A variation on a basil, tomato, and mozzarella sandwich

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Cut off the top of the head of garlic to expose the cloves, trimming about 1/4 inch off of the top of each clove. Drizzle the cut cloves with olive oil, then nestle the head into a piece of aluminum 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.

  • Spread the butter on the cut sides of the bread, sprinkle with rosemary, and place on a baking sheet. 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 sheet.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

595.7 calories; 22.1 g protein; 67.9 g carbohydrates; 59.8 mg cholesterol; 793.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2011
Fabulous! If you love caprese salad, then you'll love this sandwich. I didn't bother roasting the garlic - a little too involved for lunch... I just added some minced garlic to butter with a splash of olive oil and spread that over the bread. I broiled that until nice and golden brown. I sliced the tomatoes and sprinkled a little kosher salt and cracked black pepper over top then drizzled with the balsamic vinegar. I then assembled the sandwich and didn't bother putting it back into the oven. I cut it into sections and it was oh so yummy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2009
it is good but I find using artisian bread sliced put on a home grown tomato fresh basil and lots of mozzarella cheese (or preferred cheese)and broil till melted is very good. Garlic is a little strong and takes away from natural tomato taste. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2011
Fabulous! If you love caprese salad, then you'll love this sandwich. I didn't bother roasting the garlic - a little too involved for lunch... I just added some minced garlic to butter with a splash of olive oil and spread that over the bread. I broiled that until nice and golden brown. I sliced the tomatoes and sprinkled a little kosher salt and cracked black pepper over top then drizzled with the balsamic vinegar. I then assembled the sandwich and didn't bother putting it back into the oven. I cut it into sections and it was oh so yummy! Read More
(39)
Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2011
Fabulous! If you love caprese salad, then you'll love this sandwich. I didn't bother roasting the garlic - a little too involved for lunch... I just added some minced garlic to butter with a splash of olive oil and spread that over the bread. I broiled that until nice and golden brown. I sliced the tomatoes and sprinkled a little kosher salt and cracked black pepper over top then drizzled with the balsamic vinegar. I then assembled the sandwich and didn't bother putting it back into the oven. I cut it into sections and it was oh so yummy! Read More
(39)
Rating: 3 stars
09/08/2009
it is good but I find using artisian bread sliced put on a home grown tomato fresh basil and lots of mozzarella cheese (or preferred cheese)and broil till melted is very good. Garlic is a little strong and takes away from natural tomato taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2011
This is a good sandwich. I don't always toast mine, sometimes I eat them fresh without being toasted. I use a garlic ciabatta bread from Trader Joes that already has chunks of fresh garlic in it. I also used some great colorful heirloom tomatos or romas and organic basil. I leave out the butter. This is a great, easy, and fresh lunch or dinner idea. I liek to make one and take it with me in a plastic sandwich container when I am running errands too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2011
Yummy!! I didn't change anything at all. It was perfect. I love caprese salad but I wondered if the roasted garlic would be an issue. Well it wasn't. The garlic MAKES this sandwich! I did add the balsamic as well. Will make again (and again and again...) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2011
This was super easy and the garlic paste made me swoon. I used pesto instead of basil since I didn't have any basil. I thought the rosemary was a bit over powering for my tastes (I wanted to taste the garlic more than the rosemary) so I'll probably completely omit it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2011
I thought this was absolutely delicious! Oh man what the roasted garlic does for this sandwich is amazing!! Wouldn't change a thing!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2010
Pretty good. I don't have garlic I can roast so I just spread minced garlic with the butter and then toasted. It worked fine and I'm not of the opinion that garlic isn't good with this sandwich. Although I love basil and tomato and mozzarella I'm not absolutely in love with this sandwich--not sure why though. It did take less time to bake than stated and I couldn't really taste the rosemary. I think fresh rosemary would be better. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2011
A wonderful end-of-summer combination of ingredients and textures. The best tomatoes of the year and (in our version) freshly-made basil pesto. Toasted ciabatta really is the perfect choice for bread--nicely "bulky" but not heavy. The family felt balsamic vinegar was critical to the dish. This may have been especially true because rosemary didn't sound quite right and I omitted it. Otherwise made precisely as directed. A wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2011
Really good! I will admit I just put minced garlic and live oil on the stove for the first part of the recipe and then followed the rest. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and extra bonus that it is vegetarian. Read More
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