Open Faced Steak Caprese 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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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 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.
Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 quick-fry sirloin steaks about 1-inch thick
- 2 vine or plum tomatoes
- baby arugula
- 8 basil leaves
- 1 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1 log buffalo mozzarella sliced
- 1 loaf of long focaccia bread
- 4 tsp balsamic vinegar divided
- Salt and pepper
- In a large frying pan, heat olive oil over med-high heat. Season steaks with salt and pepper.
- 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.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven broiler to highest setting. Slice focaccia bread in half, then cut into 4 equal pieces.
- 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!)
Will you be making these Open Faced Steak Caprese Sandwiches? If you try any of my recipes be sure to let me know on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or in the comments – I'd love to see what you come up with!