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September 9, 2021

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Smoky Caprese Sandwiches
Level: Easy
Total: 25 min
Active: 20 min
Yield: 4 sandwiches


4 sandwich-sized ciabatta rolls, split through the middle
1 large red onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rings
5 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
1/2 cup smoked almonds, chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 large heirloom tomatoes, preferably mixed colors, sliced 1/4 inch thick
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 cup arugula


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

If your ciabatta rolls are very bready, pick out a little of the crumb. Put the rolls on a baking pan and bake until warm and crisp on the outside, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a small grill pan or cast-iron pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Toss the red onion in 1 tablespoon of the oil and sprinkle with a little salt, then grill, turning occasionally, until slightly softened and charred in spots, about 6 minutes.

Stir together the basil, smoked almonds, crushed red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil in a bowl.

Arrange the bottom halves of the ciabatta rolls on a work surface. Drizzle with a little olive oil, then arrange the tomatoes on top: sprinkle with salt and pepper. Next, top evenly with the onions, followed by the almond mixture. Lay the mozzarella on top: sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Top with the arugula and serve immediately.

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