muffuletta loaf but Wikipedia says it is made with a focaccia style bread.
I made a favourite sourdough loaf the day before I stuffed it, but I am sure it would have been fine on the same day. Slicing the top off and pulling out the bread was a nervous moment. If I got it wrong there was no second loaf to work on. But it was fine. Though when I look at photos, I think I could have pulled out a bit more of the innards of the loaf. I was scared of making a hole but I think I probably could have plugged it if there was a tear.
It was meant to be pressed in the fridge overnight but there is not much room to pile anything on top in our small fridge. So I took it out a couple of hours before heading to the picnic and pressed it with a mixing bowl, some tins of beans and some heavy cookbooks. (In retrospect the mixing bowl was a bit too small on the base to cover all of the loaf.)
I sliced the loaf into wedges but pushed them back together into the loaf shape which I wrapped in roil to take to the picnic dinner before a Grease singalong at Moonlight Cinema. It felt like very fancy picnic food. I really loved this though I thought the sundried tomatoes were a bit tough to bit through. Everything else was lovely and soft. Maybe semi dried tomatoes might work better.
The Moonlight Cinema trip was a birthday treat so we bought Golden Grass tickets which meant we had seats near the front on bean bags and could order food from roving waiters. I had meant to bring cake with us but forgot so we ordered churros. They were lovely.
Seeing the lyrics made me realise that I was singing the wrong words in some songs during all those years of singing along in my youth. Those were the days before you could look up lyrics online. I remember the kids dancing on the school oval to "Greased Lightning" at lunchtime and singing it at the school talent quest but never realised that song had so many technical car terms. The singalong was lots of fun. It had been too long since I had been at Moonlight cinema and I was glad to be back with my fancy picnic loaf.
I am sending this loaf to Meat Free Mondays.
Some favourite picnic fare on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Cashew cheese stuffed dates (gv, v)
Cheese, onion and potato pasties
Dried fruit and coconut balls (gf, v)
Pumpkin damper (v)
Sephardic spinach filo cigars
Tofu nut balls (gf, v)
Vegan salmon sushi (gf, v)
Vegetarian Stuffed Picnic Loaf
- One round loaf of bread - I used sourdough
- Home made pesto with lots of parmesan cheese in it
- Fresh baby spinach
- Roasted eggplant (aubergine) slices
- Sun dried tomatoes, drained of oil
- Fresh basil leaves
- Swiss cheese slices
- Pumpkin roasted in thin slices until soft but not crisp
- More baby spinach
- Pickled beetroot from a jar
Layer the remaining ingredients inside the bread bowl. The loaf should be full at the end. You can do more than one layer of ingredients if not enough. Once it is full, return lid to the top of the loaf.
Leave in the fridge at least a few hours or overnight with something heavy on it. (Or if like me you don't have much room in the fridge, leave with a few things on it overnight in the fridge and then take out and press with something heavy for an hour or two before cutting.) This time out of the fridge also brought it back to room temperature.
To serve at the picnic, I cut it into 6-8 wedges at home , then wrapped in foil and in a bag and took it with us to unwrap at the picnic. We ate the leftover wedges the next day heated in the oven wrapped in foil for 15 minutes at about 180 C.
*NOTES: The sun dried tomatoes were a bit chewy - maybe semi dried tomatoes next time.
On the Stereo:
Once: original soundtrack by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová