Roasted red pepper caprese sandwich
This simple sandwich is big on flavor and surprisingly easy to make.
What's wonderful about simple flavor combinations is just how easy they are to hack. Let's take the caprese salad, for example. It is simply fruit, cheese, and basil. Well, OK, drizzled with olive oil and some balsamic. But it's not very complicated.
That's why variations of it, like this grilled watermelon caprese salad, are so popular. It doesn't take much to add a whole new twist. Figs, peaches and pears are just some of the fruits I have seen replace the tomato here.
Another variant is to turn the salad into something else, like a sandwich. This roasted red pepper version is a favorite of mine. Why? Because red peppers! That and any recipe that you can sorta wing is the best recipe ever, like this one.
- 1 baguette
- Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 1 large heirloom tomato, sliced
- 1 large red bell pepper
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
Let's begin by roasting that pepper. Remove the pepper's stem, seeds and the pith. Then cut it into equal pieces. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, brush them with oil and sprinkle on some salt. Bake at 425° F for about 30 minutes. When they are blistered and charred, they are ready.
For the most part, for me, bread is bread. But when it comes to this sandwich, pick out a well-made baguette. It doesn't have to be pricey. But when your recipe is made up of simple, fresh ingredients, quality really matters.
Trim the ends of the baguette and cut it in half. Then slice the bread lengthwise. Coat each inside side with pesto. If you wanna kick up the health factor a bit, try this kale pesto recipe in lieu of your go-to brand. It is great on pizza, eggs or everything.
Alternating between ingredients, add the roasted red peppers, mozzarella, and tomato slices to the sandwich. An optional ingredient is salad greens. You can also work those into the mix.
Drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the top and salt and pepper the sandwich to taste. How great does that look?