Monday, June 22, 2009
Lite & Yummy for Summer!
Today~ I started my diet! How many times do we say that? Myself~ way to many =) Four weeks ago I gave up coffee..I know how can I give up coffee??? It was pretty easy! I stopped going to Starbucks and I didn't buy anymore Vanilla Creamer to make it at home. Today~ I gave up soda and sugar... for those of you who have known me forever..know that I was a Coke drinker. You would hardly ever see me without a Coke in my hand. A few years ago I cut way back on the soda drinking and replaced it with water. I could never truely give it up...until today!
For summer and to support my new diet... I want to post a few yummy recipes that taste great and are super easy to make. Here is the first of the many to come =)
Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwiches
1 loaf thinly sliced white sandwich bread (32 pieces), preferably Pullman
2 pounds salted fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
Using a 2- or 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter (depending on size of tomatoes), cut out bread and mozzarella.
Season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Sandwich 1 tomato slice and 1 mozzarella slice between 2 slices of bread. Repeat with remaining tomatoes, mozzarella, and bread to make 16 sandwiches.
Preheat a grill to medium, or heat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush outsides of bread with butter. Grill sandwiches until golden brown and mozzarella is soft but not completely melted, about 5 minutes per side.