The Burghley Bloomer

The Burghley Bloomer

  • 1 x large round loaf of bread
  • 200g of pesto
  • 2 x balls of buffalo mozzarella, torn
  • Selection of chargrilled vegetables, sliced lengthways: 1 x aubergines, 2x courgettes, 2x red/yellow peppers
  • 2 x chicken breast, cut into strips
  • A handful of rocket leaves
  • Raw red onion - sliced
  • 1x beef tomato, sliced
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Cut a hole in the top of the loaf of bread and hollow it out so all you are left with is the crust and a lid. The idea being that it becomes like a container
  2. Generously spread the pesto on the base of the hollowed loaf
  3. Layer the mozzarella on top of the pesto, and then the chargrilled vegetables, followed by the chicken, rocket leaves, onions and tomatoes
  4. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper
  5. Press it down nice and flat so that you can fit as much filling as possible into the loaf
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 so that the loaf is brimming with ingredients
  7. Place the lid on top of the loaf and then wrap it tightly in cling film
  8. The longer this can be left in the cling film the better it will taste, so pack it into the picnic in the back of the car and leave it alone until you are at your picnic destination
  9. When you are ready to eat, remove the cling film and then slice it up in to chunks to serve.

Ahead of this year's Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, which takes place on 1-4 September, title sponsor Land Rover has collaborated with TV chef James Martin to encourage Burghley spectators to go the extra mile with their picnics this year.

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