Saturday, May 15, 2010
The first time I tasted a Caprese sandwich was at the Specialty Bakery and Café here in Bellevue, Wa. I loved it. They serve this sandwich on Focaccia bread. Roasted red pepper pesto is spread on the bread. Then they top it up with organic baby spinach, Italian basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, olive oil and salt and pepper.
It is a very easy to make this sandwich at home, provided you can find Focaccia bread from a bakery. I couldn’t find the bread, so I used rustic Italian bread instead. The bread is crusty from outside and soft from inside; perfect for Caprese sandwich. I made my own roasted red pepper pesto at home so that I can alter the taste per my preference.
Note: I didn’t have Pine nuts at home, so I used roasted almonds instead.
Here are the ingredients for the Pesto
1 Red Bell Pepper
2 Teaspoon Pine Nuts
Salt to Taste
1/8th Cup Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
Crushed Red Pepper to taste
2 Teaspoon Chopped Parsley
1 Loaf Rustic Italian Bread, Cut into 1/4inch thick slices
For the Sandwich:
3 Firm Roma Tomatoes Cut into Thick Slices
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Cut into Thick Slices
8-10 Basil Leaves
½ Cup Baby Spinach
For the Pesto: Prick the pepper at 2-3 different location, so that the steam comes out while cooking. Put the pepper and garlic (with skin) on an oven safe dish lined with aluminum foil. Broil it on high for (rotating once or twice) 6-7 minutes, or until the skin turns dark brown. Make sure not to burn the pepper. Remove if from the oven and wrap it completely with the aluminum foil to capture the steam. Let it cool for 10 minutes. Remove the skin from the garlic and the pepper. Cut the pepper in big pieces if you are using food processor. Combine all ingredients required for making the pesto and pulse them using the food processor while adding the olive oil, until the desired consistency is achieved. Some people prefer thick paste like consistency; I like rather chunky pesto, so that I can taste each ingredient separately.
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