Sunday, May 4, 2014

Provolone Tomato And Basil Sandwich

Maya with her favorite sandwich.

This Provolone Tomato and Basil Sandwich that my sister Ursula makes is my sweet niece Maya's absolute favorite.

Maya recently described it to me in depth on our carpool ride home from school and I said, "how about tomorrow I buy all of the ingredients and you show me how to make it and stay for dinner?" Lucky for me she agreed because this is one tasty vegetarian sandwich that is quick to whip up and serves 4 to 6.

On hot weather days when you don't feel like cooking, this sandwich is just the thing to make. All it needs is a few minutes under a broiler to melt the cheese. Serve it alongside a green salad and you've got a pleasing meal ready in no time.

Here's how:

Provolone Tomato And Basil Sandwich

1 loaf ciabatta bread
4 medium sized tomatoes, sliced
1 8 oz package sliced provolone cheese (12 slices)
1 bunch fresh basil leaves
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Cracked black pepper

Slice the loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Drizzle olive oil on each half and layer each with provolone, tomato and basil and finally more provolone. Season with kosher salt and black pepper and place under the boiler until the cheese melts and begins to brown.

Put the slices together and push down on it with your hands to press everything together. Slice and serve.

After drizzling the bread with a bit of olive oil, layer on provolone cheese and tomatoes.

Layer on the fresh basil and more provolone.

It will look like this.

Add a sprinkling of kosher salt and black pepper.
Heat under a broiler for just a few minutes until the cheese melts and begins to brown.
Put the sandwich together.

Using your hands, push down on the sandwich to press everything together.

mmm.....This is one tasty sandwich. Thank you Maya for teaching me how to make it — It's easy to make and perfect for hot weather days when you don't feel like working hard in the kitchen.

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