Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches for #SundaySupper

Italian hoagie style pressed picnic sandwiches take any picnic from boring to fabulous in one simple bite.

Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

July is National Picnic Month, which is incredibly appropriate considering it is the warmest month of the year. And sure, maybe you don’t necessarily feel like slogging your goodies all the way to the beach in the oppressive heat. Or perhaps you aren’t into bugs and ants that undoubtedly swirl around any blanket or sheet you may lay down on top of a grassy area in your local park. If you put aside all the minor annoyances, however, picnics are awesome, especially if you can round up a great group of friends and family and encourage them all to bring their own fabulous dishes and drinks. 

I’ve wanted to make a pressed picnic sandwich for years but never had much reason to do so. And so this Sunday Supper event with Gallo Family Vineyards is basically the picnic of my dreams, the one I’ve truly been waiting for all year long. Gallo asked a few of us to come up with our best picnic wares to celebrate this month and I could not be more excited to see what everyone is bringing to the party. I of course brought the pressed picnic sandwich.

Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

Now, if you know me well, you may be wondering why I didn’t bring a traditional hoagie. Here’s the answer: I just can’t. I’m a stubborn Northesterner and I can’t handle the conversation that will ensure over hoagie vs. sub vs. grinder. To me, it is and always will be a hoagie. Lingo and jargon aside, the flavors of a traditional Italian hoagie do me in every dang time. I cannot resist spicy capicola, stacked provolone and all the trimmings. I think pressed picnic sandwiches are meant to be classy foods but hey, I gave it a Philly spin by filling that fancy sandwich with all my favorite Italian hoagie ingredients. It goes perfectly with Gallo’s Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep richness of the wine doesn’t overpower but perfectly compliments the sandwich. And their mini bottles are completely picnic-ready, easily fitting into your adorable basket that you’ve no doubt packed. If you aren’t a deep red fan, try their Pinot Grigio with this as well, either works perfectly! 

The fun part about a pressed sandwich – besides stuffing it in your face – is in the preparation. You layer all of your ingredients onto the bread, make sure to pile ‘em sky high. Place the lid on top and then press between some heavy books. It causes the sandwich to collapse a bit, become this tiny bite so packed with flavor, you’ll wonder how all of that deliciousness managed to be in one bite. Plus the pressed sandwich makes you look more dignified – no ingredients falling all over our shirt. Try one and eat with dignity!

Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

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Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf of Italian bread
  • 2 Tbsp. hoagie oil (found in the deli at your grocery store)
  • 8 slices capicola
  • 8 slices Genoa salami
  • 8 slices ham
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely sliced
  • 2 to 3 large lettuce leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Begin by cutting your bread down the middle. Spread the hoagie oil over top of one half of the bread.
  2. Layer the capital on the bread, followed by the salami, ham and cheese. Top with onions and lettuce then place the second half on top.
  3. Wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap, then place a very heavy book on top (a dictionary works well). Let it sit for an hour, pressing the sandwich down.
  4. Place sandwich in the fridge until ready to slice and serve.
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Be sure to check out the rest of the Sunday Supper posts for a full picnic menu!

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Picnic Salads and Sides:

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Homemade Kettle Corn

Homemade kettle corn is so easy to whip at home, it allows you to avoid all the loud chewers and mouth breathers at the movie theater! 

Homemade Kettle Corn

Ah, popcorn. The world’s most perfect snack food. And yet, completely polarizing. You either love popcorn or you hate it. Some can’t stand the smell of cooking popcorn – burning popcorn is worse. Others conjure up vivid memories as soon as they get a whiff of buttery kernels popping away. I fall into the second category, thinking about movies of my youth and time spent with friends every time I smell popcorn, hear popcorn, see popcorn. It’s a snack food I can never resist.

My most favorite type of popcorn is – and if you know me, this shouldn’t be a shock – kettle corn. A slightly sweet, slightly salty popcorn snack is always a welcome treat as far as I’m concerned. I knew I wanted to make it for The Leftovers Club as soon as I saw my match. Elizabeth is our leader in sending back and forth delicious treats. She organizes, puts up with all of our issues and works tirelessly to make this fun for everyone. It means that she needed some kettle corn – the best snack ever – in her life.

Homemade Kettle Corn

A word on making popcorn at home: there are multiple ways in which to pop kernels. You can heat a bit of oil in a pot over medium heat, then add the kernels and a lid. They’ll pop like crazy, it will be good fun. But I had trouble making the kettle corn this way. I followed the instructions exactly and each time, the sugar burned in the pot and it was disgusting – to say the least. My sure-fire, never-fail method is cleaner, neater and easier. Fill a brown paper bag with popcorn and toss it in the microwave. It acts exactly as a bag of popcorn would. After it’s finished popping – use the same guidelines you would on a normal bag of popcorn, listen for the popping to cease – pour it in a bowl and coat it with sugar. The sugar will stick to the hot popcorn and you’ll have this fantastically easy snack ready to go!

Be sure to check out the other Leftover Club recipes, too! Head over to Elizabeth’s blog to sign up!

Homemade Kettle Corn

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Place the popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag. Place it in the microwave and microwave it for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. You should no longer hear kernels popping.
  2. Place the popcorn in a large bowl. Sprinkle sugar and salt on top then toss to coat.
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Sugar Cone Magic Shell

Ice cream is a basic necessity during the summer months. And with any good ice cream, you’ll need this sugar cone magic shell. 

