A simple toasted sandwich with an Italian twist.

4 slices whole grain bread
2 thin slices ham
1½ oz (45g) thinly sliced mozzarella cheese
1 tomato—thinly sliced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic—peeled and cut in half


TOP two slices of bread evenly with ham, cheese, tomato, basil, salt and pepper. COVER with the other two bread slices and lightly brush the sandwiches on both sides with the oil. HEAT a frying pan over a medium heat and place the sandwiches into the pan (wait until the pan is hot before you add the sandwiches or else they'll stick). COOK for 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. REMOVE from the pan, rub one side of each sandwich with the cut-side of the garlic, and cut in half to serve.

Variations: Add rings of thinly sliced onion or a few sliced olives. Replace the basil with a smear of pesto or use finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes instead of fresh.

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