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Basil Red Pepper Sandwiches

Refreshing basil leaves dress up this hot and hearty sandwich from our Test Kitchen. With a tangy olive spread, sweet peppers and mozzarella cheese, the hand-held meals are ideal for picnics or tailgating.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced Italian bread
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 8 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 large pieces roasted sweet red peppers, patted dry
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives


  • Cut the top half off the loaf of bread; carefully hollow out top and bottom, leaving a 3/4-in. shell (save removed bread for another use).
  • In a small bowl, combine lemon zest and 2 tablespoons oil. Spread over the cut side of bread top. Drizzle remaining oil inside bread bottom. Layer with the cheese, red pepper, basil and olives. Replace bread top. Wrap in foil.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Slice before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 570 calories, 27g fat (9g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 1248mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.

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