My dad has this great little garden in his backyard. Remember his little crop of spinach that he used for his spinach/feta eggs here?
He also has tomatoes, onions, herbs, lettuce, and green beans.
Okay, he has another garden plot out on a farm too, so that he can grown squash, potatoes, more onions, melons, and hmmmm, I can’t remember what else. I’m sure there’s more. But it’s his hobby. And it is so cute to see him work his guts out to produce his little fruits/veggies. But even more…….it’s so useful. I’ve only bought lettuce 1 time this summer. And we eat salad a lot. It’s just so handy to walk in the backyard and snip off some lettuce leaves. Or pluck a few herbs for a recipe. Love it.
I hope being around his garden is rubbing off on me because the one time I tried to grow tomatoes, it cost me a whole lot of money for soil, plants, etc…….and then they only produced like 3 tomatoes. Yeah, call me black thumb. So sad. I sure love munching on my dad’s garden though.
Anyway, I have been on a Caprese Salad kick. The fresh tomatoes and basil, a bit of fresh mozzarella, and some seasonings. Yum. I could eat it daily.
A few weeks ago, I thought I had the best idea……..why not turn my favorite flavors into a sandwich? I made it, ate it, and loved it. But the funny part is that I thought I was so original………until I googled it. Ha. Everyone else had that great idea too. Pretty funny.
But here’s my take on a really simple and fresh Caprese Sandwich.
Such a perfect punch of freshness, all in one bite.
And the leading ingredients? Both snatched from the garden.
Really, you’ll love it after just one bite. Mmmmmmm.
Are you hungry? And/or still craving summer fresh produce? (They’re not gone yet.)
Here’s how to make a great little sandwich for yourself.
First up? The fresh ingredients.
Nothings better than some fresh tomatoes from the garden……..but run to your local grocery store for a few, if needed. They all come from the same earth.
And oooooh, swipe some fresh basil out of the garden. Nice and rich and flavorful.
(The grocery store kind work too……if you don’t have a dad/friend/neighbor who shares his!)
Then go on and slice up that tomato…………and set it aside. (I’m still holding onto summer. Yum.)
Now, gather the rest of your ingredients: (not pictured: balsamic vinegar and olive oil)
If you notice, that bread may seem strange. It’s gluten free. I wish I could make this sandwich with some french bread or ciabatta bread or heck, even some plain ‘ol sandwich bread. But I can’t. It’s that darn gluten thing. So this Udi’s brand bread is the closest I have found to regular bread. It’s not too bad.
But……look at the price tag on that mini loaf of bread. Yeah, that says $5.69. (Most gluten free products will hurt your budget just the same.) But it’s worth it to have bread again. So check them out if you’re gluten free and missing bread. They’re about the best I’ve found.
Anyway, whatever type of bread you use, spread some olive oil (be generous) on your bread and sprinkle minced garlic right on top. Then place in the oven on a high heat, for just a moment or two, just to toast up the bread a bit.
Then place your tomatoes down on your bread and sprinkle them with a bit of salt and pepper.
Then drizzle with some balsamic vinegar…
Now place some basil leaves on top, followed by a good sized slice (or two) of fresh mozzarella. Regular mozzarella just doesn’t quite taste the same.
Then sit outside, make your belly a happy one,
and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Slice tomato. Set aside. Spread some olive oil (be generous) on your bread and sprinkle minced garlic right on top. Then place in the oven on a high heat, for just a moment or two, just to toast up the bread a bit. Then place your tomatoes down on your bread and sprinkle them with a bit of salt and pepper. Drizzle with some balsamic vinegar. Now place some basil leaves on top, followed by a good sized slice (or two) of fresh mozzarella.