This recipe comes from Local Flavors by Deborah Madison.  There are of course many ways to enjoy A Big Tomato Sandwich (BLT, being a perennial favorite), but this is pretty great, plus it will also use some of your bell peppers.


  • 1 large loaf ciabatta or other round crusty bread
  • Herb vinaigrette
  • 2 or more big ripe, juicy tomatoes
  • 1 large sweet pepper, roasted
  • Fresh mozzarella, goat or other favorite cheese

Slice the top third off the loaf of breat and set it aside.  Pull out the inside (you can use it to make bread crumbs).  Paint the inside of the bread with some dressing then make layers of sliced tomatoes, pepper, and cheese.  bathe each layer with the dressing and season with salt and pepper.  Add the top, press down, then cut into quarters or sixths.

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