Aug 15, 2011

eat your heart out: basil and tomato sandwich!

I don't eat sandwiches all that much. When I'm out at a restaurant I favor pizzas, pastas, and burgers and when I'm at home I don't make sandwiches because I am not a fan of deli meat or mayonnaise. I never thought to make sandwiches without those things until I tried a  sandwich at Starbucks which had mozarella, roasted tomatoes, pesto, and greens in ciabatta bread. I fell in love with the sandwich but not necessarily with the price of the sandwich (it was around $6.)
Anyway, I decided to try to recreate the sandwich one day and have been making them often ever since.  


1. Sandwich bread (use whatever you like, we use hoagie rolls) 
2. Pesto (ours is store bought from Trader Joe's, but you can make it too)
3. Tomatoes (sometimes we roast them, but you don't need too, tastes good both ways) 
           *if you are roasting the tomatoes salt, pepper, etc. to your own tastes
4. Greens (you can use whatever greens you like, we are using mixed greens here, I also like it with just plain lettuce or just plain spinach)
5. Mozzarella cheese, sliced (I did not use the cheese in this because I don't eat cheese much but if you do like cheese I would recommend a slice)
1. If you want to roast your tomatoes, do so before you start the sandwich. I sliced the tomatoes and then arnab sprinkled some black pepper and basil on them. Then we put them in a toaster oven at 350°'s for about 5 min. and voila!

2. Since I used a hoagie roll I had to slice it to make an opening. Then smear on the pesto sauce, preferably on both sides so that you don't loose the taste of the pesto, but you don't have to put a lot on both sides.

3. After the pesto is on we put on the greens and the tomatoes. If you are a pesto lover like I am you can add some more pesto on top of the tomatoes.

And there you have it folks! I think we've done a darn good job of recreating the sandwich and it comes at a much cheaper price! :)
Good eating!

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