Blistered Tomato Caprese on Grilled Garlic Bread
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Blistered, warm, juicy tomatoes add another dimension to this grilled garlic bread bruschetta.
For the garlic butter
- 5 cloves garlic, grated
- 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 Teaspoon each salt and black pepper
For the basil pesto
- 1 Cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 Cups chopped walnuts
- 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
For the grilled garlic bread
- 2 Cups grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1 loaf Italian bread, cut into 1-inch thick slices
- Garlic butter, as needed
- Basil pesto, as needed
- 8 Ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
Mix mayonnaise, mustard, and lemon juice in a small bowl season with salt.
Toss shallot, garlic, and vinegar in another small bowl season with salt. Let sit 10 minutes. Drain, reserving shallots and vinegar separately in small bowls.
Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Brush cut sides of bread with 2 Tbsp. oil total and grill until lightly charred, about 2 minutes per side. (Or broil bread halves, cut side up, until lightly charred, about 2 minutes.) Season with salt let cool.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high (you can do this directly on the grill grates or on a burner). Toss tomatoes with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil and cook, shaking pan often, until tomatoes are blistered and lightly charred, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes to bowl with reserved vinegar season with salt and pepper. Let cool slightly, then add basil, parsley, and lemon zest and toss gently to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
Spread both halves of baguette with mayonnaise mixture. Top with mozzarella, tomato salad, and shallots, and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
Do Ahead: Mayonnaise can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.
Absolutely delicious. It's one of my go to recipes for pot-lucks and SuperBowl parties!
Easy & delicious. With 10 minutes left, I rubbed both sides of the bread in the oil on the bottom of the pan, then left with tomatoes to toast. Flipped after 5 minutes. Perfect. Also, didn’t have mozz, so topped them with some goat feta. Fantastic. Almost anything will work.
This looks, and I am certainly, will be, AMAZING! I am so used to just making the standard caprese, that I’ve actually grown bored with it. But this will surely reinvigorate my love for this combination!
This is literally the second best recipe I've ever tried from Epicurious (the Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake is still the king)! Don't skim on the garlic. And don't overlook the importance of the bread and the olive oil that goes with it. Use a good olive oil and a good crusty bread.
Served along side roast prime rib for Christmas dinner, as an accompaniment. I added sliced shallots. This was wonderful and Iɽ make it again and serve with the crusty bread.
I make this all the time when tomatoes aren't at their peak. I never really considered it a recipe :-) I personally prefer max 1 clove of garlic, but to each his own.
Caprese Garlic Bread
This recipe is even wonderful when tomatoes aren't in season. In the oven, sad-looking slices take on a deeper, sweeter, more tomato-y flavor. If you don't want to make your own balsamic glaze, you can find it bottled at most grocery stores.
If all you're looking for is a simple caprese salad, we've got you covered.
loaf ciabatta, halved lengthwise
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Thinly sliced fresh basil, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350° and place ciabatta cut-sides up on a large baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, stir together butter, garlic, and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Spread on ciabatta halves and bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, simmer balsamic vinegar and honey, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, 8 to 10 minutes (glaze should be thick enough to coat back of a spoon). Let cool.
- Top toasted ciabatta with mozzarella and tomatoes and bake until cheese is melty, 5 to 10 minutes more.
- Drizzle garlic bread with oil and balsamic glaze, garnish with basil, and slice.
USE THAT GLAZE! A batch will keep in the fridge for a few weeks&mdash drizzle it over ricotta cheese, grilled peaches, or leftover pizza.
- Author: Cookie and Kate
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 sandwiches
- Category: Sandwich
- Method: Toasted
- Cuisine: Italian
- Diet: Vegetarian
This Caprese sandwich recipe is perfect for picnics! This vegetarian sandwich features tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and creamy basil sauce. Recipe yields 2 large (as shown) or 4 medium sandwiches.
Make at Home Caprese Garlic Bread
For me, this Make at Home Caprese Garlic Bread could be my whole meal! It would be great for lunch, dinner, an appetizer or party food. It’s a versatile dish so you can have it anytime you please! You may have noticed we have been doing several party food recipes lately. That may have a little to do with summer coming up soon. Summer is like one big party for us! We have SEVERAL birthdays that we celebrate, plus the Fourth of July, a lot of days at the lake and numerous cookouts! So we wanted to go ahead and share these recipes so you will have them when you need them. Some of our other favorites are these Oven Fried Mozzarella Sticks, this Sweet Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Ball that we shared yesterday and this Fresh Watermelon Salsa! You can Pin all of these recipes right from the picture so they are easy to find later!
