Easy Caprese sandwich

It’s almost Tomato season!  Yay!  Not like I can actually grown any of my own, for some reason gardening and growing my own food has never come easy to me.  My Mom says I have a black thumb, which is really weird because my Mom is  a gardening genius and has always grown beautiful roses along with these thing called Epiphyllum’s. She even sells them through a vendor over at http://www.mattslandscape.com.  It’s a wonder I can even keep my kids alive since I kill almost every plant I try and grow, especially tomatoes.   Every year we attempt to plant a few plants and have NO luck getting any fruit.  I think that last year I got whopping 1 whole tomato the entire season.  Thank goodness my friends and neighbors were not cursed with the dreaded black thumb, that way I can share in freshly grown tomato varieties.

Which leads me to my simple sandwich which I could live off of.  I always make it with par baked rolls that I can get at Trader Joes or any good bakery (sometimes you have to request them ahead of time).

What goes Into it?


  • Par Baked rolls cooked for 5-8 min in oven
  • 1 big fat home gown tomato (or an heirloom variety from a local market)
  • 5 leaves fresh basil
  • Prepared fresh Pesto sauce (you can usually find some with the fresh pastas in the deli or produce section)
  • 1Tsp olive oil
  • 1 Tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4-6 pieces of Fresh Mozzarella (sliced)
  • Lots of freshly ground black pepper
How do I make it?

After you bake your roll, slice it down the middle and smear on a bunch of the pesto, layer with Mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic over entire sandwich and top with freshly ground pepper.  Put the top on and Eat!  If you have to, make a second for The Hubby and when he politely declines eat his, too!

There are so many ways to enjoy this combination during the summer.  For the beach I just slice up some Tomatoes top with the Mozzarella and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic pack it in the ice chest and go.  It’s healthy, the kids dig it and I don’t feel bad after I eat it.

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