By David Willis

Fed up with limp sarnies when you hit the park or the beach for a summer picnic?

Well, try the spectacular Secret Sandwich.

It looks just like a crusty loaf – but inside is a treasure trove of delights.

In fact, it’s almost too good-looking to eat.

I’ve gone with a pizza-inspired version here, because it’s one of the ways I can get my kids to eat salad vegetables, but you’ll know what you – and they ­– like.



One boule loaf

Crisp salad leaves

Two 125g mozzarella balls, thinly sliced

Three tomatoes, sliced finely

Three roasted red peppers, sliced into quarters lengthways

100g roast ham

Olive oil

Salt and pepper


Carefully slice the top off the loaf, leaving at least a two inch border all around, and set the “lid” to one side.

Scoop out the soft bread inside and brush the interior and the inside of the lid with the olive oil.

Treat yourself like a Canadian... try our Nanaimo recipe

Using half the ham, cover the bottom of the well you made in the bread. Then put in a layer of tomatoes, a good seasoning, a layer of basil, a layer of cheese, a layer of leaves and a layer of peppers. Repeat until all your filling ingredients are used up, then top with the lid.

Wrap in greaseproof paper and tie up with string, ready for the big reveal.

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