Sugar Cone Magic Shell

When I was a kid, we used to go over into Burlington, New Jersey for different things – mainly trips to my aunt’s house. And often times, especially during the summer, we’d stop at Dairy Queen on the way home. To this day, I associate that drive with Dairy Queen, right there on the main drag into and out of Burlington. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Dairy Queen but man, I am basically always craving a dip top cone.

These days, it’s known better as magic shell. It’s a hard, shell-like topping on the ice cream flavor of your choice that is sweet, slightly crispy, melty and wonderful. As a kid, I’d always order the chocolate dip top – a vanilla cone with chocolate magic shell. But now, you can try a million different magic shell variations! I considered what flavor to make when I set out to make my magic shell and briefly considered chocolate pretzel. But I took my favorite childhood treat and made it into a more current, fun dessert by adding crushed up sugar cones into my magic shell. It’s getting the best of all worlds in one dessert.

Sugar Cone Magic Shell

For any magic shell, you’ll need coconut oil. Coconut oil is what gives it that hard shell. But from there, you can have fun! Chop up some pretzels, add in some peppermints, swirl in a little peanut butter. Do what makes you happy and what reminds you of being a carefree kid!

Sugar Cone Magic Shell 

Sugar Cone Magic Shell

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 sugar ice cream cones, crushed

Instructions

  1. Place the coconut oil and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir.
  2. If not yet completely melted, place back in the microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted.
  3. Stir in the crushed cones. It is now ready to use.
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Cotton Candy Milkshakes

Cotton candy may be trendy, but it’s popular for good reason. This cotton candy milkshake is sweet, festive and fun. 

Cotton Candy Milkshakes

For years, Brian and I talked about opening up a little shop strictly dedicated to milkshakes. Then a friend got involved and we started throwing around the idea of having a milkshake truck instead. Something that could make milkshakes easily available on the spot for the masses. Obviously, it was just fun talk, not an actual idea we were hoping to accomplish. But I always thought if we ever really did do it, we’d call the place “Milkshake.” Just simple and fun.

If we ever opened up Milkshake., it would absolutely feature this cotton candy milkshake on the menu. I hesitated at first, cotton candy is so trendy. I hate falling into trends too heavily. But when I saw the cotton candy flavoring* at our local baking supply store, I couldn’t help myself. I went easy at first, testing it a little here and there. And then I cotton candied all the things. Whipped cream, cheesecake, ice cream, a million different desserts. This milkshake is the crowned jewel of my cotton candy escapades.

It’s easy to whip up, just some ice cream, milk, a little cotton candy flavoring and some blue food dye. The result is sweet, creamy, reminiscent of being at a carnival or fair. It screams summertime and parties and celebrating 

*The cotton candy flavoring was available in my local baking supply store but you can also order it online. It has no color to it, so I added some blue food dye just to give it a nice, festive appearance.

Cotton Candy Milkshakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 - 2 cups milk (depending on how thick you like milkshakes)
  • 2 tsp. cotton candy flavoring
  • blue food dye (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine ice cream, milk, cotton candy flavoring and food dye in a blender and blender until smooth and well mixed.
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Mango Chili Glazed Shrimp #FoodieMamas

Mango chili glazed shrimp are a super fast, super easy dinner option for any weeknight meal. 

Mango Chili Glazed Shrimp

I’m not sure why but I almost always forget about shrimp as an excellent dinner option. Shrimp is fast, it is easy, it’s tasty. There aren’t a lot of reasons NOT to eat shrimp, especially during the summer. Five minutes over the stove or grill and you have a meal completed and ready.

Recently, I joined up with a few fellow bloggers to bring you tasty and family-friendly recipes each month. We choose a different ingredient and go from there. And in June, mangoes were chosen. I waffled back and forth between a sweet and savory dish for a while, but ultimately a quick dinner option won out. 

Mango Chili Glazed Shrimp

From start to finish, this entire meal takes less than 25 minutes.  The most time consuming part is peeling the skins and legs off the shrimp. The rest is easy as pie. A quick glaze comes from some mangoes, a bit of red onion, honey, juice and a healthy scoop of chili powder for some great spice. Slather that on your shrimp while they grill and you’re done. It really is nothing more. The chili has a great kick and the mango is sweet, giving these shrimp an awesome, sweet and spicy flavor fit for any summer time meal!

Mango Chili Glazed Shrimp #FoodieMamas

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. 26-30 shrimp, peeled
  • 2 mangos, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp. chili powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to medium.
  2. Place the shrimp on skewers, 5 or 6 shrimp to a skewer. Set them aside.
  3. In a blender, combine mangoes, red onion, honey, orange juice and chili powder. Blend until smooth.
  4. Place the shrimp on the grill. Using a brush, brush the mango mixture on liberally. Cook for about 1 or 2 minutes then flip and brush the other sides. Cook another minute until the shrimp are pink.
  5. Serve.
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Be sure to check out the rest of the mango posts from my fellow Foodie Mamas!

Mango Habanero Preserve Chicken

Mango Habanero Preserve Chicken

Mango Salsa

mangosalsa(FM)

Mango Coconut Sorbets

dairy-free mango coconut sorbet


Dairy Free Island Smoothies

Dairy-Free Island Smoothies