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pique-nique monsieur


This is a simple sandwich loaf recipe perfect to take on a picnic, inspired by the classic flavours of a croque monsieur.

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  • 1 loaf of unsliced bread. I used a bloomer style loaf
  • but a sandwich loaf would work well
  • 4-5 Slices ham
  • 4 Slices gruyere cheese
  • 1-2 beef tomato -sliced
  • Rocket
  • 2 roasted peppers
  • 1 chicken breast roasted & chopped
  • Butter
  • Dijon mustard


servings 4
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

pique-nique monsieur - Step 1

Slice the top off loaf of bread and leave to one side. Pull out bread from inside the loaf (I saved this to make breadcrumbs) melt the butter and paint the inside of the hollow bread with melted butter. Layer the cold ingredients. You can do in any order, but so it will look appealing once cut open. I found I needed more rocket than I expected. I started and finished with a layer of ham spread with mustard. You want to cram the food in so keep adding and squashing down. Add the bread lid that was set aside earlier. Wrap very tightly in clingfilm and put in fridge weighed down with tins for a few hours or preferably overnight. Once on your picnic just slice.

If you omit the rocket and are staying in the house I would imagine this is very tasty wrapped in foiled and warmed in the oven so the cheese oozes, or grilled so the bread is toasted.

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