Tuscany Bread

Tuscany Bread @themerrythought
It’s tomato season here! My mom’s garden is overflowing with tomatoes right now and she’s bringing them over to me by the basket full.  I’ll gladly take some off her hands to make tomato sandwiches (have you had these before??  For some reason I spent my entire life not eating tomato sandwiches until I read about them on Bleubird’s blog a while back; and apparently everyone else in my family has been enjoying them without cluing me in…they are my Gramma’s favorite sandwich!), a batch or two of fresh salsa and this bread!
Tuscany Bread @themerrythought
Years ago Mike and I went to Pizzeria Uno for dinner. We ordered the Tuscany Bread for an appetizer and it was love at first bite! Crusty bread, pesto, spinach, melty cheese, tomatoes! The restaurant near us took it off the menu shortly after that, and I’m so glad they did because I began making my own version at home based off the ingredients listed on the menu. And it’s so, so good! And pretty quick & easy to throw together! It’s become one of my favorite appetizers (and it makes a nice lunch too!).  I’m not sure if any of the restaurants have this on their menus anymore (it’s been years since I’ve been to one), but with this homemade version, I’m perfectly content to make my own! (But forever grateful for the inspiration Uno’s!)
Tuscany Bread @themerrythought
I did my best to come up with specific measurements, however I never measure anything for this. So if something seems a little off, that’s why!  (I just wanted to give you a basic idea of how much you would need for those that need it for a grocery list.)  I just throw on what looks good, and I recommend doing that. Make a few loaves, figure out what you’d like a little more of or a little less of on yours.  It’s an easy, forgiving recipe so you don’t need exact measurements.

Tuscany Bread
all measurements are an approximation…use what looks good to you

loaf of bread – ciabatta, Italian, French (pick your favorite – I love it on ciabatta)
2 tablespoons melted butter
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 medium size fresh tomatoes*, diced
a few leaves of fresh basil, thinly sliced
salt & fresh cracked black pepper – to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
basil pesto sauce
baby spinach leaves
5 slices muenster cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350º. Stir one clove of the minced garlic into the melted butter, set aside. In a small bowl combine diced tomatoes, 1 or 2 cloves of the minced garlic, basil, salt & pepper and olive oil. Stir gently and set aside. Slice your bread horizontally. Brush a thin coat of the garlic butter on the bread.  Spread a layer of basil pesto sauce on that.  Top pesto with baby spinach leaves, covering the bread generously.  Top spinach with muenster cheese slices and sprinkle shredded mozzarella on top.  Top the cheese with the seasoned tomatoes.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is good and melted!

*If you’d like to take a shortcut and used diced canned tomatoes (try to find ones that are seasoned), I won’t tell and it will still be delicious!
Tuscany Bread @themerrythought

-Manda

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  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Megan - Yummmm! This sounds DELISH! I’ll be making this soon to go with some wine!

    xo Megan, Lush to BlushReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    Lucy - Looks delicious! Will have to try!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 1:43 am

    thouswellblog - Yum!! These are like all my favorite things, I’ll definitely have to try this out 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    kari - That looks fantastic–may have to try this combination!ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Cherrie Reames - What seasonings did you use on the tomatoes? I have loved tomato sandwiches for ever but mine are only beefsteak, Johnny’s Seasoned Salt & Lemon Pepper, Kraft mayonnaise on toasted dill rye bread…ReplyCancel

    • Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:36 pm

      Manda - Hi Cherrie – I just use freshly ground sea salt & pepper and mayo on my sandwiches, along with some delicious Garlic Tuscan bread that I get at my local grocery store! Lemon Pepper sounds good though!ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 6:10 am

    Charis - We used to have a simple version of this at lunchtimes in our school canteen. Quite fancy making a grown up version now with a nice glass of wine as Megan suggested!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:54 am

    bàrbara - uaauuu it looks soooo good and easy!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, October 6, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    Jessica - This looks so good! We featured it on our blog – check it out! And thanks so much! ReplyCancel

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