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Creamy mozzarella and lovely ripe tomatoes are great friends and always work brilliantly with a bit of beautiful basil thrown in. Try making your own pesto to make this one of the best toasties ever!

serves 1

Ingredients

  • • 2 slices of freshly-cut bread
  • • olive oil
  • • pesto, for spreading
  • • 1 ripe tomato
  • • ½ x 125g ball of mozzarella
  • • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To make your toastie

• Preheat a frying or griddle pan on a medium heat or turn your toasted sandwich maker on to heat up
• Lay out your slices of bread and drizzle one side of each slice with a little olive oil
• Flip both pieces of bread over and spread lightly with pesto (see Classic basil pesto), making sure you spread right to the edges

To make your toastie

• Slice your tomato as finely as you can using a serrated knife and lay evenly over one slice of bread (on top of the pesto) so they cover it
• Slice the mozzarella and lay on top of the tomatoes
• Season lightly with salt and pepper

To make your toastie

• Top with the other slice of bread, oiled side facing up
• If using a pan, add the sandwich and press down with your fingers or a fish slice to compact it
• Toast for a couple of minutes, then lift the bread up with a fish slice to check it’s golden brown on the bottom

To make your toastie

• When it’s looking good, flip over and cook for another couple of minutes until golden on both sides and the mozzarella is all gooey
• If using a toasted sandwich maker, add your sandwich, clamp the lid shut and toast until golden
• Transfer to a chopping board, cut in half and serve

Sarnane retsept ka siin.

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