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Open-Face Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Sandwich (Serves 10 to 12)

Copyright 2007, Ina Garten, All Rights Reserved

Photo: Quentin Bacon

8 medium tomatoes
3 (16-ounce) balls fresh mozzarella
4 loaves Ciabatta, sliced in half lengthwise
1 cup prepared pesto
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
32 basil leaves

Core the tomatoes and slice each tomato and each ball of mozzarella into ΒΌ-inch thick slices.

Place the sliced Ciabatta loaves on a work surface, and spread each half evenly with 1/8 cup pesto. Place 4 slices of tomato and 3 slices mozzarella side by side on the top of each half loaf and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place 4 basil leaves on top of each sandwich.

Slice each half loaf crosswise into 4 serving portions, making sure that each piece has a slice of tomato, mozzarella and a basil leaf.