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.

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Recipe Summary

25 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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 Facts

385 calories; protein 14.3g 29% DV; carbohydrates 38.8g 13% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 6.4g 26% DV; sugars 9.3g; fat 18g 28% DV; saturated fat 5.1g 25% DV; cholesterol 22.4mg 8% DV; vitamin a iu 1641.6IU 33% DV; vitamin c 18.1mg 30% DV; folate 27.4mcg 7% DV; calcium 226mg 23% DV; iron 3.4mg 19% DV; magnesium 33.6mg 12% DV; potassium 454.4mg 13% DV; sodium 872.8mg 35% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 26% DV.

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Rating: 3 stars
Use Fresh Basil and Broil I also couldn't find smoked mozzarella so I used the other commenter's fresh mozz/smoked Gouda combo - it was great. We wanted warm sandwiches so I toasted the bread on one side in a skillet with garlic butter built the sandwich on the toasted side and popped them into the broiler until the cheese was melted. (If you broil them put them on a pan lined with cooking-sprayed foil - the tomatoes will make a mess.) Yum! Pros: Delish! Cons: Somewhat time-consuming Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These were EXCELLENT! I couldn't find smoked mozzarella so I used some fresh mozzarella and some smoked Gouda. Deslish! The fresh basil really makes it so If you're thinking about leaving that out I wouldn't. Read More