Friday, August 31, 2012

Turkey-Mozzarella Ciabatta Sandwich

Two weeks into school, we have a Furlough Day. It's very sad that our teachers/schools have to take an unpaid days here in California due to the economic conditions, but I gotta say...our family wasn't complaining too much. My daughter started 1st grade this year, and even though she was in Kindergarten last year, she was at school only half-days, so we have been having a hard time adjusting to full days (Mommy and kiddos both!). 

It was so nice to have a 4-day weekend to look forward to. I purposely didn't add anything that would involve any kind of planning or preparation, and I let the kiddos be in charge of what they wanted to do today. So we relaxed...made buttermilk pancakes together in the morning (my son insisted on wearing his Frankenstein mask), watched a 30-minute kid-show, the kids played soccer in the backyard, we discovered grapes growing on our grape vines and picked as many as we could find and ate them all up, nap-time for everyone, and then we are going out to pizza for dinner. My kind of day!  

One of the things my daughter requested for lunch today was something "hot and delicious." We usually pack her a cold sandwich for lunch at school (like PB&J), so a hot lunch sounded very enticing. This is what we came up with.  An open-faced sandwich with Turkey, Mozarella and fresh Ciabatta bread. 

Ciabatta Sandwich  Recipe
 Makes: 4 servings Prep: 10 minutes  Cooking Time: 2-3 minutes

4 Ciabatta bread rolls
prepared guacamole (we use Wholly Guacamole)
fresh spinach leaves
1 large tomato, sliced thinly
salt and pepper
4-6 slices Sun-dried tomato Turkey, deli-style
1 fresh mozzarella ball ( Belgioioso  is the one we use), sliced thinly
 Italian seasoning

1. Turn broiler on. Slice bread rolls in half. Spoon guacamole over each slice. Layer spinach leaves on top. Add tomato, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  
2. Lay down 1-2 slices of turkey. Top with mozzarella. Sprinkle with seasoning.
3. Broil for approximately 2-3 minutes until bread rolls are browned on the edges and cheese is melted. 
Serve hot!
Who likes to change it up?

~Skip guacamole and brush bread slices with olive oil.
~Chop up garlic and sprinkle on top of cheese.
~ Use sliced cooked chicken breast instead of turkey or skip the meat for a vegetarian option. 
~Instead of fresh tomatoes use sun-dried.
~Make mini-pizzas...skip guacamole and spinach. Brush on tomato sauce, layer turkey meat and then cheese on top.

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