i used to order the “special sandwich” at our favorite trattoria near school. it was prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomato, and roasted red pepper with balsamic vinaigrette. it was seriously one of the most incredible things i’ve ever eaten. but i’m a girl who loves a sandwich.
incidentally, prosciutto is one of the things that sort of turned me vegetarian… it was one of my favorite deli meats [if you can even call it that, heavenly little slices that it was], but i always felt pretty unpleasant after eating it. it was the last straw that made me think, “maybe i’ll give it a go without for a little while.”
in the last 3+ years, i haven’t done a great job of coming up with alternatives to the foods i used to love. i’ve found plenty of new foods i love, for sure, but sometimes a craving hits for the “old foods.” i usually just choose something else and forget about it. i want to work on this… like reubens?! oh man. terrible concept, but what a sandwich.
ok, ok. back to this week’s sandwich. it’s just as delicious now without the prosciutto [you would not have heard me say that before i became a vegetarian]. and it is phenomenal with creamy homemade dressing [i promise this is the last post about it this week; i’m mildly obsessed].
you will need:
- section of baguette [sized for however hungry you are ;-) ]
- ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced [probably 1/2 ball]
- juicy red tomato [1 tomato per sandwich]
- basil leaves, torn
- creamy balsamic vinaigrette [i’m sure oil + vinegar would suffice]
- salt + pepper
i’m all about simple non-recipes… and this one really, really does not disappoint.