Basil Red Pepper Sandwiches Recipe

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Basil Red Pepper Sandwiches Recipe
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Basil Red Pepper Sandwiches Recipe

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Refreshing basil leaves dress up this hot and hearty sandwich from our Test Kitchen. With a tangy olive spread, sweet peppers and mozzarella cheese, the hand-held meals are ideal for picnics or tailgating.
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced Italian bread
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 4 large pieces roasted sweet red pepper, patted dry
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives

Directions

Cut the top half off the loaf of bread; carefully hollow out top and bottom, leaving a 3/4-in. shell (save removed bread for another use).
In a small bowl, combine lemon and 2 tablespoons oil. Spread over the cut side of bread top. Drizzle remaining oil inside bread bottom; layer with cheese, red pepper, basil and olives. Replace bread top. Wrap in foil. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Slice before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Basil Red Pepper Sandwiches in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p41

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 570 calories, 27g fat (9g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 1248mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced Italian bread
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 4 large pieces roasted sweet red pepper, patted dry
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
  1. Cut the top half off the loaf of bread; carefully hollow out top and bottom, leaving a 3/4-in. shell (save removed bread for another use).
  2. In a small bowl, combine lemon and 2 tablespoons oil. Spread over the cut side of bread top. Drizzle remaining oil inside bread bottom; layer with cheese, red pepper, basil and olives. Replace bread top. Wrap in foil. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Slice before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Basil Red Pepper Sandwiches in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p41

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ABaker521 User ID: 3753363 136574
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

"Yum! Might add some salami or turkey to bulk it up."

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