A make ahead kid friendly sandwich recipe that is simple to assemble, tastes amazing, and is better when squished! The perfect picnic or camping recipe you make ahead. This Muffuletta style summer sandwich is great for kids – and was in fact, made by a kid!
This post was sponsored by Sargento as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
One of my favorite family activities in summer is camping. While we don’t do a ton of camping, we have a few trips planned this summer.
I grew up camping with my family and traveled to some beautiful state parks in the Midwest. While I might be a bit more high maintenance than I once was, (I really want a bed, not the ground, and maybe a bathroom?!), my kids LOVE camping.
When we are camping no one misses their iPods or TV shows; there is only the woods, maybe a rented RV (that’s the way I roll these days), the lake, some bikes, and food. Lots of food.
My favorite way to plan meals for camping is simple:
- Use up food already in the house
- Plan meals that I can either make at home and bring
- Bring simple foods that can be cooked on the campfire
Seeming that I always have the makings for sandwiches in my house, my favorite camping recipe is this Muffuletta summer sandwich recipe.
This sandwich is perfect in so many ways –> you are supposed to squish it before eating. Um… pack the cooler and load everything on top! The perfect camping food.
Now, as much as I love the traditional muffuletta sandwich, my kids do not. This time around, I thought I would let my daughter take charge and make this summer sandwich recipe for us. I need to note that she is not typically a sandwich eater, but she was happy to take on the task, and gobbled the sandwich down when it was time to dive in!
Her favorite cheese is provolone, which we were out of, so off to the brand new Meijer store that recently opened in Green Bay. I am kind of nerdy – I was really excited to check out the new grocery store!
Meijer had an awesome cooler section where there were tons of choices. We went with Ultra Thin® Provolone, Havarti, and Sharp Cheddar Sargento 100% Real, Natural Cheese Slices for or our tasty summer sandwich.
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So how do you make this tasty summer sandwich recipe that kids and adults alike will be thrilled about?!
My 9 year old daughter will walk you through step by step:
Gather your ingredients.
Choose your favorite meats and cheeses. I went with these dinner rolls that I grabbed out of the bakery. Look for dinner rolls that are a bit crusty and baked together like these. Slice the whole thing in half horizontally – don’t pull apart the separate rolls!
Muffulatta salad is what makes this sandwich.
You can alway make your own muffuletta salad recipe, but for time savings, I grabbed a jar of pre-made salad. Spread 1/2 cup on the bottom of the bread. I am not an olive fan, but I LOVE the muffuletta salad in a light layer on this summer sandwich!
I believe every sandwich needs some veggies.
Gabby was happy to layer on a few spinach leaves. Pick your families favorite leafy green and put as much or as little as your kiddos would like. I encourage you to let them make the sandwich!
Next on, Ultra Thin® Provolone.
Gabby choose turkey, ham, and her favorite salami.
You will always find Sharp Cheddar in my fridge.
I love the strong flavor of this cheese. Another tip? You can use less of it in recipes because the flavor is stronger than a more mild cheese saving calories and fat!
Gabby tried Havarti for the first time and loved it.
She surprised me when she added another layer of spinach! Be still my heart… 🙂
Top the sandwich with the top of the bread and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
Place sandwich into the refrigerator (or cooler) and top with something heavy.
I choose my cast iron pan filled with jars. Let sit over night.
Voila! A delicious summer sandwich filled with all the good stuff.
The buns give you a pattern to cut the sandwich into, and they are perfect sizes for little hands! You could individually wrap the sandwiches for grab and go meals while camping or picnicking.
I recommend wrapping them in tin foil, then placing them above the camp fire for a little while to get the cheese melty and the meat warmed. Yum.
The best summer sandwich you will have this year! Simple to make, better to eat 🙂
Muffuletta Style Summer Sandwich
A make ahead sandwich that is simple to assemble, tastes amazing, and is better when squished! The perfect picnic or camping recipe that you make a day before. This Muffuletta style summer sandwich is kid friendly, and was in fact, made by a kid!
- 1 bag crusty dinner rolls, still connected If you can't find these, use any crusty style bread
- 1/2 cup Muffuletta Salad
- 1 cup spinach, divided
- 6 slices Ultra Thin® Provolone such as Sargento® Slices
- 1/2 lb. turkey sandwich meat
- 6 slices Sharp Cheddar such as Sargento® Slices
- 1/2 lb. ham sandwich meat
- 6 slices Havarti such as Sargento® Slices
- 12 slices salami sandwich meat
Slice dinner rolls in half, horizontally. Set top aside.
Spread Muffuletta salad onto bottom of rolls.
Place 1/2 of the spinach onto rolls.
Layer Ultra Thin® Provolone on top.
Add turkey sandwich meat.
Top with Sharp Cheddar.
Add ham sandwich meat.
Top with Havarti cheese.
Add salami sandwich meat.
Add remaining spinach.
Place top of buns on sandwich.
Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate placing a cast iron pan with jars on top, or something heavy.
Let sit at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
Slice and enjoy!
Warm sandwich for a delicious spin on this summer sandwich!
For Camping: After cutting sandwich, wrap individually in tin foil. Place over campfire to warm the sandwich!
Do you camp? What is your favorite make ahead recipes? Share below!
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