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Dinner Tonight: Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Red Pepper, Mozzarella, and Arugula Sandwich

Although I've had some incredibly good meatless sandwiches in my life, whenever I make them at home they tend to come out overstuffed, messy, and muddled. With the meat gone, I often add too many vegetables that don't play well together. I wanted a simple veggie sandwich but still one that would make me full. I thought back to one of my favorite sandwich shops in Brooklyn to see what combinations it used. I found Brooklyn Bread's menu online and came across this simple combination.

The components perfectly play off each other—the roasted red peppers add sweetness; the mozzarella, the creaminess; the broccoli rabe, a slight bitter note; and the argula, the kick of pepper. All that's needed is a drizzle of olive oil and salt to finish it off.

Although the title is long, the ingredients are few. And if you already have roasted red peppers, then all you have to cook is the broccoli rabe. I based the cooking of the broccoli rabe on Barabara Kafka's wonderful Vegetable Love. Otherwise, it is as easy as stacking ingredients on bread.

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