Take a classic combination like fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, add a couple flavor-packed ingredients like olives and sun-dried tomatoes, put it between two pieces of crusty bread and you’ll have a satisfying weekend lunch or an easy warm-weather supper.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the tomato spread (Steps 1-3); cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
- 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
- 1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped California ripe olives
- 8 slices sourdough bread, preferably whole-grain
- 4 ounces fresh mouncezarella, preferably smoked, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 3 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let plump for 10 minutes.
On a cutting board, mash the garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt with the side of a knife until it’s a smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in 1 tablespoon oil, the lemon juice and crushed red pepper.
Drain the tomatoes and finely chop. Add to the bowl with the dressing, along with the olives; mix well.
Spread the tomato mixture on half the bread. Layer on the cheese slices, some pepper, then the tomato slices; season with salt and vinegar. Top with several basil leaves. Brush the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over the remaining bread slices and set them on the sandwiches.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
351 calories; 11g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 5mg cholesterol; 740mg sodium; 40g carbohydrates; 7g fiber; 18g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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