Besides Tex-Mex, Italian flavors has to be my favorite ingredients to experiment with. Recently, I have been looking for healthier and lighter meals, but also something that my three young children would eat, so naturally I thought of enriched breads, thinly sliced cheeses, olive oil, spices, and fresh, ripe tomatoes.
I took inspiration from a recent meal at an herbal tea shop/restaurant. I wanted to recreate my favorite dish and drink into something that I could make on an everyday basis if I so desired. The end result is an open ended sandwich. Here’s what I came up with:
Italian Havarti Sandwiches
8 slices of your favorite sandwich bread (wheat, white, et cetera), crusts removed
3 roma tomatoes, sliced thinly
8 slices of Havarti cheese, sliced in half
1/4 cup olive oil (I like to use extra virgin, because it is the least processed)
6 inch sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped finely
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
Mix together olive oil, finely chopped rosemary, garlic salt, oregano, and black pepper. Using a butter knife, spread evenly onto one side of each slice of bread (if you have extra oil, you can use it to drizzle over the tops of the finished sandwiches).
On one slice of oiled bread, lay one slice of tomato in a corner, followed by a slice of Havarti cheese, another slice of tomato, and then one last slice of cheese. Carefully place onto serving tray. Repeat this process for all the slices of bread.
Drizzle with any leftover herbed olive oil mixture. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered.
*If you’d like to serve this as an appetizer, slice bread in half for smaller portions.