Picnic Bread Rolls

It’s Spring, finally! The moment the weather starts to change, the days and evenings become longer, the sun gets brighter…I immediately want to eat different foods. Often those are things I associate with picnics: fresh salads, couscous, savoury tarts and a variety of stuffed breads.

While you can also layer a simple sandwich with the ingredients of this recipe, I think a cobb loaf (or picnic loaf/stuffed bread/whatever you want to call it) is really worth the effort. All the ingredients remain in place, so this loaf makes a perfect portable dish, and the bread really soaks up the summery flavors of the filling.


picnic bread rolls or cobb loaves or gevuld brood






You can make one big loaf, but I made individual portions this time. These loaves are equally good eaten hot (so the cheese gets melted) or cold.







You can vary with the ingredients, some ideas: use feta or parmesan instead of the mozzarella, add some prosciutto or salami, substitute artichoke hearts or grilled eggplant for the vegetables and use a pesto instead of the sundried tomato spread.

picnic bread or cobb loaf gevuld brood

Picnic Breads

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

4 (or 1 big one)

Picnic Breads


4 small bread rolls (crispy on the outside)
1 zucchini, sliced in thin rounds
4 tablespoons sundried tomato spread (or pesto/tapenade)
a handful of fresh basil leaves
7 oz. (200 gr.) mozzarella cheese
2 roasted red bell peppers


  1. Heat a grill pan and grill zucchini slices, until they are somewhat charred.
  2. Use a small knife and cut the top third off each bread roll. Scoop out bread, but leave a 0.5 inch (1 cm) shell.
  3. Spread the inside of the rolls with half the tomato spread, then add the basil leaves and half the sliced mozzarella. Add the grilled zucchini, the roasted red peppers and the other half of the mozzarella and sundried tomato spread.
  4. Replace the tops of the bread rolls and press down firmly.
  5. Place a can (or something heavy) on top of each roll to weigh down. Cover with foil and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (longer is better).
  6. Let come to room temperature and serve cold or bake for 10 minutes in a 400F (200C) oven until the breads are crispy and cheese has melted.


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