Easy Caprese Sandwich

Easy Caprese Sandwich

The easiest Caprese Sandwich recipe to step up your lunch game

Lunchtime has started to get a little repetitive, lately I’ve been switching it up and this Caprese sandwich is just what I needed! It is like having an Italian deli right in your own kitchen. It is impressive to the eyes yet so simple to make. Not to mention it is vegetarian!

So where did it come from? Im guessing it originated in Italy. But for me, its a go to at one of my favorite sandwich shops and I did my darnedest to try and figure out the recipe to make at home. Though it does not compare to the sandwich I get at our local deli ( I don’t think anything could) it did come together to be quite delicious! Which is why I am sharing!

Literally so easy

Ok so a cypress sandwich doesn’t take much to make. Yes, the the ingredients can be pricey. I am talking about the fresh mozzarella and balsamic glaze. A But it will feed you for at least three days. A small mozzarella ball may run you about $5 and is found in the “fancy” cheese section at most grocery stores. I am a sucker for mozzarella and use it in salads and flatbreads all the time so it is common for us to have on hand. 

For the balsamic glaze I use Gia Russa Balsamic glaze. It costs around $11 at any grocery store but lasts awhile and can be used with so many recipes (like my Roasted Brussel Sprouts with goat cheese). If you are looking for one a little bit cheaper and still delicious try out Trader Joes, theirs goes for about $8.I get the ciabatta bun from out local grocery store in the deli section. They usually come in packs of four, or if you go to Trader Joe’s you can usually find a small ciabatta baguette.

Our local produce stand always has the BEST tomatoes. Perfect for the southern tomato mayo sandwich but also perfect for this caprese sandwich. Love that shopping local can bring in so much yumminess.

As for the pesto I just use store bought, for this specific recipe I used Buitoni. It comes in a 7 oz. container. I just pulled it out the fridge before I started anything and it spreads like butter! 

Hope you enjoy this sandwich as much as I do!

Easy Caprese Sandwich

A simple yet delicious italian inspired sandwich to step up your lunch game.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: balsamic, basil, Caprese, Mozzerella, olive oil, Sandwich, Tomato
Servings: 1 person
Cost: $4

Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze
  • 1 pinch salt (course sea salt)
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 3-4 basil leaves
  • 2-3 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 2-3 slices tomato
  • 1 cibatta bun
  • 1 tbsp pesto sauce

Instructions

  • Slice ciabatta bun in halve and put in toaster/oven for 5 minutes on light.
  • While bread is toasting cut tomato and mozarella ball into 1/4 inch slice and finely chop basil leaves.
  • Remove bread from toaster and drizzle olive oil and balsamic glaze on bottom half.
  • Grind pepper and salt ontop of the oil and glaze.
  • Carefully stack the tomato and mozarella on top of the oil and glaze.
  • Sprinkle basil leaves on top of the top layer of tomato and mozzarella.
  • Spread pesto on the bottom of the top slice of the ciabatta bun to top off your sandwich and enjoy!