this past week has been a rough one in my kitchen. between the madness of red velvet cakes, acorn squash ravioli, homemade grenadine, a dozen creme brulee, and a few dozen cupcakes, my kitchen has officially taken a beating. not that it's not used to it, but, football season has bestowed upon us which means i'll be in the kitchen cooking for friends more often than not. between friends coming over and alen and i here watching the games, there is always something going on in the kitchen.
so, behold the classic caprese sandwich. thick slabs of fresh buffalo mozzarella, ripe juicy tomatoes, and oily pesto all under a pillow of fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. the great thing about the caprese sandwich is that it is such a fool-proof thing to make, and it tastes so damn good, you'll never want to eat anything else. thankfully my kitchen can rest, i can rest, and everyone is purely ecstatic over these simple sandwiches which take little to no time to make. so, we all win. french bread + pesto + tomato + fresh mozzarella + basil + balsamic, toasted in the oven =
oh. my. yum.
remember, the better quality ingredients, the better this will taste. think organically grown tomatoes, fresh basil, a good fresh mozzarella, and a good balsamic vinegar.
1 ripe tomato, sliced
1 loaf of french bread, or 2 slices of bread, bun
a handful of basil leaves
2 tablespoons of creamy pesto
1 ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced into slabs
balsamic vinegar (adjust to as much as you'd like to use)
assemble sandwich. drizzle with balsamic vinegar, toast in oven, or grill over stove.