I’ve always loved ordering a fresh caprese sandwich during the summer. For some reason it has never occurred to me to attempt making this deliciously simple sandwich myself. That all changed this afternoon after a quick trip to the grocery store. This sandwich totally satisfied my caprese craving at a fraction of the cost I would normally pay at a deli or restaurant. We will definitely be making these again the next time we have fresh mozzarella on hand. Who knows maybe next time we will try one of those make your own mozzarella recipes that have been floating around Pinterest lately. Mmm…how can you ever go wrong with fresh mozzarella?
- ciabatta rolls
- fresh mozzarella
- ripe tomatoes
- fresh basil
- olive oil
- garlic salt
- 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Start by placing all balsamic sauce ingredients in a shallow pot. Cook on low-medium heat for 20-25 minutes, whisking occasionally as needed.
- When sauce has reduced and started to thicken, remove from heat and set aside (the sauce will keep in the fridge for several days).
- Cut each Ciabatta roll in half. Drizzle lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic salt, and place on a baking sheet face up.
- Slice tomatoes and remove seeds. Place tomato slices on Ciabatta.
- Top with sliced mozzarella and bake at 300 degrees for about 5 minutes to slightly toast the bread and begin to melt the mozzarella.
- Tear or chop basil and put sprinkle on top of mozzarella.
- Drizzle with balsamic sauce.
- Place bun on top and enjoy!