I loooove caprese sandwiches. I could eat them morning, noon, and night. This is a very easy and fun twist on the traditional caprese sandwich - perfect for a ladies' luncheon or a Saturday night dinner for yourself when your husband is in Denver for the Bears game.
1 loaf ciabatta bread
3 tablespoons butter
3 large red tomatoes
3 yellow tomatoes
fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil (approximate - use just enough to coat tomatoes)
1 cup balsamic
Start by making the balsamic glaze. Pour about 1 cup balsamic into a saute pan, and heat on medium-low. Throw in about 1 tablespoon sugar - you do not need this, but it helps the vinegar to reduce more quickly. Stirring occasionally, keep the vinegar at a low simmer until it reduces to about 1/4 cup and forms a nice sugary glaze. It should take about 20-30 minutes. Make sure to keep the heat on low, balsamic burns relatively easily.
Slice up the tomatoes, mix with olive oil and fresh basil, and set aside.
Meanwhile, slice up the ciabatta bread into nice thick pieces. Heat butter in a skillet, and fry the bread until golden brown on each side.
Transfer the bread to a plate, and top with mozzarella.
Yes, that is string cheese. It's all I had.
....and drizzle with balsamic glaze. If the glaze has gotten too sticky or hard, you can thin it out a bit by heating it in the microwave for 10 seconds.
Finally, top with the tomato mixture.
So delicious, and so pretty with the multi-colored tomatoes. Enjoy!
Labels: Appetizers, I'm Cheap, I'm Lazy, Sandwich