What is a Caprese Sandwich?
The word “Caprese” always refers to the classic combination of tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil and is almost always used to describe a salad. But if you take those same ingredients and put them between two perfectly toasted slices of rustic bread, season it perfectly and add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, you get a Caprese Sandwich. It’s not a complicated sandwich to make, but there are a few tips that take it from good to great.
Whenever you have a recipe with just a few ingredients, the quality of each ingredient is super important. However, the most important ingredient in this sandwich is the tomato. While you can get tomatoes all year round, I think this sandwich is best made when tomatoes are at their best at the end of summer. A delicious ripe tomato is a must. The bread you use is also important, but you do have options. Use a rustic white or whole wheat loaf that you can cut yourself into perfectly sized slices, or a thick piece of focaccia, but whichever you use, be sure to toast it nicely. You can toast it under the broiler with olive oil brushed on it, fry it in a skillet with a little oil or toast it in your toaster first and then drizzle immediately with olive oil.