cheesy tomato and pesto bagel sandwiches
A month or so ago, Geoff changed his schedule at work so that he now has an hour long lunch period. Since we live a little less than a mile from his work, this means that he gets to come home for lunch now most days. I love having a little time with him in the middle of the day, and since Lizzy is usually napping when he comes home, it almost feels like a little date! The only slight problem with Geoff coming home for lunch is that instead of eating my usual random two crackers here and a chunk of cheese there, I actually have to prepare a proper lunch. And on the days when the cupboards are bare and the fridge is full of expired food that I haven’t gotten around to throwing out yet (I loathe cleaning out the fridge), pickings are pretty slim.
One day last week I happened to have just the ingredients needed for this meal (and not much else) and decided to go for it. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it was heavenly! The pesto kind of sunk into the bagel and made it taste like the best basil-y garlic bread I’ve ever had, and the creamy mozzarella and tomato were perfect together! Even Geoff, who often raises an eyebrow at the weird hodge-podge I throw together for breakfast and lunch, said it was delicious and asked when we could have it again. Yum!
Cheesy Tomato and Pesto Bagel Sandwiches2 bagels, sliced in half4 heaping teaspoons of basil pesto (I used the fresh pesto from Costco)4 slices of fresh mozzarella (again, I used the sliced mozzarella from Costco)4 slices of tomatosalt and pepper to tastePreheat oven to 375. Spread one teaspoon of pesto on each bagel half. Top each with a slice of mozzarella and a tomato, then add salt and pepper to taste. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy!