I'm sure we've all heard of Caprese Salad by now. It's quite refreshing - slices of mozzarella, slices of tomatoes, basil leaves, with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top. It's not very substantial though. So I came up with the idea of having a Caprese Sandwich. It's the same concept, only on a baguette. Yum!
So here's our cast of characters:
And silly me, I forgot to include the olive oil and balsamic vinegar into the picture.
Start off with your bread. Get a chunk of it. And slice it hamburger style.
Add a few slices of tomatoes to it. In my case, I added two.
Then add some basil leaves.
Put some slices of mozzarella.
And there you go! A caprese sandwich!
Ha! Just kidding. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar.
And now some extra-virgin olive oil.
P.S. I was at a museum the other day, and I got a (rather pricey) caprese sandwich there, just for comparison purposes. They used (to my dismay, dry) focaccia instead, which totally makes it more Italian. Annddd, they used pesto instead of basil leaves. So, feel free to tweak this sandwich till your heart's content!
Here's the recipe:
Note: The amounts of ingredients are intentionally left out. Adjust the amounts to your preference. If you want more basil and less cheese, go for it!
Bread (I used French)
Slices of mozzarella cheese (I used water buffalo)
Extra virgin olive oil
Cut the bread in half, lengthwise. (I'm using French, so adjust it to your bread's shape). Add slices of cheese and tomatoes. Add some basil leaves too. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and EVOO on top. Done!