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Servings: 4
Lightly broiled, cheese-kissed "tomato sandwiches" are a treat. We love them in the summer when the tomatoes are at their very best. Add a few thin slices of cooked chicken to the stacks for a light main course, or serve these as a side dish with any plainly cooked chicken, beef, lamb, or fish.


  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded nonfat mozzarella (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 Tbs grated high-quality parmesan cheese
  • 8 or 9 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried, and roughly torn
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar


  • Preheat the broiler. Spray the broiling pan with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Core the tomatoes and slice each crosswise into 4 even slices. Lay 4 of the tomato slices on the broiling pan and sprinkle with half the mozzarella and all the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with olives and basil leaves and top with the remaining tomato slices.
  • Broil about 6 inches from the heat for about 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  • Remove the broiling pan and sprinkle the top tomato slices with the rest of the cheese. Broil for about 2 minutes longer or until the cheese melts over the top of the tomato stacks. Using a spatula, transfer the tomato stacks to a serving platter and drizzle each with about 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar.
Recipe courtesy of The Pump Energy Food by Steve Kapelonis and Elena Kapelonis. Copyright © 2005 Steve Kapelonis and Elena Kapelonis. All Rights Reserved. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 84
  Calories from Fat 22 (26%)
(4%)Total Fat 2g
(1%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(2%)Cholesterol 7mg
(17%)Sodium 402mg
(3%)Potassium 122mg
Total Carbohydrate 3g
(4%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(24%)Protein 12g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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