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Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches

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These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!

These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!

Today is life changing in the course of world history. Perhaps devastating, you might even say.

I truly don’t mean to talk politics on my blog, but waking up today with the intention of writing something about these Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches seems impossible considering all that has gone on with the US election.

Last year around this time, Canada voted in perhaps the exact opposite power, and it deeply saddens me that our neighbours in the US have chosen such a drastic difference in leadership.

These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!

Even though the day is young, I’ve pinched myself several times asking if this is real life.

What I thought was a joke has turned into something of a real world nightmare, and I can’t help but think of how this is going to affect everyone worldwide, not just the US.

Without wanting to alienate anyone too much with talk of politics, all I can really say is that this November is a dark month in more than one way, and I’m not really sure that food can fix that today.

These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!

But I’m going to try, because the show must go on, and even in the darkest of times we have to have faith in humanity and know that we can still fight for the things we believe in, including equality and compassion for all.

Okay, I lied when I said I wasn’t going to talk a little bit more about politics, but I promise it’s food related!

These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!

Touching on the food perspective, we forget that so much of our inspiration is borrowed by several cultures across several generations.

I mean, isn’t that what makes eating and entertaining so great? The fact that we have so much variety?

The ability to share cuisines and cultures and learn to appreciate others through the deliciousness that is food?

Without the ability to celebrate and appreciate difference, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy things like pho, sushi stacksgnocchi, bibimbap or shawarma. Think about it people!!!

These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!

Food to me is sharing and coming together. Everyone at the dinner table – whether it’s a giant holiday gathering or a simple weeknight family meal – agrees to put their differences aside for a short time and enjoy the privilege of eating some delicious, wholesome food.

To me, when alienation of already vulnerable populations of people is put forward by a world leader, it’s a serious concern.

To have an opinion is one thing, but to offend, dictate and control beyond reason is quite another. I can’t express how disheartened I am.

These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!

So for now, while we mourn, I will ask you to imagine us going back to summer with a little taste of it in  these Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches.

I actually initially meant to make a margherita style panini with some basil pesto and plum tomatoes, but happily stumbled upon this creation quite by accident and it’s become one of my favourite lunches.

A little midday pick-me-up over this not-so-happy news.

These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!

These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches just might be all you need to power through today and the rest of the week.

I have a feeling you’re going to need it.

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These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!
These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!
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Rating: 5
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Course Sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Course Sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!
Votes: 4
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil over med-high heat. Season steaks with salt and pepper.
  2. When oil starts to smoke, add steaks. Sear on each side for 1-2 min (more if you'd like it more well-done). Let steak sit for 5 min before slicing thinly across the grain.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven broiler to highest setting. Slice focaccia bread in half, then cut into 4 equal pieces.
  4. Toast bread for 2-3 min under broiler. Add 3-4 slices of cheese, followed by red onion, 2-3 slices tomato, 2 basil leaves, half of each steak, a handful of arugula and 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar per toast. Serve immediately and save leftover slices of bread for another purpose (they can be frozen for the next time you make this meal!)

These Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches are a deliciously simple lunch idea layered with buffalo mozzarella, arugula, balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced red onion on fresh focaccia bread!

Will you be making these Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches? If you try any of my recipes be sure to let me know on InstagramTwitterFacebook or in the comments – I’d love to see what you come up with!

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    November 9, 2016 at 10:32

    Love open faced sandwiches! These are so light and perfect for lunch.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 10, 2016 at 13:37

      Thanks so much! Have to agree with you there 😉

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    November 9, 2016 at 10:52

    OMG this is my kind of meal! I would eat steak every single day!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 10, 2016 at 13:35

      Thank you Lisa 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelly @ TastingPage
    November 9, 2016 at 11:36

    Some of my favorite ingredients here. Great party pleaser!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 10, 2016 at 12:57

      Thanks Kelly! 🙂

  • Reply
    Amanda Mason
    November 9, 2016 at 11:52

    This looks amazing!!! Your pictures are so beautiful!! It’s always good to find simple recipes…I’m printing this out for my hubby’s lunch! He’ll love this!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 10, 2016 at 13:22

      Thank you so much Amanda, I really appreciate your kind words! Let me know if you end up making these – if I could afford to eat steak every day I could hahaha

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    Claire @foodiequine
    November 9, 2016 at 12:22

    I feel your pain. Today is a dark day for the whole world. I thought Brexit was bad but it pales in comparison.
    Back to the food, love the sound of this but I need my beef much more rare.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 10, 2016 at 13:26

      I have to admit the steak came out a bit more overdone than I usually have it but it was still pink inside! Darn glare of the light haha

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    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    November 11, 2016 at 12:24

    This meal is speaking my love language! Absolutely gorgeous. And, I still have faith in the goodness of Americans. Let’s demonstrate the love we want to see!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 15, 2016 at 10:03

      That is SO true Andrea! <3

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    November 11, 2016 at 12:31

    Wish that I had the ingredients for your sandwich “in house”. Exactly what I’m craving right now! 10

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 15, 2016 at 10:04

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Linda @ Your Daily Food Choices
    November 11, 2016 at 12:37

    These sandwiches look so tasty! Healthy and colorful – just perfect for lunch or dinner. Love fresh basil on sandwiches.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 15, 2016 at 10:05

      I know, I love fresh basil on anything!!!

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    November 11, 2016 at 13:01

    This looks super delicious and I could eat it every day. I love your photos! How do you get them so crisp and clear?

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 15, 2016 at 10:07

      Hey Karen – I love your photos too, you don’t seem to have a problem taking clear photos?! Haha! I’m so glad you said that because I’m using an entry level camera (Canon T5i) right now and have been wanting to upgrade to the 6D!

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    Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish
    November 11, 2016 at 13:30

    This is seriously brilliant! Looks absolutely delicious!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 15, 2016 at 10:09

      Thanks Suzy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Vesna @ VespressoCooking
    November 29, 2016 at 08:05

    I truly feel your pain and I’m aware of the fact that we have to be strong and fight for our beliefs!
    I love your recipe, too. I’m definitely going to try this sandwich for dinner and I plan on using some crispy pan-seared duck breast! 🙂

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    Anna Powell
    November 30, 2016 at 12:30

    This looks delicious. Great pictures by the way. – Anna

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