Turkey Picnic Sandwich with Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
Source: America’s Test Kitchen

Looking for a turkey sandwich that’s equal parts delicious and portable for your next picnic? The team at America’s Test Kitchen did the work for you.  Using store-bought pizza dough and a flavorful spread made of sun-dried tomatoes, capers, garlic and lemon juice along with crowd-pleasing deli turkey and mild Muenster cheese, they created this delicious turkey sandwich that’s as easy to transport as it is to bit into.

Serves: 4  |  Time: 1 hour, plus 1 hour cooling and 2 hours resting

Shopping List


  • 1 pound store-bought pizza dough
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces sliced Muenster cheese
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced deli turkey
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 ¼ cups jarred roasted red peppers, drained and patted dry


  • ¾ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and patted dry
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup capers, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

How to Make Turkey Picnic Sandwich with Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Before You Begin:

  • Letting the pizza dough sit at room temperature for 1 hour makes it easier to shape. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until fragrant and golden brown. If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can use a baking sheet or skillet loaded with hefty canned goods to press the sandwich.

For the sandwich:

  • Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and grease parchment. Place dough on prepared sheet. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Keeping dough on sheet, use your hands to shape dough into rough 7-inch square (edges may be rounded; this is OK). Brush top of dough with oil. Bake until light golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on sheet, about 1 hour.

For the spread:

  • Meanwhile, process tomatoes, almonds, capers, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper flakes in food processor until finely chopped, about 20 seconds, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Transfer to bowl and stir in oil.
  • Slice bread in half horizontally. Spread tomato mixture on cut sides of bread, about ½ cup per piece (use all of it). Layer Muenster, turkey, parsley and red peppers on bread bottom. Cap with bread top and wrap sandwich tightly in double layer of plastic.
  • Place Dutch oven on top of sandwich and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. (Pressed sandwich can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Let come to room temperature before serving.) Unwrap sandwich, cut into quarters and serve. (Sandwich can be kept unrefrigerated for up to 2 hours.)

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