Lunch

By Lindsay Hunt | May 23, 2011

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The days have been rainy in New York, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming of summery picnics in the park. My apartment is close enough to a park that I can go on a whim, but far away enough that once I get there, I can’t return home for a snack.

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Coming prepared for a picnic is essential, and ideally, that snack will be easy to transport. Enter this simple French-Italian combination which is as easily wrapped up and carted to the nearest patch of green as it is enjoyed at home.

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

Combining one of the great culinary strengths of Italian food culture with two of the most delicious French ingredients, this sandwiches builds on simple pleasures. Buttery prosciutto ham combines with slices of sharp, nutty cheese. Between two crusty pieces of baguette, this sandwich is the perfect transportable meal, making it a go-to choice for picnic dates.

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

Whether you have sunny days suited for a picnic, or dreary indoors days ahead, this sandwich can transport you to Europe in a bite.

For a vegetarian version, replace the prosciutto with lightly dressed mixed greens or roasted red peppers.

What’s your go-to picnic sandwich?

Picnic for Two: Prosciutto and Cheese Sandwiches Recipe

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2/3 of 1 French baguette(save the rest for homemade breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • Sea Salt
  • 4-6 slices prosciutto
  • 4 slices Comte or Gruyere cheese

Directions

1. Slice the baguette into three pieces, setting aside one piece for another use. Cut the two remaining pieces of baguette horizontally, to make two halves of a sandwich. Divide the butter between the four slices, spreading to coat lightly. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

2. Divide the prosciutto between the two bottom slices of bread. Top with the slices of cheese and place the top half of the bread on top of the cheese. Wrap and pack for a picnic, or enjoy at home with a mixed green salad.

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