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Gourmet sandwiches with the best Italian cold cuts
The time for picnics and sandwiches has come. Who said that a sandwich cannot be tasty, healthy and genuine? Here you will find some ideas for incredible sandwiches that are easy to prepare and ideal to bring with you in a picnic basket - to be savoured sitting on grass in the shade of a tree.
First and foremost, cold cuts, cheeses and bread must be nothing short of delicious; as a matter of fact, there are different kinds of hams and cheeses that you can choose. And that goes for sauces, too! Only by using prime-quality ingredients can one make a delicious sandwich.
The secret lies in the combination of flavours for the filling and in the choice of bread, too. Different kinds of bread or schiacciata flatbread can, of course, affect the final flavour; they must have the right consistency so as to create a nice contrast with the sandwich filling.
First things first, take out the cutting board and let’s start slicing some bread. Then you will “only” need exceptional cold cuts, extraordinary cheeses and amazing sauces and spreads. Don’t worry, though – we will take care of everything. You will only need to bring your own picnic basket and a nice and comfy picnic blanket.
Rosetta white bread rolls with Mortadella, buffalo mozzarella and sundried tomatoes
The name of this sandwich is enough to make us start salivating. Mortadella has a unique scent and an incredible, sweet, full and perfectly balanced flavour. It has a soft and velvety consistency to the palate that perfectly blends with the voluptuous flavour of buffalo mozzarella.
Sundried tomatoes help creating a contrast with the soft ingredients and balance the flavours out. They are flavourful, sapid and have an incredible texture – they’re perfect to top off this sandwich. Rosetta white bread roll pairs perfectly well with Mortadella, as tradition dictates.
Schiacciata flatbread with Parma dry-cured ham, pesto and aubergines packed in oil
Three traditional delicacies packed in just one sandwich – it doesn’t get better than that!
PDO Parma dry-cured ham needs no introduction. It is the most famous Italian ham abroad thanks to its perfectly balanced flavour. It is scented and delicate, with the right fat ratio and it melts in the mouth.
Pesto sauce lends the sandwich a kick of flavour and intensity, while aubergines packed in oil have an enveloping flavour and consistency that take this sandwich to the next level. Careful: prepare 2-3 napkins before biting into this sandwich!
Tuscan bread with Salame di Varzi, PDO Fiore Sardo cheese and artichoke spread
It is a sandwich with a strong, robust and intense flavour. Tuscan bread is of course unsalted, which makes it the perfect pairing for these ingredients; it would be ideal to roast it and make it crunchy.
PDO Salame di Varzi is one of the finest Italian salamis. It is sweet and fragrant with an unforgettable flavour and scent. PDO Fiore sardo cheese also has a strong and intense flavour that becomes spicier as ripening progresses.
The artichoke spread is soft and velvety, creating exceptional contrasting consistencies. Thanks to its unmistakable flavour, it also adds a fresh note to the sandwich.
Be careful, though: while Salame di Varzi and Fiore Sardo cheeses are officially certified products, you could stumble upon bad-quality artichoke spreads. Only choose spreads make with Italian extra virgin olive oil – you will taste the difference!
Walnut bread with smoked beef, bolete mushrooms packed in oil and truffle spread
Try this sandwich once and you’ll never be able to live without it – believe me. Mushroom and truffle are a classic flavour combination, but by adding the unmistakable flavour of smoked beef, the result is even more exceptional. Walnut bread adds some crunchiness, making this sandwich all the more enticing.
Pay close attention to the quality of ingredients. There is a huge difference between a high-quality truffle spread and a mediocre product, so remember to always take a look at the label. If you spot any preservatives, colouring agents, artificial aromas etc., put it back on the shelf and leave it there – it’s not worth it.
If you love the real flavour of truffles and want to savour a top-quality spread, try the white truffle spread. It is not a sauce made from truffles, but actual white truffles that are minced to a spread. It’s completely different: that’s exactly what you need, if you want to eat an unforgettable sandwich.
Here you have four different kinds of cold cuts for four finger-licking sandwiches. This is the real deal – no sad triangle sandwiches, no bread that tastes like cardboard or weird fillings. Remember – in order to make exceptional sandwiches, you need the best cold cuts, cheeses and sauces. And we are the experts of delicious food!