delish). anyways, hollow out the bread and then brush the two halves with some of the red pepper juice.
start with the peppers and then layer the meat and cheese over and over and fill up the bread half. top with lettuce and put the top half of the bread loaf back on. (i put the peppers in the top half of the bread - eh. much better to start with the peppers which i will do next time). wrap as tightly as possible in plastic wrap.
now - you press it. put it in your fridge with a cookie sheet on top and put something heavy on top of that to hold it down (i used my cast iron skillet with like 3 bottles of beer in it). i let it stay in the fridge overnight.
i ate like a quarter of this poolside and it was amazing.