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Pressed Brick Sandwich

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Layers of tasty, flavorful meat, vegetables are dressed with a vinaigrette, sandwiched in a loaf of ciabatta, and compacted into a Pressed Brick Sandwich! Make one for game day or a picnic lunch. You’ll be hooked immediately!!!

Pressed Brick Sandwich on a slate board

Pressed Brick Sandwich

I have been meaning to make a stromboli since we trekked to Indiana University last fall for a football game against my alma mater. The morning started with sleet…a very bad sign for this gal who hates to be cold. As soon as we parked our car in the stadium parking lot, we met our friends and scurried to the gift shop to buy hats and scarves.

My sweet Italian friend brought her world-famous stromboli, packed with meats and cheeses. But a scrap of paper with her recipe was buried somewhere in my kitchen, under a year’s worth of print offs, so I went to an old favorite for this week’s tailgate. This pressed brick sandwich was inspired by Martha Stewart…packed full of Mediterranean goodies like roasted peppers, marinated artichokes, salami, prosciutto, and Provolone.

Pressed Brick Sandwich on a gray slate tray with the filling revealed

Tailgate Recipes

The game was delayed for over an hour due to lightning strikes around the stadium. My fingers and toes were so numb that I elected to stay in the car and listen to the game on the radio (I’m certain my college friends are NOT surprised).  I think I’ll pass on any November football games this coming season! Here are a few more tailgate recipes:

Pressed Brick Sandwich

Pressed Brick Sandwich

Layers of wonderful meats and vegetables are dressed with a vinaigrette and sandwiched in a loaf of ciabatta, then compacted for a most delightful treat!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 10 servings


  • 3 whole roasted red bell peppers (use jarred or roast your own), sliced into 3/4 inch strips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 loaf ciabatta
  • 1/2 cup black-olive paste
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 8 ounces marinated artichoke hearts
  • 4 ounces sliced Provolone
  • 6 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pound Genoa salami, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 cups loosely packed mixed fresh herbs (I used flat leaf parsley and basil)


Make the vinaigrette:

  1. Combine mustard and vinegar. Gradually whisk in olive oilthen add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Assemble sandwich:

  1. Slice loaf of bread horizontally, and remove bready interior. Spread olive paste on the bottom crust, and add the pepper strips. Crumble goat cheese on top of peppers. Arrange artichoke hearts over goat cheese. Drizzle half of the vinaigrette on top. Arrange Provolone slices, then prosciutto and salami over artichoke hearts. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette. Sprinkle with herbs. Place the top crust on sandwich.
  2. Wrap the sandwich with plastic wrap and set something heavy like a brick or or cast-iron skillet on top for at least 1 hour. Slice to serve.


Total time does not include pressing time.

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 1379mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g


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50 comments on “Pressed Brick Sandwich”

  1. A great sandwich. Love the use of fresh herb and olive paste.

  2. LOL….But not too loud…Cold weather and I are not the best of friends either =) Yummy Italian mama food on the other hand are always welcome – along with Ms. Martha Stewart’s stellar recipes…The artichokes, goat cheese and red peppers do look to be a very tailgate pleasing bring =)

    P.s. Please know that prayers are being sent your way as you journey with your sister and parents into new territory.

  3. I’m sure you would’ve liked to have a hot bowl of soup to watch the game. But this sandwich is stunning Liz! Not only the presentation but the flavors too. You even added artichokes, ony of my favorite things ever. All my thoughts to you and your family sweet friend!

  4. It’s not football weather here but I could eat that sandwich anytime. What a winner!

  5. I remember reading Martha’s pressed sandwich recipe in her magazine years ago! Yum!

  6. That does not sound like a fun game to attend. In Florida November are the games you want to go to because you don’t die of heat exhaustion. These sandwiches sound awesome. I actually just made ones similar and they were very good, but yours have a little bit extra on them that would make them even better!

  7. Ohhh Liz! Your sandwich looks incredible!! I just love this sandwich and I know my family would too! This is a winner!!

  8. We were just watching Denver the other night and they were delayed because of a lightning storm too. Of course, once the lightning stopped, it was still pouring rain but they started the game anyhow. What a way to launch the season. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that stromboli. It would be hard to share that one, or to leave it behind to go watch the game.

  9. Goodness, what perfect football/tailgating fare. This looks delicious. Totally makes up for the crappy weather, right? LOL

  10. Liz,
    This sandwich looks fabulous!!! yumm! love this. .

  11. I haven’t heard of a pressed brick sandwich before but it sure looks mighty delicious. It sounds great for a tailgating party. Tailgating is my favorite part of all sporting events.

