Friday

I Just Whipped up a Little Somethin’ Somethin’

Okay, so since I recently let you in on my dirty little secret, I’ve had a change of heart.  2010 is my year to try new things in the kitchen.  Nothing award winning… I just need to move beyond my pasta and chicken rut. 

So without further ado, here is a little somethin’ somethin’ that I whipped up for my hubby and me for lunch.  It was super easy- just my skill level.

Open Faced Tomato & Mozzarella Sandwich

I bought an Italian round (slightly crusty on the outside, soft on the inside) at the bakery.  I would love to learn how to bake this at home!

Italian Round

Then I made the scallion oil.  1/3 cup roughly chopped scallions…

scallions

…1/2 cup roughly chopped basil.  If you don’t like the flavor of basil, you can easily use Italian parsley leaves.  I’m a basil freak, though!

basil

Add this great smelling mixture to a food processor.  This is the same mini processor which I used to use to make my kids’ baby food.  Ahh!  The good ol’ days.

chop-basil-and-scallions-02

Process until finely chopped. Then add 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil and give that baby a whirl for a few seconds to combine.  Add Kosher salt to taste.  Can you smell that?  That’s what heaven smells like.

chopped basil and scallions with olive oil-045

Now that the scallion oil is finished, slice fresh tomatoes…

vine ripe tomatoes

… and fresh mozzarella.

mozzarella

Brush the bread with extra virgin olive oil.  I used organic olive oil because it automatically bumps up the “cool factor” like 10 points.

brush bread with olive oil

Now grill the bread for a few minutes on each side until lightly browned.  Sorry for the ugly picture… I was getting hungry!

grill  bread

To assemble the sandwich, rub one side of each slice of bread with a peeled garlic clove.  Place the grilled slices on a serving tray.  Arrange a slice of mozzarella and a tomato slice or two over each half slice of bread.  Spoon about a tablespoon of scallion oil over the tomatoes and  mozzarella and sprinkle with Kosher salt.

Divine 

And there you have it.

A delish open faced tomato & mozzarella sandwich.  

Try it.

Your mouth will thank you.

34 comments:

Alicia said...

YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sherrie said...

Mmmmm that sounds delightful!

Tiffany said...

That looks really delicious! The photos are great!

Linda said...

Oh I would love that! I will have to make one.

Thanks for sharing!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Becky said...

Um...yummy!!! Unfortunately, my hubby would never ever eat it- he hates tomatoes and non-shredded mozarella. Crazy, I know. I will be saving this recipe to make for my girlfriends though. Looks delicious- perfect for the summer when I have plenty of tomatoes and basil from my garden!

Sara said...

Looks good to me. What a beautiful and touching blog. People like you make people like me want to do more.

Christina Egner said...

ok now I'm hungry. hehe

vanessa said...

oh my why don't you live by me?! I would be at your house everyday!

3 Blessings said...

That looks so good. You are definitely off to a great start in the kitchen :)
Blessings,
Amy

Wanda said...

Looks yummy. (I'm a basil nut too. Try it with curry and cocnut milk. Seventh heaven.)

And your pictures are fabulous. You must have great lighting in your kitchen. Love it!

3 Blessings said...

I nominated you for an award at my blog.
BLessings,
Amy

Courtney said...

What time should I be over ???? YUM~O

Richele said...

Look amazing! I have that same little food processor..it's so cute, isn't it? lol. Thanks for this idea! My son actually requested sub sandwiches for his birthday dinner (lol..he is picky and will be 10!) so I think this will be great for the rest of the family! lol.

Laura said...

Looks yummy! Now I'M getting hungry! And I would so love to be able to bake a bread like that too! :)

Mrs. Vincent said...

That looks great!!!!! At first, I thought you baked the bread!!!! I'm way more impressed with the sandwiches though. They seem super easy to make. I'll have to remember this recipe!!! :)

Melinda said...

I think I'll take one of your sandwiches with a bowl of Hannah's soup. Sounds tasty!!

Jamie @ Six Bricks High said...

That looks delicious! I'm a total basil freak too.

CFMama said...

OK, that looks delicious (if I weren't preggers and completely nauseous). But still, it looks yummy...I just can't stare or think about it too long.

Bunch of Barrons said...

I would like to be more creative in the kitchen myself...maybe I'll work on that this year, too. ;) Those look really good!

Hannah said...

You are off to such a great start! I have complete confidence that you are going to be the rock star of cooking. I can't imagine you failing at anything :)

I think great minds think a like...I posted a recipe today too :)

Jules said...

Yum, makes my mouth water just looking at it.

Muthering Heights said...

That looks SO delicious!

Taylor family: Tim, Becky, Tabitha said...

Yummm! My mouth is watering! I bet that a "thin" pesto sauce would be great over the top too!

Joanna said...

You know what would be AWESOME? If we started a mommy cookbook with all our cool ideas and recipes and pictures...and used the proceeds to celebrate and support adoption? You and Hannah and so many cool moms have the prettiest pictures, the neatest recipes, let's do it! Heck, I'll even include my hot chocolate mock-recipe! HA HA!

Faith Imagined said...

Art work!!! Looks almost too good to eat!!!

DCastellanos said...

Honestly? I am heading out the door to purchase ingredients. These photos are so good I wish I could reach in and grab one!

Terri said...

Yummy Yumm yumm!!!!!!!

Just Me said...

yum yum yummmm yummm yum!!!! THIS IS SO MY KINDA FOOD!!

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Gardenia said...

I do love tomato and cheese sandwiches, and this one looks awesome. that bread -- I can almost smell it through the computer!

Camille said...

Wow! Even my eyes thanks you! And my mouth can't wait to try it!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Ooohhhh that looks so yummy. I will have to try that.

I have a give-a-way going on.

cheri

Amanda said...

I think this sandwich would be perfect with chicken. Im sorry. I cant help it. I love meat. But man you sure do take gorgeous pictures of food!! Its not easy either!! You are naturally gifted.

Ok. I will eat the sandwich without chicken. I can almost taste it.

:)

DCastellanos said...

I actually bought the ingredients and made these last week for my husband and I for lunch. Yummy-O there good. I will definitely be doing it again.