Toasted caprese sandwich

Toasted caprese sandwich


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About this recipe: Roasted garlic bread is layered with ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and soft mozzarella cheese - then baked until hot, melted and delicious.

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Serves: 4 

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, split in half horizontally
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 10 leaves fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 225g fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat an oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
  2. Cut off the top of the head of garlic to expose the cloves, trimming about 1/2cm off of the top of each clove. Drizzle the cut cloves with olive oil, then nestle the head into a piece of foil. Place in preheated oven and bake until the cloves are tender, about 35 minutes. Remove garlic from oven; do not turn oven off. Squeeze garlic from cloves into a small dish; mash into a paste.
  3. Spread the butter on the cut sides of the bread, sprinkle with rosemary and place on a baking tray. Toast bread in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and spread with garlic paste. Top one half of loaf with basil and tomatoes. Drizzle tomato slices with balsamic vinegar. Top remaining half of loaf with sliced mozzarella. Return sandwich halves to baking tray.
  4. Place in hot oven and cook until the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes. Allow sandwich to cool slightly before assembling. Cut into 4 pieces to serve.

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