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The recipe for this summery sandwich comes from Sunset magazine.


6 slices buttermilk or sourdough sandwich bread

About 1 tablespoon olive oil

15 fresh basil leaves, rinsed

2 firm-ripe tomatoes (about 8 oz. total), sliced 1/4 inch thick

4 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick

Salt and pepper


Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil. Place 3 slices, oil side down, on a 10- by 15-inch baking sheet and layer evenly with basil leaves, tomato slices, and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and top with remaining bread slices, oil side up.

2. Broil sandwiches 6 inches from heat, turning once, until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes total. Serve immediately. Makes three sandwiches.