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.
From EatingWell: November/December 2007
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
- 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, (not oil-packed)
- 1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoons 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
- Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let plump for 10 minutes.
- 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.
- Drain the tomatoes and finely chop. Add to the bowl with the dressing, along with the olives; mix well.
- 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.
- Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the tomato spread (Steps 1-3); cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Nutrition Per serving:
351 calories; 11 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 5 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 7 g fiber; 740 mg sodium; 279 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (36% daily value), Calcium (32% dv), Vitamin C (27% dv), Iron (18% dv)
2 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1 very-lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 2 starch