- 1 loaf Italian Bread
- 4 tbsp butter, softened
- 3 cloves Garlic, minced
- 12oz fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced
- ½ cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 3 medium Tomatoes, sliced
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- ⅓ cup Fresh Basil Leaf, chopped
- Add the vinegar to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer until reduced by half.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and set a baking sheet to the side.
- Add the minced garlic to the butter and mix well.
- Cut the loaf of bread in half, lengthwise.
- Butter the cut sides with the garlic butter.
- Place the bread on a baking sheet with the cut side up.
- Place the mozzarella cheese slices on top of the bread.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, until cheese is melted and edges are starting to brown.
- Top with the sliced tomatoes.
- Top tomatoes with chopped basil and salt and pepper to taste.
- Drizzle with balsamic reduction.
- Cut into slices and serve.
Doesn’t this Make at Home Caprese Garlic Bread look soooo yummy? Well, it tastes yummy too and you can make it at home, yourself anytime you want. Want more bite-sized party food ideas? Then check out this adorable cookbook! It has several one-bite ideas that are real crowd pleasers!
Caprese Garlic Toast
Often times when the early evening comes and I begin to get that nagging, hungry feeling in the pit of my belly but don't want anything too big or too involved, that is the time I like to put my creative thinking cap on.
I'll open up my fridge and do a quick assessment of what's inside—look to see what kind of produce I have, rummage through my deli drawer—to see what tasty light and easy meal I can come up with.
But here's my personal little requirement: this meal must be prepared with a minimal amount of effort, yet still be brimming with lots of flavor and be thoroughly satisfying.
There are many times when I toast up a simple slice or two of rustic sourdough bread, then rub a little garlic over it, and spread a bit of butter or schmear over it as well. Then, I top the toast(s) with a few slices of fresh, juicy tomato, a liberal sprinkle of good sea salt, and call it a meal!
And I find myself in flavor heaven with that particular combination of garlic and tomatoes—one of my absolute favorites—especially during a time of year when tomatoes are at their juiciest and most delicious.
But I recently discovered a tasty new twist to my usual toasts in this caprese garlic toast, my brand new favorite light meal.
This is my idea of the perfect seasonal snack (or dinner, in my case!) that is juicy, savory, fresh, and incredibly flavorful. But best of all? It’s such a breeze to make!
Caprese Salad, My Inspiration for Caprese Garlic Toast
Lately I've been keeping one of those little boules of whole-milk mozzarella cheese on hand. I've also been well-stocked with fresh basil used in recent recipes like this grilled chicken and this pasta salad.
Tomatoes are something that I pretty much always have available.
So the first thing that came to mind when I opened the fridge and saw all those beautiful ingredients was, "Caprese Salad! Yes!! And then, I remembered the sliced sourdough I had in my freezer, ready and begging to be toasted up to golden perfection! It would be a match made in heaven!
And that's when my recipe muse suggested I whip up a little hybrid version of my beloved garlic-rubbed toasts.
Perfectly thin slices of the mozzarella cheese laid over top of the garlic toast, then be placed under the broiler for a couple of minutes, and then topped with slices of fresh tomato and vibrant basil leaves filled the kitchen with intoxicatingly delicious fragrances.
Behold, a caprese salad elevated to a broiled cheese—on garlic-rubbed toast! Absolutely divine!
And these caprese garlic toasts can also be turned into cute little appetizers or hors d'oeuvres by simply slicing them on the diagonal, placing them on a rustic platter, and passing them around!
So next time you get that nagging, hungry feeling in your belly but don't want to prepare anything too involved, treat yourself to this scrumptious caprese garlic toast made with a few fresh, seasonal ingredients, and you'll definitely understand what I'm raving about!
Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread
Ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and creamy mozzarella cheese. Can you guess where I’m going with this?
One of my favorite dishes that forward to eating every summer are those filled with caprese flavors. The combination of tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella makes my heart skip a beat every single time. Throw in a balsamic drizzle and I’ll happily munch on this food all day long.
Although caprese salads and sandwiches are available year round, they just seem to taste better when the produce is ripe from the summer sun. A
nd that goes along with pretty much all fruits and veggies, right? Strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are just ripe for the pickin’!
Which leads me to this Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread. Fresh bread, toasted with hints of garlic, is topped with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese. It makes for the perfect appetizer, side dish, or late night snack.
And if your a caprese lover like me, then this bread was made for you!
Not only is this Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread full of flavor, but it’s also brimming with pretty pops of color. The age-old saying, “you eat with your eyes” is definitely the case for me. However, the loaded flavor is even better!
The bread is lightly brushed with olive oil and garlic, and then piled with sweet tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
One bite of this crunchy bread and your tastebuds will have a party. This bread is just about the best kind that I’ve ever had. And I’m not just saying that because I made it, pinky swear!
