Monday, April 14, 2014

Caprese Sandwich with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwiches are my absolute favorite.  Most of the time, I just eat them with a splash of balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper, which is fantastic, but this vinaigrette puts it right over the top.  


We will have this sandwich about a million times this summer.  The basil pictured is from my garden already and hopefully mid summer, we will have some pretty Roma tomatoes ready for picking!  If you love caprese salad, you'll love this sandwich.    


You don't have to use ciabatta rolls, but choose something hearty.  I love ciabatta because the vinaigrette really seeps down into all the nooks and crannies of the bread.  And be sure to choose a good, soft mozzarella cheese.  You'll probably have to look in the specialty cheese department of your grocery store.  Enjoy!  Once you try it, I'm sure it will become a weekly quick dinner in your house as well!
   
Serves 2

Caprese Sandwich with Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 ciabatta rolls
1 large Roma tomato, sliced
6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
4 to 6 basil leaves

For the vinaigrette
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
pinch of sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper

In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic, mustard, Italian seasoning and sugar until combined.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Slowly whisk in the olive oil.  Brush the cut sides of each ciabatta roll, top and bottom, with the vinaigrette.  Layer tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves.  Drizzle the remaining vinaigrette (to taste) on top of the basil leaves.  Serve immediately.

(Source:  Adapted from the Food Network)

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