Thursday, 26 July 2012

Recipe: Lunchtime Italian Style Open Topped Bagels with Mozzarella and Deli Salami

Lunchtime is always a bit of a conundrum for me. Breakfast, simple: usually I go for a bowl of fresh berries topped with yogurt. Dinner? I try out different recipes, make big meals etc. but I never really know what to make for lunch. It has become one of my food resolutions to try and be more adventurous with my lunches, and when I picked up some delicious cured salami in a local deli I decided to take a look at what I had in the fridge and in the larder. I came up with this, a Italian style open topped bagel. 
You can really use anything you have to hand, but I think all of the flavours in this version I came up with blend perfectly. I used 1/2 a ball of mozzarella (I had this for lunch two days in a row), a plain bagel (though I think this would be fantastic with a seed bagel), a handful of fresh rocket, a large sliced tomato, good quality salami, good quality olive oil and a small wedge of fresh lemon.

Cut the bagel in half and toast it. The moment it comes out of the toaster tear the mozzarella over it so the mozzarella melts slightly onto the bread. Cut the salami rounds into quarters and scatter half of the pieces over the cheese. Then top with the rocket, the sliced tomatoes and the rest of the salami. Season well with freshly ground salt and pepper, squeeze over the lemon and a generous drizzle of olive oil. 
Obviously the better the quality of your ingredients, the better the taste but if you want to cut down on costs the only two things you can't really afford to scrimp on are the salami and the olive oil. The salamis you can get in Marks & Spencer are okay if you're making sandwiches or feeding a crowd, but for something like this you really need to head out to a delicatessen for the very best. This one is dense, meaty and packed with flavour. 
At the moment I have been using this can of Simply Extra Virgin I picked up in Tescos in my salads, but I have my eye on returning to the deli I got the salami from for some lemon infused extra virgin olive oil, which I think would be fantastic in this recipe, as well as on its own for a dressing. 

Have you made anything different for your lunch recently? 


  1. Daniela Patterson26 July 2012 at 11:12

    I know what you mean, sick of cheese and pickle sandwiches myself:) Where I'm originally from (the Czech Republic), it's common for people to have their biggest meal at lunch time and then only have something small (usually even cold) for dinner so it was a bit of a shock for me when I moved to the UK and had to get used to having it the other way round. It also took some time to discover all the different things one can have for lunch on the go. Right now, wraps or filled pitas with hummus, salad and either feta or cheddar are my favourite. I also like falafel or bean wraps or cheese baguettes. Need to venture into the realms of bagels as well, great alternative! x

  2. My food patterns used to be really mixed up, because at boarding school we had our big meal at lunch (usually as we had to do sport every afternoon) then a smalled dinner, and when I went home to my parents we had a tiny lunch, and a massive dinner!

    I love on the go lunch wraps, there is an amazing place in my home town of Canterbury called Canteen which does the most amazing DIY filled warm flatbreads and take away salads.

  3. I'm exactly the same as you, lunch is just so difficult to decide what to have. I'll definitely be trying this out though since it looks delicious!

    Gem x

  4. Margarida Reis26 July 2012 at 17:46

    i''ll try it!!! looks so yummi!

  5. FromGemWithLove26 July 2012 at 22:25

    Yum yum yum!!!

  6. Ahh this looks SO good! I've been experimenting with green juices ha, that's about as interesting as my diet gets! But I may have to sneak you into my life to make this for me.

  7. nom nomm it looks tasty!