Turkish Bread, Pita bread and Panini are versatile, tasty breads that provide the perfect base for a wide range of nutritious and exciting snacks or main meals. Sandwich with any of the following delicious filling combos.

FILLING HINTS: They can also be purchased from the deli section of most supermarkets as can roasted red capsicums. Pre-made felafel or felafel mixes are available from the refrigerated section of most supermarkets.


A loaf of Turkish Bread will make 3 regular-size sandwiches — if desired, cut the crusts off each end of the loaf. Divide loaf into equal portions, then cut each portion in half horizontally. Spread the cut surfaces lightly with butter before filling.


• Hummus, roasted red capsicum, sliced cheese and salad greens.

• Shredded smoked chicken, halved grapes, blanched asparagus and mayonnaise.

• Honey-roasted Kumara and Carrot Slices (see recipe below) with finely sliced spring onions, salad greens and chutney or mayonnaise of your choice.


kumara pure olive oil carrots liquid honey

Preheat oven to 2300 C. Peel kumara and carrots and cut into 5-mm-thick slices. Drizzle a little oil over the base of a roasting dish. Heat in oven for 3—4 minutes. Add kumara and carrot slices. Drizzle over a little honey and toss to coat.

Roast for 10—1 2 minutes, turning occasionally, until vegetables are cooked through and golden. Remove from oven. Cool.

Cook's Note: Covered and refrigerated, roasted vegetables will keep for up to 3 days.


For a deep pita pocket (1 large sandwich), tear a small strip from the edge of the pita bread to form a pocket. Alternatively, tear the pita pocket in half to give 2 smaller pockets.


• Sliced roast lamb, Tabouleh and Yoghurt Dressing

(combine 1/2 cup natural unsweetened yoghurt with I teaspoon lemon juice,

1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic and freshly ground black pepper).

• Felafel, Hummus and Tabouleh with Yoghurt Dressing (see recipe above).


Use a bread knife to slice open the panini lengthwise then fill as desired. Cook filled panini in a toasted-sandwich maker or lightly greased frying pan for 3—5 minutes.


Ham, mozzarella and tomato — fill with sliced ham, sliced tomato and sliced mozzarella cheese.

• Bacon, avocado, tomato and cheese — grill rashers of rindless bacon until crisp. Allow 2 rashers of bacon per panini and top with sliced avocado, sliced tomato and sliced mozzarella or tasty cheddar cheese.

• Grilled vegetables and feta — if desired, spread cuts surfaces of panini with pesto. Top with sliced feta cheese and grilled vegetables.

Toasted Bread Sandwiches — any of the above combinations can be made into open-faced sandwiches, which are ideal for serving as a light meal. For open-faced sandwiches, cut the bread in half horizontally.

Brush the cut surfaces lightly with extra virgin olive oil, then toast under a preheated grill until light golden.

Place a piece of toasted bread on a serving plate. Top with ingredients of your choice.