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Super Easy Meal Idea: Open-Faced Italian Sandwiches With Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil

Updated on August 20, 2012
5 stars from 2 ratings of Quick and Easy Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwich
Yummy tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwiches
Yummy tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwiches

A Delicious Meal Doesn't Have to Take Forever

When I was pregnant with my 3rd child, I was obsessed with tomatoes and cheese. I ate salads with like, 3 pieces of lettuce, a heaping handful of cheese, and 2 sliced tomatoes. I made homemade salsa on a daily basis and ate 2 tubs of it. I put tomatoes in omelets with tons of cheese and also made plenty of homemade pasta.

I like to cook from scratch, but towards the end of my pregnancy, I was just too tired. That's how I came up with the idea for these super easy tomato, mozzarella, and basil sandwiches. The recipe is nothing too unique or clever, and other people have probably been making them for years. That doesn't make them any less tasty, though.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 7 min
Ready in: 12 min
Yields: Serves 4 people, 2 sandwiches each

Ingredients

  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 slices Italian bread
  • 8 slices mozzarella (use the good stuff, not the cheap kind)
  • basil, chopped
  • olive oil or butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

In just a few minutes, you'll be eating your very own delicious tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwich.

  1. Slice each tomato and sprinkle the slices with salt and pepper, if desired. Set aside.
  2. Slice your mozzarella cheese if you followed my advice and bought the good stuff. If not, use the pre-sliced stuff from the deli.
  3. Coat the top of each slice of Italian bread with butter or olive oil. Skip this step if you want to trim a bit of calories and fat.
  4. Arrange a few mozzarella slices on top of each slice of Italian bread. Add the tomatoes. Generously sprinkle the chopped basil on top of each slice of bread.
  5. Line an oven-safe tray with aluminum foil and set your bread on the tray. Place in a preheated oven and cook for 7 minutes at 350 degrees.

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    • holyjeans30 profile image

      Amy D. 

      6 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

      This looks really yummy, and something I could make real quick for an after school snack. Thanks for sharing.

    • Top Rated Recipes profile image

      Top Rated Recipes 

      6 years ago

      Simple, quick, and delicious I love it! Thanks for the recipe I've really enjoyed it, and I hope you'll get a chance to try some of my recipes and let me know what you think

    • Sunnyglitter profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunnyglitter 

      6 years ago from Cyberspace

      That sounds delicious, Mommytalks. I know what I'm making next time!

    • mommytalks profile image

      mommytalks 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Seriously my favorite sandwich EVER!! My version has a slight twist. I buy a loaf of French bread and fill it with mozz, tomatoes and pesto, then warm it in the oven. And, NO! I do NOT share! Not. One. Bite.

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