Can't get enough basil! This recipe invites mascarpone and smoked fish to join the archetypal basil- tomato pairing. First make the mascarpone schmear and refrigerate for at least 8 hours for the flavors to develop The bread in the photo is an asiago cheese pugliese, but I hope to try this again with a dark rye or multi-grain loaf. —AppleAnnie
basil leaves, loosely packed
your best balsamic vinegar
fresh lemon juice
Open Face Sandwich
slices of artisan bread
ripe heirloom tomatoes
small pieces of smoked fish (I used Duck Trap smoked mackerel)
Cut the basil into small shreds, and the parsley into small snips. Process the herbs, mascarpone, balsamic, and lemon juice in a mini-prep or food processor until the leaves are pulverized and all ingredients are well blended. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight for the flavors to develop. It doesn't taste like much before the long refrigeration, but the chilling works wonders.
To assemble the sandwich, slather the bread with the basil-mascarpone "schmear." Next, layer on a few small pieces of smoked fish, and top with a generous slice of heirloom tomato. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the tomato and the slice of summer sandwich is complete.