Toasted Caprese Sandwich


A variation on a basil, tomato, and mozzarella sandwich

close up view of a Toasted Caprese Sandwich garnished with fresh basil on a white plate
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 1 head garlic

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 (1 pound) 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)

  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

596 Calories
26g Fat
68g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 596
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 794mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 19mg 96%
Calcium 464mg 36%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 459mg 10%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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