Peachy Picnic Sliders

The Sandwich Surprise: Easy peasy Fresh Peach and Honey Lavender Goat Cheese Sliders.

al fresco sammy crop

The Inspiration: Eating al fresco — the theme for July’s Let’s Lunch gathering — which, to me, means reveling in summer’s fresh-picked fruits and herbs. And this is a picnic sammy you can easily prep outdoors. No cooking necessary!

The Ingredients:

Small organic whole wheat/white rolls: You can, of course, buy these at the grocery store. But if you want to bake, I used half the recipe for the whole wheat/white sandwich bread from p. 78 of my bread bible, Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day, and baked it at 450˚ in a 12 cup muffin tin coated with olive oil to give the crust a savory crunch.

Organic snow angel peaches and organic tarragon:

al fresco snow angel peaches

Lavender Honey Goat Cheese: I first had this during the USA-Portugal World Cup match shindig hosted by my friends, Craig and Jamie.


Chopped almonds

Optional: Thinly sliced hard salami — These sliders are delicious on their own, but if you’re looking for a more substantial meal, the saltiness of the salami plays well with the fresh herbaceousness of the sammy.

The Sandwich Surprisee:

Lia: Score! Lia is a huge cheese lover, so the honey lavender goat cheese could be just her thing.

al fresco lia

The Al Fresco Locale: Foodie mecca, Madison Square Park

The Verdict: Lia tried and dug both the vegetarian and salamiarian versions. “The cheese is delicious, and the salami goes well with the peach,” said Lia. “I never would’ve thought of putting these flavors together.”

(Update: Lia brought more sliders back to her office; Mari said she loved the “muff-wich” and Adam added, “It was the perfect afternoon snack! I loved the sweetness of the peach complimented by the savory of the goat cheese!!! Better than any late afternoon candy bar!!!”)

The Public Service Announcement: To all citizens bearing sandwiches: Let it be known far and wide that Lia HATES condiments on bread. “The more people know that I hate ketchup, mustard and mayo on sandwiches,” she says, “the easier my life will be.”

The Recipe:

Optional: Get your wheat rolls nice and crunchy by heating them up in the oven for 5-10 mins at 350˚. They don’t need to be hot or even warm for this sandwich, but I like the savory olive oil crisp the rolls got with a pre-sammy bake.

Slice the peaches, unpeeled, and layer two on the bottom halves of the rolls.

Smear 1-3 tablespoons to taste of the lavender honey goat cheese on top.

Sprinkle some chopped almonds and tarragon leaves.

For the meatatarian version, put a several thin slices of hard salami on the rolls underneath the peach layer.

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*Let’s Lunch is a fun group of food bloggers from all over the world. We have a virtual lunch date every month via Twitter (#letslunch) and share each others’ posts on a new topic each time. Here are the other Let’s Lunchers’ al fresco favorites!

Annabelle’s Butterscotch Brownies at Glass of Fancy

Betty Ann’s Adobong Mani or Peanuts in Garlic at Asian In America

Cheryl’s Summer Pesto at Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Grace’s review of The Great Outdoors Cookbook at Hapa Mama

Karen’s Watermelon Mint Cocktails at GeoFooding

Linda S.’s Spicy Nectarine and Tomato Salad at Spice Box Travels

Lisa’s Spinach and Three-Cheese Coil Pastries at Monday Morning Cooking Club

Margaret’s Pudding and Cookie Dessert Jars at Tea and Scones, Too

Sonja’s Lamb, Dukkah, Kale and Feta Scrolls at Foodnutzz

Please check back here for more al fresco-themed links to Let’s Lunch’s other bloggers, as I’ll update them throughout the day!

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