Tomato & Smoked Mozzarella Sandwiches

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Tomato & Smoked Mozzarella Sandwiches

Tomato & Smoked Mozzarella Sandwiches

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.

Serves 4

Prep Time 15 min

Total Time 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, (not oil-packed)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoon 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 mozzarella, 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

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let plump for 10 minutes.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Drain the tomatoes and finely chop. Add to the bowl with the dressing, along with the olives; mix well.

Step 4

Spread the tomato mixture on half the bread. Layer on 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.


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