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Toasted caprese sandwich recipe

Toasted caprese sandwich recipe

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

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IngredientsServes: 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

MethodPrep: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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by LivieLou

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

by Trish Cooper

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

Toasted caprese sandwich

Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Spread 1 T basil pesto each onto 4 slices bread. Layer the sliced tomatoes and mozzarella on the bread and sandwich.

Melt 1 T butter in a hot pan and place a sandwich in the pan. Toast on both sides until golden brown and the cheese has melted, pressing down with the spatula. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Serve immediately.

Cook's note: The more butter you melt in the pan, the better!

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Caprese Sandwich

This easy, flavorful Caprese Sandwich comes together in minutes with just five ingredients! With crunchy toasted bread, soft Mozzarella cheese, juicy ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and a drizzle of tangy, sweet balsamic glaze, to me this sandwich tastes like summer. I know it’s still spring right now, but I’m feeling impatient so I’ll take all the summer I can get! I also think this simple combination of flavors feels a little fancy, so if you’re looking to upgrade your lunch or just add a meatless/vegetarian option, this Caprese Sandwich is for you! It packs a lot of flavor for just 231 calories or 8 WW (Weight Watchers) SmartPoints on the Green, Blue, or Purple plans.

I wrote this recipe to make just one sandwich in case you’re eating alone, but it can be easily scaled up to serve a large number. I also chose to toast the bread and warm the cheese under the broiler in my oven because it’s super quick and generally everyone has one. If you have a toaster oven, you could get a similar effect using that if you prefer!

The freshness and quality of ingredients make this Caprese Sandwich shine, so make sure you use good ones! Fresh mozzarella is key, as are ripe red tomatoes. Be sure not to forget to add salt and pepper to each as it brings out their flavor. Balsamic glaze is also called a balsamic reduction and is thicker and usually sweeter than regular balsamic vinegar. I buy my store brand (Wegmans) but I’ve seen a lot of other brands make a similar one in a squeeze bottle. Trust me, once you buy this you’re going to want to put it on everything! I love Dave’s Killer Bread thin-sliced varieties because they have a hearty, rustic texture with seeds and grains, but the ones I’ve purchased are just 70 calories or 2 WW SmartPoints per slice. Their site has a product locator if you’d like to find it near you!

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Broil the baguette, cut sides up, 6" from heat, for about 2 minutes, until the inside is lightly toasted.
  3. Rub each half with a half clove of garlic the crusty bread will release the garlic's essential oils, giving you instant garlic bread.
  4. Layer the bottom half of the baguette, alternating with slices of tomato, mozzarella, and basil leaves.
  5. Season evenly with salt and lots of fresh black pepper.
  6. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar, then top with the other baguette half.
  7. Cut the whole package into four pieces.

Eat This Tip

Wanna add a little extra flair to your favorite sandwich? Your caprese will taste like a whole new meal when you add just a dab of your favorite spread or sauce. Here are a few healthy ideas to choose from:

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Toasted Salami Caprese Sandwich

  • Author: Stephanie Pass
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1 x


A deliciously easy Italian sandwich, perfect for a cold, rainy day.


  • 2 slices of Pane Turano bread
  • Priano Tomato Pesto
  • 3 slices fresh mozzarella
  • chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 4 slices Genoa salami
  • a drizzle of Sweet Balsamic Dressing


  1. Preheat toaster oven to 450 on “Toasting”.
  2. Whip up a quick batch of Sweet Balsamic Dressing
  3. Spread Priano Tomato Pesto over 2 slices of Pane Turano bread.
  4. Slice up a fresh mozzarella ball and lay 3 slices on one piece of bread.
  5. Add four pieces of salami.
  6. Drizzle some Sweet Balsamic over it all.
  7. Add the second piece of bread on top.
  8. Toast for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is good and melted.
  9. Slice in half and serve!

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Caprese Grilled Cheese

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Caprese Grilled Cheese – one of the ultimate and easiest ways to make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Bread slices are layered with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and fresh tomatoes then cooked in a hot skillet until golden brown and melty delicious!

Anything that contains the word “Caprese” in the recipe title, I’m in. I love Caprese entrees and appetizers and I love a hot off the griddle grilled cheese. When the two are combined together you get an intensely delicious sandwich that you won’t easily forget.

Obviously you don’t have to use fresh bread as I listed in the recipe, but I figure if you are going to fill a sandwich with fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and fresh basil then you may as well keep a good thing going.

Looking for a delightfully simple and quick lunch or dinner idea? Look no further because it doesn’t get much easier than grilled cheese and this is grilled cheese done right. Enjoy!

Caprese Sandwich

Amount Per Serving Calories 630 Calories from Fat 40 % Daily Value * Total Fat 28g 44 % Saturated Fat 13g 65 % Cholesterol 60mg 20 % Sodium 899mg 38 % Total Carbohydrate 65g 22 % Dietary Fiber 3.7g 15 % Protein 26g 52 %

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients needed for Caprese Sliders:

  • French rolls (we bought at Newport Avenue Market here in Bend, OR)
  • Mozzarella cheese (you can buy in 2 large packs at Costco)
  • Tomatoes (we love heirloom tomatoes)
  • Large basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Flaky salt & fresh cracked pepper
  • Fresh garlic (to peel and rub on the rolls)
  • Balsamic glaze (we use Delallo brand)

Caprese Style Grilled Mozzarella Sandwich with Tomato and Basil


  • 4 slices Italian bread
  • 2 TBS of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 6 slices of 1/8” to 1/4” thick mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large slices of tomato
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 8 fresh basil leaves

You can add lightly grilled prosciutto to the center of this sandwich to add another dimension. If you do so, eliminate the salt.

Total time: 8 minPrep time: 5 min – Cook time: 3 min – Serves: 2 people

1. Preheat your Foreman Grill for at least 5 minutes. Use the medium-high setting if your grill has that option.

2. Brush EVOO on one face of all 4 slices of bread. Turn 2 slices of bread over so that the unoiled side faces up. Place 1-1/2 slices of cheese on both slices of bread. Place a tomato slice on each sandwich. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar on top of each tomato. Add 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper on top of each tomato. Add 4 basil leaves per sandwich. Top with the remaining 1-1/2 slices of mozzarella on each. Place the other piece of bread on top of the cheese with the oiled side facing up.

3. Place the assembled sandwiches on the grill and close the lid. Cook for up to 3 minutes until golden brown with light grill marks and the cheese has melted.

4. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve with an arugula or watercress salad lightly dressed.

Tips & tricks for making the best caprese grilled cheese sandwich:

  1. Make the tomato mixture ahead of time. The longer they marinate, the more flavor they’ll have. That being said, they’re still delicious if you make them right before serving.
  2. Use your favorite bread. Gluten free? Use gluten free bread! As long as it can toast up in a pan, you’re good to go!
  3. Make your own pesto. Like I said, you can use store-bought, but if you have time, use any of these recipes:
  4. Use fresh mozzarella (the kind you find in a ball) and slice it yourself. You can use shredded or pre-sliced mozzarella, but there are SO few ingredients in this recipe, I’d splurge for the good stuff if you can!
  5. Melt the butter in the pan instead of spreading it on the bread.
    • Trust me. This is SO much easier.
  6. Keep your heat around medium.
    • Too hot and your bread will get crispy before the cheese melts and too low and your bread won’t get crispy!

While this caprese grilled cheese recipe is SUPER simple, it’s absolutely PACKED with flavor. You just can’t go wrong with perfectly toasted bread, ultra gooey mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, and herb-y, garlicky basil pesto.