Meatless Monday: Caprese Sandwich

April 15, 2013

A caprese sandwich is a fresh meatless meal.  Homemade basil pesto is layered with fresh mozzarella cheese and thick slices of sweet tomatoes.  This sandwich is super simple but the flavors are bright and refreshing.  This dish can be on the table in just 10 minutes.

Caprese Sandwich

Recipe Courtesy of Sandwich 365

Ingredients:

Sandwich:
2 slices bread (or a bun)
1 fresh ripe tomato (sliced)
1 ball fresh mozzarella (sliced)
1 handful fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon basil pesto (optional see recipe below)
1 splash balsamic vinegar (optional)
2 Grill if desired
 
Basil Pesto:
1 cup fresh basil (packed)
1/4 cup spinach (optional, helps keep the pesto nice and green)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
2 tablespoons pine nuts (toasted)
1/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano (grated)
3 tablespoons olive oil
lemon juice to taste (optional)
salt to taste
 
Directions:
 
Place everything into a food processor and blend, build your Caprese Sandwich so that the pesto peeks through the top layer as it marries with the cheese, which fuses with the tomato, which sits on the bread, which absorbs the virgin oil, which softens the bread, which holds the whole thing together? A rhapsody!

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