Originally created 02/26/97

Hearty sandwich has zesty flavor



Tomato Mozzarella Toast is elegant, yet simple to prepare and serve. Toasted Italian rolls absorb the juices of chopped tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic. The sandwich is layered with prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese is melted over the top.

TOMATO MOZARELLA TOAST

2 pounds fresh tomatoes

1/8 cup olive oil

1/3 cup thinly slivered fresh basil or chopped parsley

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 8-inch-long Italian rolls

8 thin slices Prosciutto di Parma or baked ham (about 4 ounces)

1 cup (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat broiler.

Core tomatoes; chop (makes about 5 cups).

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the basil, garlic, salt and black pepper; let stand at least 30 minutes.

Slice rolls in half horizontally, then vertically. Brush cut sides of bread with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil; place on a shallow pan; broil until golden.

Reserve about 1/3 cup of the tomato mixture; spoon remaining tomato mixture on rolls, dividing evenly. Top each with 2 slices of prosciutto, 1/8 cup mozzarella and an equal amount of the reserved tomato mixture. Broil until cheese is just melted, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving: 505 calories, 25 grams protien, 33 grams carbohydrates, 32 grams fat, 1,276 milligrams sodium.

Recipe from: Florida Tomato Committee



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