A standard caprese sandwich gets a major lift from sdebrango's homemade tomato jam, which couldn't be easier to make at home. Caramelizing the tomatoes brings out their sweetness, but a little kick from balsamic vinegar keeps it in check. Fresh basil and mozzarella shine when paired with the jam, but frankly, I'd eat it on just about anything -- fish and pasta are next in line.
This simple sandwich is one my all time favorites, fresh baguette, fresh mozzarella, a savory tomato jam and lots of fresh basil then it is drizzled with good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, This sandwich stands out because instead of just slicing a tomato (which is delicious also) I make a jam with fresh tomato, shallots and balsamic vinegar. The jam takes only a few minutes to cook and is really delicious.
Serves 2-4 depending on size of sandwich
Coat your fry pan with olive oil, heat should be med/high. Add shallots and saute until translucent, add tomato,salt and pepper to taste and cook until tomato starts to caramelize but there should still be some of the juices from the tomato you don't want it too dry. Add the balsamic vinegar and continue to cook stirring frequently for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Spread the tomato jam on one half of the bread (don't be shy spread a nice thick layer), lay mozzarella on the jam, put your fresh basil on top of the mozzarella. On the other half of the bread drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Put the halves together, slice into serving size pieces. Enjoy!