  12. Ohhhh Liz – you are a woman after my heart with this sandwich! Gabe just looked over my shoulder and asked me to make this. LOVE IT!

  13. What a great idea! Also, sitting in the car with a fabulous sandwich like this one sounds better than freezing your toes =)

  14. I couldn’t wait to see the recipe for this sandwich when you posted it in the group. Wow. What fun that a sandwich is intentionally “squished”. Well, squished may not be the right word but I can see how it would marry the flavors between the bread and make for an incredible sandwich.

  15. It’s still hot here, but I’m psyched for football! And this would be perfect for tailgating. Really good stuff – thanks.

  16. Hmm, looks good. I was just thinking about you … and there you go posting again! LOL My inbox always has Liz’s posts highlighted. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Yum! What a sandwich…I just want to sing my teeth in it!!!

  18. I’ve been wanting to try one of these pressed sandwiches so bad! Gorgeous!

  19. Love the Mediterranean flavors in your sandwich!

  20. Mmmm, a brick I would be more than willing to try ๐Ÿ˜‰


  21. What a cool idea! This sandwich sounds great

  22. I made a pressed sandwich a million years ago, and you brought back fond memories!

  23. How gorgeous is the sandwich?! Perfection. And there’s nothing better on a cold day than a hot Italian sandwich, is there? Yum!

  24. This is so cool! I have to try it!

  25. I couldn’t wait to find out what this pressed brick sandwich was! It looks so good. I love Mediterranean flavors and sandwiches, so this is pretty much my dream lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Yum Liz, I’m not a huge football fan but I’d go to the game just for this!

  27. Waiting one hour for this to be squashed would be difficult. I have never heard of this kind of sandwich. It looks fantastic and I love all of those fillings – how yummy xx

  28. A very different sandwich..I love the filling, esp. goat cheese and black olive paste …the sandwich must be divine.

  29. I hate to be cold too. One reason we don’t go to many football games in Colorado! This stromboli looks so delicious Liz! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week. Thank you for brightening mine!

  30. I can absolutely relate as I do not lie to be cold either ๐Ÿ™‚ – your sandwich sounds and {as always} looks amazing.

  31. Wow, that’s a fun sandwich and great list of foods. I’ve heard of brick chicken but this sounds really interesting.

  32. Love this, portable and full of good stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Wow, that sandwich is a looker! I just want to sink my teeth into this. Delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Black olive paste? Guess I don’t get out much I’ve never heard of it, but I love the sound of it. I could make this and invite the fam over for a tailgate in our driveway. They’d love it!

  35. Actually, I think I would prefer this to a Stromboli!!!!!

  36. What a great sandwich, and perfect for football season! I love the process of making this – top with a brick for an hour – interesting with great results! I remember sitting in a hotel room in San Francisco watching the game while the rest of the crew were sitting in the pouring rain for at least 2 hours in the football stadium. I definitely had a better deal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. I love sandwiches like this. When my kids were in high school, I used to do giant ones and then cut off wedges each day for them. As long as I left off the lettuce they held pretty well!

  38. Liz – I am DROOLING. It’s like you came into my house, opened the fridge, pulled out all of my and my husband’s favorite ingredients and made us a sandwich. Ahhhh. Love!!

  39. Love your brick sandwich with the olive paste and the fresh herb addition. Great for a soup and sandwich night! xo

  40. YUM!
    Looks so good, I love the fillings and the presentation. I have made one of these but called it a muffaletta, I have never heard the term brick loaf before ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Oh, I also hate being cold! But I do love pressed sandwiches. Craving this one right now!

  42. I have a student at work that always wants her lunch sandwich “smashed”. We have grill weights, but I think she would get a kick out of a brick!

  43. Wow… that sandwich is amazing. I would have to very happy carnivores in my house if I pulled that sandwich out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Lizzy,
    Anything with goat cheese and I’m in. Love this.

  45. Mmmmm….you have some fantastic goodies stuffed in this sandwich! Awesome!

  46. WOW there’s a whole lot of goodness going on there! I wonder what would happen if I popped that baby in a panini press …!

  47. I must have missed this sandwich. I love this and yours turned out perfect. What a fun way to serve sandwiches especially on game day. Beautiful job!

  48. Lizzy, this is one scrumptious looking sandwich! Your photos are gorgeous too. Thanks for being a part of the YBR and congrats!:)

  49. G’day! Your sandwich looks delish, Liz, true!
    Your photos are mouth watering and just finished lunch, but could go for a slice of this right now too!
    Congrats on being the winner!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Your Best Recipes Sept

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