I love a good caprese salad and I love a good sandwich. Put those together and voila, you’ve got a caprese sandwich! There is just something about fresh basil that makes me so happy. You also have to use fresh mozzarella. I mean you should always use fresh mozzarella because it’s the best. The Belgioso brand is great and you can always find it at your local Kroger. We are partial to the Kroger Marketplace because their cheese selection (Murray’s Cheese) is top notch.
Now on to the bread. You want to make sure you use a hearty, rustic style bread for this sandwich. It will need to hold up the heavy mozzarella and tomatoes without getting soggy. I would love to say that we visit our local bakery and pick out something from there but we actually typically buy one of the rounds from Kroger. They actually have some loaves that you can bake fresh in your oven, which are pretty delicious.
With Kroger’s new initiative to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste in their communities by 2025, I feel confident about my purchasing choices there though! If you haven’t heard, they are joining forces with groups like Feeding America and the World Wildlife Fund to accelerate food donations and donate more balanced meals in our community. If that isn’t another great reason to shop at Kroger, then I don’t know what is! Okay, back to our tasty sandwich. Don’t these tomatoes look delish? It’s prime tomato season right now, so these on the vine goodies were fresh, yummy, and cheap. Sprinkle with a bit of pepper once you add them to your caprese sandwich. I would be hesitant to add salt because the mozzarella already has plenty of salt. Then, you’ve got to add some of those large pieces of basil to your sandwich to really make it a caprese dish. We also added a little bit of balsamic vinegar to take it up a notch. That’s totally up to you but if you have some lying around, I would definitely encourage it. There you have it, a super easy and delicious caprese sandwich! This elevated grilled cheese is best served alongside some homemade tomato soup. We have recipes here and here for you to whip up with your sandwiches.
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella
- 2 ripe tomatoes (on the vine are best)
- fresh basil, 8-10 leaves
- rustic bread, 4 slices
- butter for toasting bread
- pepper, to taste
- Butter one side of each slide of bread. Toast in oven under broiler.
- Place two pieces bread on pan, untoasted side up and top with slices of cheese.
- Place under broiler for 1 minute, until melty but not burnt.
- Add tomato, basil, and a sprinkle of pepper. Add balsamic vinegar, if desired.
- Top with other piece of toasted bread and cut in half.
- Serve alongside homemade tomato soup!