Today’s post is going to be short & sweet! Mainly because my butt is on fire guys. Whoa. I started PT last week for this hip thing I have and I am sore in muscles…I knew I had (lets be serious), but were pretty content not getting any use. Now they’re very unhappy about not being able to free load off the rest of my lower half – so high maintenance! But before I go duct tape ice around my entire body I need to share my Caprese Sandwich recipe with you all!
I made these sandwiches for a party I catered last weekend – they’re so simple, but with the right details taste extravagant. What takes these over the top is a rich balsamic vinaigrette dressing, seasoning of the tomatoes and mozzarella, and really fresh and delicious ingredients.
Corner Bakery’s are nationwide right? I used their ciabatta for the party and it was fabulous. Its the perfect size, texture, and flavor – sometimes ciabatta you find at the grocery store can be oversized and tough, these worked great – especially if you order fresh (perfect for parties). So the bottom line is to find good bread. Makes such a yummy difference!
And then… find good tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Tomatoes are out of season right now, but if you look for the little ‘Compari’ ones at the store, these are usually pretty sweet and tastier than some of the larger varieties despite it being February. Yum!
So now that I’ve sent you on a scavenger hunt for your ingredients :) Here is my super simple sandwich recipe! Enjoy your weekends everyone!
Yields 4 sandwiches
For the Sandwiches
- 2 – 8×2-inch ciabatta loafs (or whatever you can find, enough for 4 sandwiches), sliced in half horizontally, then cut into 4 equal parts (or GF loaf)
- 1/4 lb compari tomatoes (about 6 little tomatoes), sliced
- 1 – 4 oz ball fresh mozzarella ovolini, drained and sliced
- 1 bunch fresh basil (about 8 leaves)
- kosher salt and pepper
For the Dressing
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (if you are gluten free make sure to check the labels for a GF* mustard)
- pinch sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- pinch salt & pepper
- Make the Dressing – Whisk together balsamic vinegar, mustard, and sugar. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Assemble Sandwiches – Layer mozzarella slices, followed by tomatoes, on the bottom of each of the 4 sandwiches. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Place about 2 basil leaves over the top of each tomato layer. Brush dressing over the top half of each ciabatta piece and sandwich with bottom halves together.
Nutrition Information (per sandwich); Calories: 285, Fat: 10 grams