Toasted Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwich

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

School started last week, here's this year's "first day of school" picture (we weren't able to get a picture of both the boys genuinely smiling)...
The boys were hilarious, getting up at 6am wasn't something they were prepared to handle. They had school 2 days last week but crashed all 3 nights by 7pm. So Justin and I had a couple dinners on our own! We were starving when we made these sandwiches and they were SO good! Justin said he loved how fresh they tasted! We inhaled them while standing over the sink...I laugh because when the boys are gone I think we will abandon our table to eat all our meals over the sink (it's weird how we like to hover there).
** Update- a friend told me this is actually a "Caprese Sandwich", shows you how much I know ;-)

1 loaf French or Italian bread
1 carton of cherry tomatoes
6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Olive oil

Slice the tomatoes in half and place them cut-side up in a baking dish. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. The tomatoes will be soft and a little shriveled when they are done. Slice the loaf of bread into two equal portions. Then, slice each portion in half lengthwise and rub the bread with olive oil. Spoon the tomatoes onto one side of the bread and sprinkle with basil and garlic. Lay on the mozzarella slices! Place sandwiches, open faced, into a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes, until bread is crispy and cheese is melted. When they come out of the oven, fold the top over and press down - the olive oil will soak into the bread and form a natural “dressing” for the sandwich. Serve warm.


Barbara Bakes said...

Oh my - this sounds fabulous, standing up, sitting down or leaning of the kitchen sink!

Coleens Recipes said...

WOW OH WOW, what a sandwich!! I had to laugh about your sink comment. When the kids were home, we all sat at a huge 6' dining table that my husband made. These days, the only time someone sits at it is for the holidays. We thoroughly enjoy our recliner meals........haha.

Katy ~ said...

Carrie, this sandwich looks awesome. I'm a sucker for fresh tomatoes and basil, and that's just for starters! Love that the tomatoes are roasted first. YUM YUM

LOL about eating over the sink! Too often when I am serving up portions at the kitchen counter, we never make it to the take to sit down to enjoy it. It looks so good that we "sample" until it's all gone! Once in a great while we eat from the pot while we're standing at the stove. Aaaah, the privileges of being an adult!!

Jacque said...

Oh my! I can see why you didn't make it to the table with these. They look fantastic! I love all the fresh tomoatoes. They look like they were at their peak.

Melissa said...

Yummmmm, I just picked a ton of cherry tomatoes and needed a recipe to use them up. Thanks

Donna-FFW said...

This is so my kind of sandwich. I love the ingredients and the way you prepared the bread, oh yes, it would be devoured by myself!

LaurenaDoone said...

Hey carrie! I agree w/everyone else..this sandwhich looks great, just like all your recipes! I've been meaning to tell you that your page is the reason I just started my own! I stumbled upon it while searching Google for a recipe and had never read a blog before. I was hooked on looking at all your recipes along with stories:) I'm just starting my page and really appreciate your comment. Thanks for the inspiration!

Amber said...

Who needs Panera when you have sammies from Carrie! This looks awesome!

Nicole said...

Looks good. The comment on the sink made me laugh. My grandfather heard about a term for that called "sinkies" - people who eat their dinners over the sink - and he was so enamored of it it was actually used to describe him in his eulogy. :)