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Best Thing Ever: Mozzarella Tomato Basil Sandwich

I didn't even take a photo. The sandwich had no chance.

Since I didn't have an appetite this morning, I didn't eat anything until 4 p.m., at which point I wolfed down a pressed mozzarella, eggplant, tomato, and basil panini from Ronnybrook Milk Bar in maybe five minutes, only taking a short break for the requisite intake of oxygen and to finish a blog post. Now I'm left with the lingering taste of sweet cheesy gobs with creamy eggplant goo with fresh basil with...tomato...I'll admit that the tomato has a purpose even if I don't really like raw tomatoes.

I made a sammich
A sandwich...from the past

The fresh mozzarella + tomato + basil combination is my favorite. Eggplant isn't necessary, but adds another layer of deliciousness. IT IS THE BEST THING EVER. (If you disagree with me, I shall smite you. From afar. So you probably won't feel anything.) And I really need to bring the proper sandwich ingredients to work so I can make it in the office instead of paying $9+ for a good, but not "go out of your way for it" good, sandwich.

Ah well. I'm not eating anything special tonight, so that was the culinary highlight of my day.


Eric / February 11, 2009 5:45 PM

the ingredients are all available elsewhere in the Chelsea Market, most of them at the Fruit Exchange. And plenty of bread choices at Amy's

Kathryn / February 11, 2009 5:56 PM

I ate an obscene amount of these in Florence (no eggplant, though). Try it with sun-dried tomatoes -- you'll be rendered completely speechless. Haha, even on my SE profile, this is listed as my last bite on earth. =)

anna / February 11, 2009 6:56 PM

Do want. That is actually remarkably similar to the Best Sandwich I Ever Ate, which made me rethink raw tomatoes....Mine was on amaaaazing focaccia, with tomato, basil, slabs of fresh mozzarella and tofu, and a balsamic dressing. Eggplant could only make it more awesome, I think.

SuperChomp / February 11, 2009 8:31 PM

I wonder if the eggplant makes a good mozarella *substitute* for the lactarded. Hmm.

ila / February 11, 2009 8:40 PM

mmmm, this is my favorite flavor combo too, sans the eggplant (it will kill me).
i don't like to make sandwiches, even i though i don't mind washing rice and then waiting an hour for it to complete. too many ingredients and time for something i will scarf down in 5 minutes, non?

roboppy / February 12, 2009 12:01 AM

eric: Ah yes, I know could've acquired the ingredients..but ..I wanted someone else to make my sandwich. FAAIL! They seem to always taste better when someone else makes em. I gotta get out of that mindset. Even if it's 99% true.

Kathryn: Okay, must get me some sun dried tomatoes!

Anna: Eggplant tends to make things more awesome.

Matt: Sunlight and a good lens!

SuperChomp: Aw. The joys of mozz cannot be matched by anything else! But eggplant is quite good.

ila: I feel the same way about making sandwiches, except mine tend to suck. I need a professional sandwich maker to like, SHOW ME. I'm that hopeless.

Michele / February 12, 2009 10:44 AM

You have to try the one at B&H Dairy Lunch (2nd Ave & St Marks) come summer. It's made on challah and it's superb. I wouldn't have dreamed of putting something so Italian on sweet, brioche-style bread, but, dang, it's good.

Tina / February 12, 2009 8:05 PM

WAH! I just ate it this afternoon and it was indeed glorious. The creamy, barely melted mozzarella totally seduced me.

I should do a build-a-BLT (as in basil, mozzarella and tomato) party with my co-workers (who are scientists, not insane food-lovin' people like all of us readers are). I could persuade them?

roboppy / February 13, 2009 12:27 AM

Michele: Hot diggity. Okay I will have to go there. I've only been to B&H once during my solitary breakfasting days. I remember eating a huge chunka challah with shizzloads of butter. Mm.

Tina: SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PARTY! Why would anyone not wanna do that? Waah.

Sam / February 18, 2009 2:05 PM

Tasty looking sandwich there. If you're looking for good tomatoes to use for some homemade eats, I've always used Eurofresh tomatoes for these sandwiches.

I was never really a fan of raw tomatoes either, until I tried that brand. Amazing and combining it with good bread, mozzarella and basil would be incredible.

LaserLiza / February 11, 2010 5:32 PM

I LOVE these sandwiches. The best ones come from a bakery near my house- the baguette is perfect, and they don't skimp on the main ingredients. A drizzle of balsalmic vinegar (even the cheap kind) is also good (I also use it in my tomato sauce; the sweet-tart flavor really brings out tomato-ness).

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