Tomato & Smoked Mozzarella Sandwiches

2 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 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

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  1. Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let plump for 10 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. Drain the tomatoes and finely chop. Add to the bowl with the dressing, along with the olives; mix well.
  4. 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 information

  • Per serving: 385 calories; 18 g fat(5 g sat); 6 g fiber; 39 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 27 mcg folate; 22 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 1642 IU vitamin A; 18 mg vitamin C; 226 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 873 mg sodium; 454 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 2 starch

Reviews 2

November 11, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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
September 08, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
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.