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A split loaf of bread on a sheet pan topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced red tomatoes, thinly sliced basil and balsamic glaze.

Caprese Bread

This recipe for caprese bread is a rustic loaf layered with fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, basil and balsamic glaze.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 212kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 16 ounce loaf of bread (focaccia, pane rustico, pugliese, any rustic bread)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 10 ounces fresh mozzarella thinly sliced
  • 4-6 ripe tomatoes sliced
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic glaze
  • coarse salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the broiler. Split the loaf of bread lengthwise.
  • Brush each half of the bread with the olive oil.
  • Rub the cut side of the garlic all over each half of the bread.
  • Cover the surface of each half of the bread with the mozzarella. Place the bread on a sheet pan.
  • Broil for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn't burn!
  • Remove from the oven. Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the mozzarella layer.
  • Sprinkle the basil, salt and pepper on top of the tomatoes. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top of the bread and serve immediately.


Little Helpers - My girls had a great time arranging the tomatoes on top to make a pretty design.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1.2mg