Fried Tomato, Mozzarella and Bacon Sandwich

Dish Name : Fried Tomato, Mozzarella and Bacon Sandwich

Yield: 6 sandwiches

Firm, fresh tomatoes, cored - 1 1/2lb.
Semolina bread - 12-in. loaf
Mozzarella cheese - 1 lb.
Fine cornmeal - 1/2 cup
Garlic salt - 1 tsp.
Ground black pepper - 1/2 tsp.
Olive oil - 1/4 cup
Prepared pesto - 1/2 cup
Basil - 12 leaves
Bacon, cooked - 12 slices

Method:

  1. Slice tomatoes into 12 1/2-in slices. Cut bread diagonally into 12 slices; toast. Cut mozzarella into 12 1/4-in. slices.

  2. In small shallow bowl, combine cornmeal, garlic salt and pepper. Dip tomatoes in mixture, coating both sides; shake off excess.

  3. In large skillet, heat oil over medium- high heat until hot; pan-fry tomato slices until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Remove; drain on paper towels.

  4. Spread each bread slice with pesto; arrange mozzarella slices on 6 of bread slices; top each with 2 tomato slices, 2 basil leaves and 2 bacon slices. Top with remaining bread.

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