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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  • 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; 18 g total fat; 5.1 g saturated fat; 22 mg cholesterol; 873 mg sodium. 454 mg potassium; 38.8 g carbohydrates; 6.4 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 14.3 g protein; 1642 IU vitamin a iu; 18 mg vitamin c; 27 mcg folate; 226 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 34 mg magnesium;

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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