Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pastrami Pesto Picnic Sammich

As I mentioned in the previous post, we tried to keep our costs down during our recent Colorado trip by fixing our own food. But we couldn't just fix cereal and ham and cheese, it needed to be something yummy! Our Egg & Avocado on Toast was perfect for breakfast and this delicious sammie was perfect for our on-the-go picnics.

On Sat, we explored Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood, CO. It was breath-taking to say the least. Bear Creek Lake Park has so much to offer any outdoors person. They have several lakes for kayaking and boating, a campground, tons of hiking trails, and a huge bike path. We saw more cyclist here than we've ever seen before. Literally, like, a hundred cyclist, probably.

The park also offer some pretty awesome picnic locations all throughout the park. Each picnic table was covered, which I was very happy to see. A little known fact about Colorado to those of us who don't live there is that the sun is fierce! So covered picnic tables were an awesome sight for this lily-white girl! 

We even spotted a coyote on our way out!

Above is what our lunch looked like. We grabbed a fruit platter from the store and ate on that for breakfast, lunch, and some snacking. We also grabbed some Boulder Canyon Chips. OMG! We LOVE Boulder Canyon Chips! We grabbed some of these two years ago when we were visiting Boulder, CO and have been craving them ever since.

The view from where we sat at one of the picnic shelters was beautiful. While we were eating lunch in roughly 75 degree weather, there were these light fluffy seeds that were seemingly floating around everywhere we went. It made it look like it was snowing! Very beautiful, but unfortunately I wasn't able to really capture it with my camera.

This sandwich was partially inspired by the Italian Compressed Sandwich we did a couple of months ago. This one however is a simpler version that is quick to make and just as delicious to eat! Give it a shot for lunch tomorrow or on your next picnic!

Pastrami Pesto Picnic Sammich
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Recipe Created by WilliamsKitchen

Serves 2

4 slices of good Italian loaf bread
4-6 slices of beef pastrami
2-3 slices of fresh mozzarella
4 slices of tomato
2-4 tbsp of basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)
Salt and pepper

To build:
Smear pesto onto one side of the 4 slices of bread. Top 2 slices of bread with pastrami, mozzarella (add salt to cheese if desired), tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the top and slices on a diagonal.

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