We try to eat lunch in the garden as often as possible, and we know there’s nothing better than sharing a feast outdoors with family and friends. There’s something about fresh air and warm weather that makes even the simplest food taste special. Not enough time to make homemade quiche or sausage rolls? No problem, just pop into your local Co-op and pick up some from our picnic and sharing range, all 3 for 2 at the moment.
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I’d make this loaf as the star of any picnic, slicing it up into smaller pieces for everyone to help themselves. The best thing about this recipe is that you can fill it with whatever you like. Mix it up with different layers of meat, cheese and seasonal grilled veg - there’s bound to be something that everyone likes. Swap the courgette for grilled aubergine, or the mozzarella for goat’s cheese or cheddar - the flavour combos are endless! It’s also so easy to make – just grab the fillings and a crusty loaf from in store, and watch our video to see how it’s done.
Preheat the grill to very hot, halve and deseed the peppers. Place on a baking tray and grill until the skins turn black. Meanwhile, put the courgette onto another baking tray and grill alongside, until just cooked. Put the peppers into a plastic bag and peel away the skins.
Cut the lid off the loaf and pull out the middle – leave a good crust so that it will stay crisp once the loaf is filled. Start layering all the ingredients inside with basil leaves dotted through the layers. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
Replace lid, wrap in greaseproof and baking paper and tie with string to keep it together or wrap in cling film. Chill in the fridge for about an hour.