Toasted caprese sandwich

    1 hour 15 min

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

    2 people made this

    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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    Surprisingly easy and tasty! The only ways I differ from the recipe: instead of roasting the garlic, I add some minced garlic to the butter before toasting the bread. This is purely a time-saver--I'm sure it's awesome with the roasted garlic paste! I also don't toast the tomatoes and basil for as long as suggested. Instead, I toast the bottom half of the sandwich with the mozzarella until it starts getting melty, and then I add the half with the tomatoes and basil, so they warm up a bit but still hold their structure. Purely a personal preference.  -  29 Jun 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this last night and it was delicious. It was a little bland, next time I will add a few more spices and use more butter. I didn't bake the garlic, must added to the butter mixture.  -  21 Apr 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)