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{RECIPE} Caprese Sandwich with Basil Chimichurri Sauce

by Jillian Leslie on

I was excited when GE asked me to write a post about fresh food, because it's something my family and I live on. We shop at our local farmer's market every Sunday. I love coming home and biting into a peach that tastes like flowers.

So when I thought about what kind of fresh food I like to take on a trip (the topic is inspired by the new GE web series, Freshpedition), I thought about my favorite caprese sandwich. Just writing this makes my mouth water.

To add extra flavor to my sandwich, I like to drizzle a little chimichurri sauce on it. For those of you who don't know, chimichurri is an Argentinian marinade made from parsley, garlic, olive oil, red pepper, and red wine vinegar (we added basil to tie it in with the caprese).

BASIL CHIMICHURRI

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons basil chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt (to taste)

Directions:

Combine olive oil, parsley, basil, red wine vinegar, garlic, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Mix. If you can, let it sit an hour or two to let the flavors develop. If you are impatient, it is still good!

BASIL CHIMICHURRI CAPRESE SANDWICH

Ingredients:

One large baguette cut into quarters 2 heirloom tomatoes (to make four sandwiches I used a large yellow and large red one; the gnarlier they look, the better!) 8 fresh basil leaves 8 slices of fresh buffalo mozzerella (I bought, which was delicious, at Whole Foods) Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

To build a Caprese sandwich, start by liberally spreading the chimichuri on the bottom half of the bread. Add two big slices of tomato, then two big slices of buffalo mozzerella. Finish it off with two big basil leaves and a dash of salt and pepper. Put the top on and... delicious! You will probably have enough tomato left over for at least a couple more sandwiches.

Here's how my four sandwiches turned out!

I wrapped them in parchment paper, tied them with bakers' twine, grabbed four peaches that taste like flowers and off we went to the park, not necessarily a long car ride, but a great afternoon with delicious food. :)

Check out GE's new web series called Freshpedition, about a chef and an engineer who take a 2,000 mile trip with a fridge strapped in the back of a pick up truck to find the freshest ingredients across the country and cook something special at the end.

GE is continuing this same passion for fresh food with the Freshpedition Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes uses Pinterest, which means you can actually pin for a chance to win all new GE kitchen appliances.

But wait, there’s even more to win!

You can also enter each day of the sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 VISA® Prepaid Card. Entering for this prize is fun as you’re asked to pin your favorite fresh foods or your own recipes. Also, these pins when hashtagged with your state (e.g. #GEfreshTX) become part of a “Best of Fresh” map featuring freshness from around the country. Explore the map here: http://www.freshpedition.com/sweepstakes/fresh-map.htm

For official rules and to enter visit here: http://www.freshpedition.com/sweepstakes/

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by GE via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of GE.

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