1 loaf calabrese or ciabatta bread - your preference
8 slices bacon
2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 leaves romaine lettuce
2 good sized bocconcini balls (or about half of a 200g bucket)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
Basil Spread Ingredients:
1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
First things first, get that bacon going. Cook to your desired crispness and then set aside on paper towels.
While that's happening, get your basil spread ready: combine all of the ingredients in a mini food processor and pulse/chop till it's nice and smooth.
Slice tomatoes, wash lettuce and slice the bread lengthwise down the middle. Pull out the the inner bread guts and then fight Erin for them later.
In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic and olive oil. Set everything out like an assembly line.
Start by spreading some of the basil spread inside the bottom and the top of the loaf. Layer the bottom with bacon, then follow with tomatoes and the sliced bocconcini. Sprinkle with the balsamic/oil mixture.
Throw on the lettuce and then the top half of the bun! Now slice crosswise into about 2 inch sandwiches - done and done! So great!
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