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Simple but Delicious- Open-faced Caprese Sandwich

Caprese generally refer to an Italian salad of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil Capri is an Island in Italy.) My favorite way to eat Caprese is as an open face sandwich with a creamy balsamic dressing. I do not eat mine with basil, as I do not enjoy raw basil. So, that is why my picture loks sad– it doesn’t have that lovely spray of green that is typical of Caprese. If you like basil, 3-4 raw basil leaves on top of your sandwich should do fine. Here is how I make it:

Ingredients:

  • 4 large slices of bakery style Italian bread 
  • Olive oil spray (I use a Misto to spray my oil. If you do not have misto, just pour a couple of tbsp. in a dish and brush it lightly on your bread)
  • 1 clove of garlic with a little of the top cut off
  • 2 medium fresh, in season tomatoes (I use heirloom in the winter) sliced 1/8-1/4 of an inch thick (personal preference rules here)
  • One round of fresh mozzarella sliced into 8 slices
  • Bottled or homemade creamy balsamic dressing ( I take 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. mayo, 1 tsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper and whisk together)
  • 12-16 fresh basil leaves 
  • Finishing salt if desired (you can use plain salt)
  • Black pepper
Ingredients (garlic and basil not pictured)
Preheat a medium-sized skillet or grill pan to medium high heat. While the skillet is heating, spray or brush the olive oil on your bread slices. Cut off a bit of the top of the clove of garlic. Rub the clove all over both sides of all of your bread. when the pan has had 2-3 minutes to heat, add your bread (I usually have to do this dish in two batches as skillets aren’t large enough to do it all at once. Grill the bread until crisp and slightly brown in spots.Flip the bread over to grill the other side. Immediately place the mozzarella slices on the bread (this means that you will have to have it right there and ready to go.) When the bread is crisp and slightly browned on the second side, you can do one of two things. You can remove the sandwich from the heat, pile it with tomatoes, basil, and dressing, or you can move the pan off the burner and put a lid on it for 2 minutes, which will make the cheese ooze a bit. I like my cheese a bit oozie, so I take it off the heat and cover it. After 2 minutes, you put 2-3 slices of tomatoes, 3-4 leaves of basil, and drizzle the dressing on top. It can be a bit messy to eat, so have napkins at the ready! 
Sometimes, I just have it as a simple salad (again, without the raw basil.)
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This entry was posted on January 5, 2012 by in Eat, Recipes, Simple but Delicious.