Caprese Wheel


A rustic Italian loaf called a cucolo makes an impressive large sandwich that serves a crowd. For the filling, olive tapenade is added to the classic Italian combination of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil known as "Caprese."


  • 1 loaf cucolo

  • ½ cup Olive Tapenade

  • 1 ball (12 ounces) fresh mozzarella

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

  • 2 yellow tomatoes, sliced ½ inch thick

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Slice cucolo crosswise into 2 rounds. Spread both rounds with tapenade. Arrange slices of mozzarella, basil, and tomato on the bottom half. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining half loaf.

Cook's Notes

If you use a round loaf other than cucolo, you may need to scoop out some of the insides of the bread so the sandwich isn't too thick. Save the scooped-out bread for bread crumbs.

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