Mozzarella, Tomato, and Pesto Melts
This sandwich has a delicate flavor that is ideal for a light dinner. You can make your own variations by adding sweet peppers, baby spinach, prosciutto, smoked turkey or ham, or using sundried tomato or artichoke pesto instead of basil pesto.
- 1 2- foot long soft baguette or 4 6-inch French rolls (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
- 1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup pesto sauce (store-bought or homemade) see Tip below for homemade directions
- 2 tomatoes thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup sweet peppers, roasted red peppers, baby spinach, prosciutto, or sliced smoked turkey, or ham (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees or preheat the broiler with the oven rack at least 6 inches from the heating element (alternatively, use a panini maker, if you have one).
- Carefully cut open the baguette or sandwich rolls, but try to avoid slicing all the way through, so the halves remain attached.
- Thinly slice the mozzarella cheese and spread the pesto evenly on the inside bottom half of the baguette or rolls.
- Top the pesto with the tomatoes (and any optional ingredients) and place the cheese on the top half of the baguette.
- Put each open sandwich on a baking sheet with the fillings facing up, and bake it for 2 - 3 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the baguette is slightly browned on the edges. (Alternatively, broil the sandwiches for 2 - 3 minutes.) Cut it into smaller servings and serve it hot.
Do Ahead or Delegate: Slice the bread, slice the cheese and refrigerate, prepare the pesto if making homemade, slice the tomatoes. Scramble Flavor Booster: Season the sandwiches with freshly ground black pepper or crushed red pepper flakes. Tip: To make fresh pesto, in a blender or food processor, combine 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves, 4 cloves chopped or minced garlic (about 2 tsp.), 1/2 cup pine nuts, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Toss extra pesto with noodles or vegetables, use it as a dip with crackers, or freeze it for another time. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 330, Total Fat: 14g, 22%; Saturated Fat: 7g, 35%; Cholesterol: 35mg, 12%; Sodium: 750mg, 31%; Total Carbohydrate: 31g, 10%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 12%; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 27g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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