Tomato Basil Sandwiches is a great summertime entree. They are easy to make, and the tomato-basil is very refreshing. When it starts getting hot outside, I start looking for recipes that don’t require a lot of prep work or cooking. These Tomato Basil Sandwiches can be made on the grill, along with corn or other veggies to be served as a side dish. However, I like to use a Panini press or similar indoor grill sometimes instead of cooking outside, especially when it is really hot out.
No cheese is necessary on these sandwiches, the mayonnaise-pesto mixture add a delicious creamy flavor that is out-of-this-world amazing. Kalamata olives have a very distinct flavor, and by adding a few on each sandwich something special happens. They help to make the basil and pesto, not as powerful and works wonderfully with the other ingredients. I love to make these Tomato Basil Sandwiches with just picked veggies from my garden. This is a great way to use you homegrown summer tomatoes and herbs.
Recipe: Tomato Basil Sandwiches
Summary: No cheese is necessary on these sandwiches, the mayonnaise-pesto mixture add a delicious creamy flavor that is out-of-this-world amazing.
- 2 large tomatoes, cut into ½-inch thick slices
- Salt and ground pepper
- 8 (½-inch thick) slices of Italian bread, or other rustic bread
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion, cut into thin slices
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons pesto
- 1 cup sliced kalamata olives
- 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
- Preheat grill or Panini press to medium-high heat.
- Sprinkle the tomato slices evenly with salt and pepper; set aside. Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil, and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise and pesto; spread evenly on one side of each bread slice (side that does not have olive oil).
- Start to build the sandwiches – with oil side down (will be in contact with the grill) top the bread with tomato slices (about 2 per sandwich), onion slices, kalamata olives, and basil. Place second slice of bread on top (oil side out).
- Grill sandwiches until bread is a nice golden brown.
Mix it up a bit with various types of herbs (fresh when possible), and other vegetables. It’d be difficult to mess this Tomato Basil up!
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: Italian
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