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Open-face Caprese Sandwiches

Time: 25 minutes. All the ingredients of the classic summer salad go into these terrific grilled sandwiches.

Sunset JULY 2009

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total: 25 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 8 slices (about 1/2 in. thick) crusty Italian bread
  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly
  • 16 medium basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


1. Prepare a grill for medium heat (350° to 450°). Combine 1 tbsp. oil and the garlic and brush onto 1 side of bread.

2. Lay bread oiled side down on grill and cook until slightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Turn bread over, lay tomato slices on bread to fit, overlapping if needed, then lay cheese slices over tomatoes. Cover grill and cook until cheese starts to melt, about 4 minutes.

3. Transfer sandwiches to a platter. Put 2 basil leaves over each sandwich and drizzle with remaining 1 tbsp. oil and the vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 605
  • Calories from fat: 55%
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 35g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Sodium: 820mg
  • Cholesterol: 100mg

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