And like most of my recipes, this Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread is so easy to whip up! Whether you’re making this as a side to go along with dinner or want to impress a hungry group, this bread is sure to do to just the trick!
So the next time you’re in the mood for those tasty caprese flavors, why not make this easy Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread? Guaranteed to be the life of the party, you will be making this all year long!
Caprese Grilled Cheese
Caprese means from Capri, the storied island off the western coast of Italy belonging to the region of Campania.
Traditional insalata caprese contains only raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, sweet basil, extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of good sea salt. Many variations on the internet contain vinegar, but this is blasphemous, as the strong acidity will overpower the tang of the tomatoes and the subtle flavors of the fresh cheese. Anyway, turning the salad into a hot sandwich is heretical enough without fundamentally altering the source material. This recipe is an attempt at a faithful translation. On the other hand, we don’t want to tell anyone what to do. If you want to use pesto, dried or cooked tomatoes, or even the blasphemous vinegar, have at it. But first try to get the basic elements in balance.
Though you could use cooked or dried tomatoes, we like to leave them raw. Stray too far into cooked territory and you lose the character of a caprese, flirting instead with a sort of french bread pizza or calzone. Raw tomato, however, contains a lot of liquid that can threaten the toastiness of your sandwich. In order to keep the bread from getting soggy, slice the tomato thinly, and fry the bread in perhaps a bit more olive oil than you might normally use for a regular grilled cheese.
The one major innovation here is to fry the basil. Flash fried herbs are fun and pretty, whereas warmed fresh basil turns brown. Just make sure the oil isn't too hot.
This sandwich is vegetarian friendly and perfect for a quick light lunch, dinner, or even cut up in smaller pieces for a canapé.
14 Ways to Make Caprese a Full Meal
The caprese salad is probably the second most famous thing ever to come out of Capri (the first is capri pants Capri Sun is actually from Germany). A simple dish of tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil, and salt, the caprese is an easy way to take advantage of the fresh flavors of summer and make everything from fruit to grilled chicken even better.
1. Vegan Caprese Sandwiches
A little cashew cheese lets vegans get in on the delicious caprese action with these picnic-ready sandwiches.
2. One-Pot Caprese Dinner
A hearty pasta dinner that only messes up one pot? Yes, please.
3. Cantaloupe Caprese Skewers
Swapping cantaloupe for tomato is trading one great summer taste for another. These easy skewers are a perfect party appetizer.
4. Pizza With Fresh Mozzarella and Cherry Tomatoes
The trio of ingredients that form the caprese salad are also the toppings that make a pizza Margherita. This version with cherry tomatoes offers up a fresh take on the classic.
5. Gluten-Free Caprese Popovers
If you've gone gluten-free, you've probably given up on popovers. Fortunately, these irresistible caprese popovers show there's still hope.
6. Caprese Garlic Bread
Take garlic bread from afterthought to showstopper.
7. Plum Caprese
Sweeter in taste but actually pretty similar in texture to tomatoes, plums make for a delightfully different caprese salad.
8. Caprese Tarts
Fresh, flaky, and completely adorable, these lovely little tarts will be a hit at your summer dinner party.
9. Caprese Panini
"But I don't have a panini press!" you're saying. Well, this recipe is specifically for people who don't. There are lots of ways to smash a sandwich, you know.
10. Grilled Caprese Naan Pizza
Everybody wants homemade pizza, but not everyone has high enough ceilings to throw the dough in the air (or, you know, the skills). If that sounds like you, relax your life's not over. Just use a flatbread like naan and you've got a tasty pizza you can make in 15 minutes.
11. Tomato Chevre Tart
With chevre in place of mozzarella, this tomato and basil tart captures some of the same simple flavors that make caprese such a summer-perfect dinner.
12. Chicken Margherita Pizza
Margherita pizza is great on its own, but throwing a little grilled chicken into the mix makes it just a little more filling. And, of course, the wonderfully smoky flavor of the grill is always welcome in summer.
13. Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad
There are tomatoes and there are tomatoes. An heirloom tomato in the middle of summer can set right a lot of the things that are wrong in your life. You deserve to be happy, and you absolutely deserve to have a caprese salad made from heirloom tomatoes. Plus, cheese for dinner.
14. Caprese Flatbreads
These flatbreads feature a sweet and tart balsamic reduction that will give the aura of being truly gourmet without actually being hard to make.
Elizabeth Stark is a food writer with a passion for seasonal food, great desserts, and inadvisable wine pairings. Read more on her blog, Brooklyn Supper.