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Sit on it Sammie (for a crowd)

1 large round or oval loaf of unsliced French or Sourdough bread (Italian will work too)
1 (6 1/2 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained & chopped, liquid reserved
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 large ripe tomatoes, sliced
3 ounces thinly sliced salami
1/2 lb thinly sliced turkey breast
1/4 lb mozzarella or provolone cheese slices
1 (2 1/2 ounce) can sliced ripe black olives, drained
1 small purple onion, thinly sliced

Cut loaf of bread in half horizontally and hollow out the soft bread from both halves, leaving a shell about 3/4-inch thick. Reserve soft bread for another use. In small bowl, combine half the artichoke liquid with the mayonnaise and spread onto insides of both bread shells. In bottom half, layer ingredients at least three times until mounded high, beginning and ending with tomatoes. Place top half of bread over mound of ingredients.

Wrap entire loaf tightly with plastic wrap. This must be assembled at least 2 hours before serving, but can be assembled up to 8 hours before serving. Refrigerate. Before serving, place the wrapped sandwich on a hard surface and place a cookie sheet over it. Now sit on it. this will smash the ingredients together making the sandwich more delicious and much easier to cut and serve. Do not omit this step. Slice the loaf into wedges to serve.

~ Val "I haven't made this large of a size but I make it on a smaller scale using the long French bread, then instead of sitting on it (LOL) I just press it down really hard. By the way, if you have any mayo mixture left over it makes a really great tasting salad dressing!"