Open Faced Caprese Sandwiches

by Jenn on June 29, 2009

in Snacks,Vegetarian

Warning – this post is not gluten free!

The caprese combination is one of my favorite flavor sets in Italian food.  Mozzarella, basil and tomato form the perfect blend of sweet, creamy, and a little bit of punch all in one bite.  There is a texture element too, and this sandwich is all about textures.  The crunchy from the toasted baguette, the chewy creamy melted mozzarella, the melt in your mouth pesto, and the juicy luscious tomato.  All of these together create quite the enjoyable sensation in your mouth, and it takes a bit of self restraint to not scarf it down all in one bite!  Sorry this one is only gluten free if you find some GF bread to use!  I splurged and got my own baguette for myself, which I’ve been taunting my husband with all week haha.  Ok so I am kinda mean sometimes, lol.  He knows it’s in good fun.  Right honey? haha.  I have yet to find a GF baguette recipe.  I’ve never even actually attempted my own baguettes.  If you know of a good beginning baguette recipe, or even a GF baguette recipe, please let me know!

In reality this is not very different from a dressed up variation on bruschetta, but with all the toppings, the fact that I didn’t brush it with olive oil etc., it really is just an open faced sandwich.  My bread isn’t toasted so much that it’s crouton-like, it’s still a little bit chewy in the middle.  If I am going to eat bread, I like to really enjoy it with a thick hearty slice that I can sink my teeth into.

Yeah total green cast on that 2nd pic….the baguette totally picked up on that green hue…nothing I could do worked to get rid of it without totally distorting the basil and pesto color…a warming filter worked on the top picture, but definitely did not work on the 2nd pic.  bummer.  I also took this at like 6 pm, so the light wasn’t ideal (well, it’s never ideal haha).