Grilled Caprese Sandwich

This Grilled Caprese Sandwich captures all the fresh flavors of summer. You only need a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes, making it perfect for your next camping trip!

Few things capture the essence of summer quite like grilled tomatoes. Bright, sweet, and slightly smokey. So why would you settle for a regular Caprese sandwich, when you could have a grilled tomato Caprese sandwich instead!

Grilled tomatoes and slices of cheese on a baguette

There are a few tricks to grilling tomatoes at a campground. The first being to clean the grill grate to the best of your ability. A wire brush is a good place to start and then remove the excess soot with a damp rag. Once everything is clean, brush the grill with some oil to keep things from sticking. Finally, you’ll want to cut your tomatoes nice and thick to help them retain their structure.

Red and yellow heirloom tomato slices on a blue cutting board

Note: Some grill grates clean up nicely, but others can be so weathered and rusted that they’re beyond repair. In that case, using a cast iron grill pan over the fire might be your best alternative. Additionally, if you don’t have a campfire available, you can use a grill pan over your camp stove. It’s not quite grilling, but it’s pretty close.

Grilling tomatoes over a campfire

As for the cooking temperature, you should try to cook them fast and hot. The goal is to quickly grill them, not slow roast them. If you go too slow, they’ll get soft and fall apart. While the tomatoes are cooking you can also toast up your baguette as well.

Finally, put it all together with your grilled tomatoes, slices of mozzarella, and either fresh basil or a pesto spread.

With so many fresh seasonal flavors, this sandwich is everything we love about summertime. It’s like taking a bite of sunshine.

Grilled caprese sandwich on a plate
Grilled tomatoes and slices of cheese on a baguette
Grilled tomatoes and slices of cheese on a baguette

Grilled Caprese Sandwich

Makes 2 sandwiches
   
Recipe by Fresh Off the Grid
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2-3 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 6-inch baguettes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese, sliced into rounds
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto, or a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Salt + pepper

Instructions

  • Slice the tomatoes into thick rounds and brush with oil. Place onto your grill grate and cook 5 minutes per side, until charred in spots and warmed through. Grill the cut sides of the baguettes if desired.
  • To assemble, spread pesto onto the cut sides of the baguettes, then layer the cheese, tomatoes, and basil if using. Sprinkle with salt and pepper & enjoy!

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Calories: 667kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 35g | Vitamin A: 1500IU | Vitamin C: 54.5mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 5.6mg
*Nutrition info is an estimate based on information provided by myfitnesspal.com
Lunch, Main Course
Italian-inspired
camping food, grilling, sandwich

  1. Looking forward to trying out several of your recipes on my summer camping trips. This one in particular sounds like a great change of pace! Here’s a tip to try next time you grill tomatoes: Sprinkle sliced tomatoes with salt and let them drain on a paper towel for 10-15 minutes before grilling. This draws out excess moisture and helps them to retain their shape and texture.
    Happy Camping!

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