Weeknight Recipe: Caprese BLT Sandwich

I never would have thought to pair a caprese salad with fried mozzarella and place it on bread, but this is a match made in heaven.

Y’all, I can honestly say that I make this sandwich for lunch at least every other week, sometimes every week! It is just so easy and quick to make, since most of the ingredients are ones that I already have on hand. I had this sandwich for the first time when we visited Oak Island, NC last September. We were having lunch at Swain Seafood Shack (a must-try in our book if you are visiting Oak Island) and I couldn’t decide what I wanted. Since I knew that we would be having seafood for dinner, I didn’t really want that for lunch and that was when I saw this beauty. I ordered it without the bacon and I have been eating it regularly ever since!

I never would have thought to pair a caprese salad with fried mozzarella and place it on bread, but this is a match made in heaven. When we got home from our trip, I knew that I had to figure out how to recreate it. I already had mozzarella sticks, lettuce and tomato in my kitchen, so all that I had to grab was some balsamic glaze and fresh basil. In this recipe, I include the bacon since my husband eats the bacon on his. I am very picky when it comes to bacon. I like my bacon to be crispy – at the intersection of perfectly crisp and burnt. Too much to either side and the bacon isn’t worth eating. For my sandwich, I always leave the bacon off and make a vegetarian version, but I wanted to include all of the ingredients to give you two different ways to make it. Either way, this sandwich is delicious!

 

AuthorLeahCategory, DifficultyBeginner

The best and easiest sandwich to make, if you love caprese salads!

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

The Sandwich
 2 Slices of Bread (Sourdough, Whole Wheat, whatever you prefer)
 3 Mozzarella Sticks
 ½ tbsp Basil Aioli
 3 Slices of Tomato
 1 Leaf of Romaine Lettuce
 2 Pieces of Bacon
 ½ tbsp Balsamic Glaze (or more, it's THAT good!)
Basil Mayonnaise Aioli
 ¾ cup Mayonnaise
  cup Fresh Basil, chopped
 ½ tbsp Minced Garlic
 ½ tbsp Lemon Juice
 ¾ tsp Lemon Zest

The Sandwich
1

Bake the mozzarella sticks per the directions on the box. While that cooks, fry up your bacon ad rinse all of your produce. Slice the tomato and break the lettuce into 2-3 smaller pieces. This will make it easier to lay on the bread.

2

Generously spread the aioli on both slices of bread. Layer the lettuce, bacon, tomato and mozzarella sticks onto the bread. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over top of the sandwich and place the other slice of bread. Enjoy!

Basil Aioli
3

Combine mayonnaise and basil in a food processor; blend until mixed and mayonnaise turns slightly green. Add garlic; process until well blended. Add lemon juice and zest; process until well mixed, 30 to 45 seconds.

4

Transfer to a bowl and cover. Chill until flavors combine, about 1 hour.

Ingredients

The Sandwich
 2 Slices of Bread (Sourdough, Whole Wheat, whatever you prefer)
 3 Mozzarella Sticks
 ½ tbsp Basil Aioli
 3 Slices of Tomato
 1 Leaf of Romaine Lettuce
 2 Pieces of Bacon
 ½ tbsp Balsamic Glaze (or more, it's THAT good!)
Basil Mayonnaise Aioli
 ¾ cup Mayonnaise
  cup Fresh Basil, chopped
 ½ tbsp Minced Garlic
 ½ tbsp Lemon Juice
 ¾ tsp Lemon Zest

Directions

The Sandwich
1

Bake the mozzarella sticks per the directions on the box. While that cooks, fry up your bacon ad rinse all of your produce. Slice the tomato and break the lettuce into 2-3 smaller pieces. This will make it easier to lay on the bread.

2

Generously spread the aioli on both slices of bread. Layer the lettuce, bacon, tomato and mozzarella sticks onto the bread. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over top of the sandwich and place the other slice of bread. Enjoy!

Basil Aioli
3

Combine mayonnaise and basil in a food processor; blend until mixed and mayonnaise turns slightly green. Add garlic; process until well blended. Add lemon juice and zest; process until well mixed, 30 to 45 seconds.

4

Transfer to a bowl and cover. Chill until flavors combine, about 1 hour.

Weeknight Recipes: Caprese BLT Sandwich

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